due to problems with my insurance i have had this abscess tooth for like 3 months. i know it is abscess because i went to the dentist soon after the little bump on my gum showed up so he prescribed me antibiotics and told me to reschedual an appointment but that never happened because of the insurance..anyway the tooth does not hurt at all in fact i have layed ice cubes on it and nothing i wondered if the nerve could be dead in it. theres no cavity in it but it has been over filled with fillings but i do know its dangerous to my health but my question is can it wait until after the holidays? i really dont want to be in pain for christmas! thanks
It is not a good idea to do nothing. At least get some more antibiotics that will help clear up the infection.
Infection is acidic. As it grows under your tooth, it eats away some of the bone because it is acidic. So you end up with a little space under the tooth where there should be bone. The pus will continue to eat away at the bone. Depending on where the infection is in your mouth helps to determine the path the infection will take.
For your top teeth, the infection will most likely eat a path out to your gums by your lips or cheek. You gums will get that little bump on them, until your gums rupture and the infection can drain.This is because the bone on the lip or cheek side of your upper teeth is thin, and the bone on the roof of your mouth is thicker.
It is the bottom teeth where infections can get serious. In the anterior, an infection of the mandible can go either way, towards your lip or towards your tongue. The bone is thin on both sides. However in the posterior, the bone is often thinner on the tongue side than on the cheek side.
An abscess on the lower jaw, that heads toward the tongue side, can be serious in the front and in the back. Infections here can get into spaces in your neck and get very serious very quickly. You can get an infection of the brain called Ludwig’s Angina. You can get Lateral and Retro Space infections in your neck, that can restrict your breathing.
The fact that it sounds like your abscess is draining towards your lips or cheek is good. But things can change and quickly. At the very least, get another dose of antibiotics to take over the holidays, and hopefully that will get you over the holidays without any problems.
Every infection is serious. You never really know what can happen.
Edit: Ram are you nuts??
Don’t poison your body with antibotics.
Remove ALL SUGAR AND FRUIT
avoid wheat and white flour and soy.
Eat whole nutrients from real foods. Beef, chicken, fish.
Eat some liver and some Kerrygold or Anchor unsalted butter.
or other “pasture” fed better.
A tooth abscess can be healed naturally. Don’t let them root canal your tooth.
It can wait but, you may not be able to take the Pain. Rinse you Mouth with Warm Salted Water 2 or three times a Day. This will Help a Great deal.
No. Absolutely not. Abscess tooth can turn into worse things. With the tooth being abscessed, it means there is a pus pocket in your tooth. The best thing to do is to rinse with peroxide at least twice daily to help with the infection. Your tooth could completely die, needing pulled, or you could get septicaemia (blood infection) or meningitis from letting an abscessed tooth go too long without being treated.
Try and make an appointment with a local dental school. They could get you in soon, and at a much cheaper rate than your regular dentist (if your insurance doesn’t cover, or you don’t have insurance).