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Face and Jaw Surgery

Abcess tooth or sinus

10/15/2007

Question:

I have been dealing with a lot of sinus problems lately, drainage etc. I woke up one morning to a swollen mouth the ER doctor said it is an abcessed tooth and gave me antibiotic and darvocet for pain. What can I do to reduce the swelling?

Answer:

The antibiotic and time will help reduce the swelling. However, you will continue to have recurrences of this problem until you have root canal treatment or an extraction. I would recommend that you seek dental care for an evaluation as soon as possible.

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Response by:

Melissa McCartney Drum, DDS, MS Melissa McCartney Drum, DDS, MS
Assistant Professor of Endodontics
College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University