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What are the symptoms of an abscessed tooth?

Common symptoms of a dental abscess include swelling, pain when chewing, a constant toothache or a dull, constant throb associated with the tooth. Other symptoms may include swelling of the glands of the neck, fever, bad breath, and odd or bitter taste in the mouth. Drainage from the gum tissue may also be present. The gum tissue can become inflamed, swollen, or infected. A small pimple on the gingival tissue referred to as a sinus tract may also develop and is usually representative of a dental infection. The abscess can be painful but occasionally the problem can go unnoticed unless detected by a dental professional.

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Comment from: Unluckygirl, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: January 03

I had severe toothache for a couple of days starting Christmas Eve, of course no dentists were open, so I had to bear with it. I tried so many home remedies of which none worked. I tried the numbing gels and sprays, they didn't touch the pain either and no pain relief worked. I had ibuprofen, paracetamol, Co-codamol and I even tried tramadol and was still in agony. I woke up on Boxing Day with my face swollen a little bit in agony and managed to find an emergency dentist open he just told me it was an infection and gave me amoxicillin. That day I was so much worse, I was in agony I was being sick, it was just awful the worst pain I've ever felt. The only thing that made me not want to rip my face off was a hot water bottle. I didn't sleep a wink and the next day I was the same but I just thought I would wait to see if the antibiotics would kick in. Well, on the Saturday which was the 5th day of this excruciating pain it hit its all-time worst. I went to the emergency room and I felt pressure and then I spat out quite a bit of blood. It bled for a little while and the pain went from a 10/10 to about a 2/10. The doctor said it was probably an abscess but because he couldn't open my mouth to see due to the swelling which was restricting me from opening my mouth; I couldn't even put my finger between my teeth, that's how little it would open. He gave me stronger pain killers and off I went. Since then I've had the best 2 night's sleep ever but today which is Monday, I've had the throbbing pain back all day again! It's not as painful but it's so annoying. I know I need my tooth out and I've nearly finished my antibiotics but I still can't open my mouth very wide at al,l so I don't know whether the dentist will be able to do it as it's my bottom back right molar. The only way this pain is going to go is when the tooth is pulled. I can't bear it anymore, the painkillers the doctor gave me aren't touching it again either.

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Comment from: Alive2012, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 20

In 2012, I had an abscessed tooth that almost cost me my life. The only pain I felt was the last warning. It was the worst pain in my life. I fell to my knees and rolled in pain. It was so difficult to walk 2 tiny footsteps. I felt like a fish out of water as I gasped for oxygen. Please take your abscessed tooth seriously and seek help right away. It was the bacteria that caused infection throughout my bloodstream. The bacteria was attacking my heart valve, causing the valve to leak into my bloodstream. It put me in the hospital twice. First, they had to do an emergency dental procedure to pull out the abscessed tooth. It took 12 weeks with 4 strong antibiotics to clear the infection in my body. Then, I had emergency dental surgery and cleaning. Later, I had to have an open heart surgery to close my heart valve. I put off the dental work, due to lack of funds. Now, my dental is at the top of the list. Your mouth is so important to keep healthy. I shared my personal story to help anyone who think an abscessed tooth can wait. Please strongly encourage others to take care of their teeth.

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