Patient Comments: Abscessed Tooth - Symptoms


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Comment from: Sammie75, 35-44 Female (Caregiver) Published: July 10

I had the worst pain ever from my abscessed tooth! The whole right side of my face was painful and swollen, I would not put my worst enemy through it. The dentist diagnosed an abscess on my upper molar and prescribed antibiotics. No OTC painkillers worked, I had to take a combination of a few to make it bearable, get it sorted straight away!

Comment from: Wd, 55-64 (Caregiver) Published: June 24

My abscessed tooth was like giving birth in my mouth! I had throbbing pain and nothing helped; not pain killers, salt water gargles, oil pulling, clove oil, or oregano oil. I couldn’t wait to go to work to get some antibiotics. They put me on amoxicillin, and after two pills the pain is tolerable but still very noticeable. The whole left side of my head hurts from my hair to my neck and that’s no exaggeration. I looked in my mouth and I see no obvious signs of an abscess, but my face is now swollen. And this is after a root canal!

Comment from: Faith , 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 21

I had 2 abscessed teeth extracted. The upper right wisdom tooth and the molar next to it. I have had an abscess in my right cheek for 3 or4 yeas! I'm having a shocking pain that goes through my lower jaw into the joint. The abscess is in front of the joint area. I wonder if I am getting a dry socket or if it is from the abscess or just the extraction. The pain isn't excruciating but pretty painful! Why is my pain in the lower jaw when my wisdom tooth was extracted from the top! I'm on antibiotics but it's not helping pain!

Comment from: MissC, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: April 29

I have pain and discomfort when chewing because of an abscessed tooth.

Comment from: Lisa, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: February 11

I had a severe tooth abscess at the age of 18. It started off with a bad taste in my mouth, then this severe head ache and vomiting started. I ended up going to the general physician’s surgery for antibiotics and then had my tooth removed at the dentist. I never had a head ache like it, I can’t describe the head ache I had. But if I didn’t go and get that tooth removed when I did I would have gone into a coma, the infection was about to spread into my brain causing inflammation. People can and do die from abscessed teeth.

Comment from: Carla Remas, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: March 03

I've been struggling with my teeth breaking off on even soft foods and due to that I am sitting with a severe abscessed tooth. I don’t have the money to go to a dentist and our local clinic can’t help because you have to wait in line and hope that you would be seen, and if not, you have to wait for the next date. I desperately need help as soon as possible.

Comment from: Js, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 22

My tooth felt like some food was stuck. It turned to be abscess. High pain. I alternated Tylenol and ibuprofen so I could take every 3 hours. I had 6 days of amoxicillin and I can eat again. I didn't feel well. There was pain to drink water of any temperature. Now my abscessed tooth bite is off. The gum depth was 6 and I think if I had rubber pick massaged the gums, they might have improved. Check out biological dentists. They won't do root canals and use 3D images to check tissue health.

Comment from: Heathen414, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: December 31

Last week I had headaches and went to the doctor. Did not figure an abscessed tooth. thought it was because of my sinuses. This week I have bad pain when heat, or cold anything touches. I went to the dentist who diagnosed it was abscessed around the roots. I am on amoxicillin. I will go back to have it pulled next week. Zero pain medicines given. In US nearly impossible to get any. It is terrible because the pain is bad.

Comment from: Barb, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: May 29

I had a hard lump on my gum. It was in the lower part of my jaw. I had some pain at first but the pain got worse and the lump got bigger. I decided to go to the dentist. He confirmed that it was an abscess in a pocket in the gum. He recommended having it cleaned out and prescribed an antibiotic, and told me to wash my mouth out with a large glass of warm salt water. Two teaspoon to 8 oz. of water l was to rinse until I used all of the water. I also on my own used a mouth wash call Vince. It has been a week and the pain and swelling are almost gone. I didn’t take the antibiotic. I have an appointment with the hygienist tomorrow. Date 5/22/18. I will see what she recommends.

Comment from: Georgia, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: May 24

I have my teeth cleaned every 3 months due to large pockets. Today, hygienist said dentist had to look before she cleaned. He said tooth/gum was abscessed and had infection and pus. The area that is infected is between two teeth, one of which is part of a bridge. The dentist said both teeth will need to be extracted and he will have to 'crack' the bridge to take one of them out. I have had no symptoms there other than occasional bleeding when I brush that side. Needless to say, I am upset about all this.


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Comment from: Kel, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 18

With the abscessed tooth I had a sore mouth, numb lip, soreness beside my nose, swelling of cheek, eye pain, headache, loose tooth, sore gum, swollen gland under jaw, aching on whole side of face, soreness in front of ear, feeling sick, feeling giddy, inability to eat properly, hoarse voice, and stuffy nose.

Comment from: SeverelyDepressed, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: September 17

I had an abscessed tooth and my symptoms were fever, headache, earache, and jaw pain. I had severe swelling of the jaw, and even eye pain. I couldn't talk to anyone because I was in so much pain. I couldn't sleep because the pain was so severe especially at night, I was even in tears because of the pain. On a scale of 1 to 10 my pain rate was way beyond that, I rate the pain I felt a 20. I advise anyone who has an abscessed tooth to get it taken care of immediately. It's not worth going through lots of pain and suffering.

Comment from: Never get an abscess, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: August 21

I had extreme pain at the actual site of the infection that feels like something is literally eating your jaw from the inside; it is a constant very sharp pain. My abscessed tooth was on the bottom right, 2nd molar from the back (3rd if I had my wisdom teeth). I also felt an intense throbbing pain just below my ear, and that same pain, but less intense just below my jaw in my neck. The swelling was immense, it felt to be about the size of two 2 liter caps side by side. Also, it seemed that the swelling hindered my hearing in the infected side but just slightly.

Comment from: chris, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: May 01

I had an abscessed lower molar. First symptoms were dull, throbbing ache in upper jaw above affected tooth. Tooth then pushed up from the pressure and was very sore. Then whole side of my face swelled.

Comment from: pinkowl, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: January 21

In my case, the abscess happened because of a crown gone bad. At first, it was just mildly painful, only bothering me if I bit down too hard. Overnight, the pain got unbearable. OTC pain medicines wouldn't touch it, the pain medicines from the emergency room didn't do anything. The only thing that got me through until I could get it pulled were high powered painkillers that I had to take every 4 hours like clockwork. I couldn't sleep without them. I would say the pain was a 10 out of 10 without medicines. With medicines it was probably a 3 or 4, just mild enough that I could at least sleep. I had to deal with that for 2 weeks, during which my face swelled up to the point that I couldn't open my mouth more than about an inch. I didn't eat for the whole time because I couldn't and didn't want to. After I got it pulled, the swelling was so bad that I had to have a drain put in the side of my face for a few days to let the blood and stuff drain out. I know it sounds like a little much, but it was so incredibly awful that I literally wanted to die at some points. I've never been in so much pain before in my entire life.

Comment from: blueEyes81, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: December 19

I had severe swelling (from my left ear, across my jaw-and under my chin to the right side of my face; including inside my mouth, under the tongue.) I had trouble swallowing (due to pain), trouble speaking due to pain and swelling, fever and trouble sleeping due to pain. As for pain, if I was lucky it was at a 6, at the worst, an 8.5.

Comment from: Anna, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: March 10

I got a heavy gum bleeding, I didn't feel any pain from the abscessed tooth.

Comment from: kissy, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: December 19

I have a sore and sensitive tooth and throbbing pain; I was up all night and had fever. And it’s the first molar.


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