I have an absessed tooth

@nonew3 (1941)
United States
August 22, 2011 10:53am CST
One of the front teeth on my top jaw is abscessed. I saw a dentist about it last Wednesday, and am now on antibiotics. The pain has improved a lot since I started taking the amoxicillin. But, my abscessed tooth didn't have any swelling. How can an abscessed tooth not have swelling? I will see the dentist again very soon to get a root canal.
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@petersum (4526)
• United States
22 Aug 11
I have had abcesses on my back teeth but never on a front one. I can only guess that there isn't so much flesh around the front teeth, so swelling would be less or perhaps unnoticed. They are painful - I feel for you.
@nonew3 (1941)
• United States
22 Aug 11
Yeah. Don't ever get those. They really hurt! This is the first time I have ever had an abscessed tooth in the front area. I have to be careful whenever I bite into anything because of the pain. This is not fun! I am actually looking forward to getting the infection cleared up and having the root canal done, which will max out my dental insurance for the year. I don't know which is better or worse, having an abscessed tooth in the front or the back. Maybe they are both equally bad.
@nonew3 (1941)
• United States
22 Aug 11
The dentist put me on codeine for a little while for the pain. While waiting to see the dentist, I went through about 800 mg per day of ibuprofen and a lot of Orajel. The pain of an abscessed tooth can get so bad, all you can think about is making it go away!