Tooth abscess

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What is tooth abscess?

A tooth abscess is a collection of pus (bacterial infection) that forms in the tooth. Some symptoms include swelling, pain and inflammation. The infection can spread to the surrounding bone supporting the tooth. A tooth abscess may occur with an untreated dental cavity, or trauma to the tooth.

Common symptoms reported by people with tooth abscess

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, insomnia, fatigue, and pain) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with tooth abscess

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Clindamycin PH 1% Gel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
tooth abscess (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
Depressed mood (2) Pain (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
Pain (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Valium)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
Anxious mood (3) Insomnia (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
Insomnia (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Tylenol)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
Pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
Anxious mood (2) Insomnia (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Amoxil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
tooth abscess (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Augmentin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
tooth abscess (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Keflex)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
tooth abscess (2)

Data from patients with tooth abscess, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with tooth abscess

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Clindamycin PH 1% Gel)
Perceived effectiveness
for tooth abscess (4 evaluations)
Side effects
Diarrhea Abdominal cramps 4 more
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
tooth abscess (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (2 evaluations)
Side effects
Confusion Drowsiness 5 more
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
Depressed mood (2) Pain (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (3 evaluations)
Side effects
Balance problems Brain fog 5 more
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
Pain (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Valium)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (3 evaluations)
Side effects
Fatigue Tiredness
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
Anxious mood (3) Insomnia (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (2 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Drowsy in a.m. 3 more
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
Insomnia (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Tylenol)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
Pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (4 evaluations)
Side effects
Dizziness Drowsiness 1 more
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
Anxious mood (2) Insomnia (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Amoxil)
Perceived effectiveness
for tooth abscess (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Diarrhea
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
tooth abscess (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Augmentin)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
tooth abscess (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Keflex)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
tooth abscess (2)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with tooth abscess, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has tooth abscess on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 1
20s 3
30s 12
40s 19
50s 7
60s 1
70+ 2
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 1
20-29 years 6
30-39 years 1
40-49 years 3
50-59 years 5
60-69 years 0
70+ years 0

Sex

Distribution of sex

83% Female
17% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 20
Not Diagnosed 3

These charts show data from tooth abscess patients who have completed their condition history
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