Tooth & Gum Abscesses : How Dentists Drain an Abscessed Tooth

Dentists drain an abscessed tooth by drilling a hole through the tooth into the inner chamber of the tooth. Learn more about how a dentist drains an abscessed tooth in this free video featuring a practicing dentist. Expert: Dr. Joe Neely Bio: Dr. Joe Neely practices dentistry with Barton Oaks Dental Group. With over 35 years of experience, Dr. Neely loves helping people get the smile they want. Filmmaker: MAKE | MEDIA
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25 Responses to “Tooth & Gum Abscesses : How Dentists Drain an Abscessed Tooth”

  1. In england, it’s free for under 16 and it’s free for those with low incomes :D

  2. If the abscess is from a cavity then drilling through the tooth is okay. But if it is a periodontal abscess then there is no point to kill the tooth. Better to get a Scaling & Root Planing (SRP). This way the tooth can still stay alive and you can avoid a root canal, cap and eventual pull.

  3. If I knew how much it would cost, I would have done it growing up. My tooth got so bad that you only see the bottom of my tooth. I would have done a crown or filliment, but they said I could only do 2 payments. Either one is about $2000. I can’t do that shit, and I’m sick of getting debts.

  4. I knew a dental hygenist who told me that if just half the population flossed once a day properly and brushed 3 or more times a day, half the profession would need to find another line of work.

  5. WeatherMondacicci on January 1st, 2013 at 5:25 am

    Yes, I know, I’m on Medicare/Medicaid. Medicaid stopped services two years ago and as a result I developed a host of cavities, a few months after I just had 24 cavities filled, then Medicaid stopped their services after that. My teeth disintegrated because of the previous and new cavities and I lost all my teeth and now wear dentures. I am only 31 years olds. I don’t know why my teeth disintegrated like that but I had bad teeth anyways.

  6. I really think that insurance companies aren’t convinced that teeth are necessary, that’s why it’s so expensive. They don’t realize how it impacts your health or lost time at work etc. Expense and me being embarrassed about the condition of my teeth is why I hesitate to go in. I didn’t have the best of habits, but considering I take medicine that causes dry mouth, family history of bad teeth in general, and I’m allergic to milk products, I’m not in a good position right now.

  7. i use a needle through the gum.. you’ll know you have the abcess because the needle will go in pretty far with little pressure at all..

  8. Got a pre molar removed yesterday afternoon and a cheek abscess drained. Still in quite a bit of pain. Not fun.

    Anyway, mine flared up quite suddenly on Saturday and I ended up spending the night in hospital on IV meds. The doctors prescribed me Panadeine Forte and Ibuprofen for the pain and although the combo only lasts a few hours (4 to 6) it’s quite effective. What sucks though is that it will make you drowsy as hell so no driving. I’ve had to take time off work.

  9. blissfulguitarist on January 1st, 2013 at 7:27 am

    Pilot G2 for the win! 

  10. FluffyBunnies44 on January 1st, 2013 at 8:14 am

    I have got a major abscessed tooth, anyway the whole right side of my face is swollen and I have alot of pain. My appointment is more than a month away.They gave me meds but the pain still stays. And it does not last long. Is there anyway to relieve some of this pressure and pain without cutting myself open? [I'm getting a root cannal and a crown when I go to the dentist]…

  11. Give it a shot, might work. Make sure you film it so the Youtube community can know how it goes.

  12. I am in the UK and there are dentists that operate for free-but-they have limited spaces and are very VERY hard to get registered with. I, infact noone in my family has ever been registered with an NHS dentist because there just isnt the space-so some people in the UK do indeed have to pay

  13. same here – free dental care, free hospital treatment, free collage’s – i think it should be free everywhere because if someone in the uk gets tooth pain, they go to the dentist get the treatment there job done no money spent but in america if you get tooth pain you could be paying alot of money some people dont have!

  14. same here its the same with collage, dental care, hospital treatment ALL FREE!

  15. CORRECT!

  16. my dentist is free do you pay for yours?

  17. You’re clearly either under 16 or on the dole. Working people like me and students have to pay ridiculous amounts for treatment.

  18. spudmanchronic on January 1st, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    i really wish i took that advice years ago, seriously people listen to comali, an abscess is fucking painfull !!!!!

  19. Im glad i live in the UK. Free dental care ftw

  20. PantherSpectre on January 1st, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    I lost all mt teeth and had to get dentures due to radiation therapy for brain cancer. I love my dentures, they are very natural looking, but I have a question, I do alot of theater, and also help in a few local haunted houses around halloween, my usual role is that of a vampire. I’ve had to stop doing these things, sadly, as I cannot find realistic costume fangs that will work with dentures. Any suggestions, or do you know of a company that does make fangs condusive to use with dentures?

  21. god people sound so unintelligent when they talk like that

  22. wolfquestawesome on January 1st, 2013 at 3:11 pm

    i had this um thing when i some times wake up i get fluid in my mouth like water and then get my mouth dry and then like water not puss water comes like out between my teeth like just 1 though

  23. By a cavity that breaks through the enamel, the dentine, and then penetrates into the pulp of the tooth.

  24. how are these infections provoked?

  25. They drained my abscess with this long curvy pointy thing I think they poked a hole in it. So mush freakin puss came out in about 6 hours my gum was sore but it made the swelling go down