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Posted by: M&M | 2004/10/18

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Abses in top left tooth, pain in left side of face

Good day, I have an abses in my left upper side tooth. My left side from my left nostril till the top of my head is burning - I'm not sure if this is due to the abses or sinus - as I have had hayfever and sinus for 16 years now and have had face pains before. The abses is there since July and the dentist has treated it twice now by putting antiobiotics in the tooth itself. I'm only seeing the dentist again beginning of November - that is for when he booked me for further treatment. My husband said they should pull the tooth as the abses can go to my brain - but my dentist laughed at that and said it's not true. I have no pain where my tooth or abses is, but only from where my left nostril starts till on the top of my headPlease help!

Expert's Reply

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Oral health expert

Hello,

The roots of some teeth lie close to the maxillary sinus and it is possible for the infection to spread to other spaces via the sinus. Why are you only seeing the dentist in November if you had seen him in July? If you are doing a root canal it could have been done a long time ago. My suggestion is to see your dentist IMMEDIATELY and not wait for November. You should not leave an abscess unattended.

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Posted by: M&M | 2004/10/18

Me again - something else : the dentist asked me if i wanted root canal or extraction on that tooth. I am not sure if he has started on root canal. What is root canal - what does the dentist do?? It is the fifth tooth if you count from the top left to the back. I know he has treated it with antiobiotics on 2 sessions. I can still feel there is an abses on my gums where it started to come out the first time - but the red and white colours is gone and the bump is very slight almost normal, although I can still feel there is something there. Should I rather ask him next time to extract the tooth - I have an appointment with him again on 5 November.

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