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Do I need to get treatment for an abcessed tooth?

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An abscessed tooth won’t go away on its own. See your dentist right away if you have signs of one. It’s important to treat it because there’s a chance it could spread to your jaw or other parts of your head or neck. This is especially true if your immune system is weak because of a health condition, like HIV or AIDS. Certain medications, including some cancer treatments, can also make it harder for your body to fight off infections.

From: Do I Have an Abscessed Tooth? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: Tooth Abscess: “Overview,” “Symptoms and Causes,” “Diagnosis.”

NHS Choices: “Dental Abscess.”

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on June 17, 2019

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: Tooth Abscess: “Overview,” “Symptoms and Causes,” “Diagnosis.”

NHS Choices: “Dental Abscess.”

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on June 17, 2019

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