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Taken antibiotics for tooth abscess. Fluid build up in roof of mouth. Do I need to get it lanced?

I have a tooth abscess that I saw my doctor about yesterday. I can t afford to see a dentist (in australua we have free health care but this doesn t include dentists). He prescribed some antibiotics to clear the infection and the swelling and pain has already improved a lot. But there is now a fluid build up in the roof of my mouth. Do I need to get it lanced at the doctor? Or will it eventually drain on its own? I m only on day 2 of a 5 day course of antibiotics.
Asked On : Mon, 26 Nov 2012
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Dentist 's  Response
Holding salt water in your mouth for about 10 minutes at a time, packing the area of the tooth abscess with tea bags for a day - are two of the common home remedies for a tooth abscess. Put the Strepsil next to the gum area of the tooth with the abscess, so that the antibacterial effect is as close to the infection as one can get it.It is important to keep the lozenge in position for several hours, without sucking it.
Answered: Tue, 27 Nov 2012
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General & Family Physician Dr. Stephen Christensen's  Response
Hello. I'm Dr. Christensen.
I'm sorry you're having trouble with your tooth. You didn't mention if your abscess is in one of your upper teeth, in which case the swelling in the roof of your mouth could be a collection of pus and should, therefore, be lanced. If your abscess is in one of your lower teeth, the swelling in the roof of your mouth could be a sign of an allergic reaction to the antibiotic, and this should be evaluated immediately by your doctor.
Now, keep in mind that even after this swelling is addressed, the antibiotic you're taking is only a temporary fix. Once the antibiotic is completed, your abscess will probably return unless you see a dentist to get your bad tooth addressed.
I hope that answers your question, and I hope things go well for you.
Answered: Mon, 26 Nov 2012
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