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Abscess in tooth, swollen and hard mouth, brown pus drainage. Normal?

Hi. My fiance has spent 3 days in the hospital with what I think is an abscessed tooth ..which we are working on getting pulled somehow but my question is this around is tooth and gums directly where the tooth is I font see any swelling but his jaw right at his jawbone and below his mouth were swollen and really hard. After coming home from the hospital the abscessed busted and started to drain but not from around his tooth from somewhere further back in his neck and the pus coming out is milky brown not yellow at all. I am wondering if this is normal or should I be worried and if he swallows any will it hurt him? He is on clindamycin antibiotic ..
Asked On : Sun, 5 Aug 2012
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Dentist, Periodontics 's  Response
Dear tinawilliams

with the details provided by you, I understand the abscess has spread from tooth to bone and fascial space. it is common in such conditions for the pus to drain through sites other than mouth/oral cavity. it may drain through cheeks or neck sometimes. since he is already on antibiotics you need not worry. no harm if he swallows it. however once the infection is under control, get appropriate treatment (extraction/root canal treatment) done immediately so that source of infection is removed. the color of abscess may not be always yellow. in this case most likely explanation for milky brown pus may be the pus is draining along with blood.

take care

Answered: Mon, 6 Aug 2012
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Dentist Dr. Bibhu Dutt Nanda's  Response
hello and welcome to hcm forum,
i would like to inform you that drainage of abscess is very important in order to resolve the infection, opening from where the pus discharges is called sinus and as the infection in your fiance's case must have been severe therefore the sinus is present extraorally.
also,he cannot swallow the discharge, and he is on antibiotics therefore you don't have to worry,
the swelling as well as sinus will resolve with time.
just take care of his diet and make him eat well,
i wish him good health.
Answered: Mon, 6 Aug 2012
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General & Family Physician Dr. Ramesh M.Vachharajani's  Response
Hi, Tina,
Thanks for query.
It seems that your finance has developed peri alveolar abscess and burst open.
Consult dentist and get removed infected tooth.
He will drain the pus and do the dressing.
Continue antibiotic.
Take some anti inflammatory medicines.
Ok and bye.
Answered: Sun, 5 Aug 2012
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