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Infected tooth, pus taste in mouth, swelling and pain around cheek and top of neck. What should be done?

I have a bad tooth and the taste of pus in my mouth. There is some swelling and pain around my cheek and the top of my neck . I think I also have a wisdom tooth coming through, but I cannot be too sure. I am taking painkillers, applying ice packs and swilling my mouth out with salty water. I went to see a dentist but with Christmas coming up, I will have to wait a few days before I can be seen unless you think I should see someone sooner. What should I do? Thank you for your time.
Asked On : Fri, 28 Dec 2012
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hello & welcome
most probably u are suffering from pericornitis. This is a type of infection caused by partially erupted wisdom tooth.
in such cases only painkillers are not sufficient you have to do an antibiotic course including Amoxycilline 500mg TDS, Metronidazole 400 mg TDS , Ibuprofen 400 mg TDS, & warm saline rinses.
Than visit to your dentist as soon as possible and go for a check X-ray.
take care.
Answered: Thu, 3 Jan 2013
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