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Suggest treatment for tooth abscess

I am diabetic and I found out in Jan 2011 that I have a tooth abscess. I have
been to five different dentists, but no one has been able to help me. So, being diabetic can this be a cause for a tooth abscess and considered a medical health issue rather than just dental?
Fri, 18 Jul 2014
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Dentist, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 's  Response
Thanks for your query, I have gone through your query.
The abscess could be because of the tooth infection or gum infection. Yes, you are right, the diabetes increases the risk of abscess formation in the oral cavity(multiple periodontal abscess).
Consult a oral physician to rule out these conditions by taking a radiograph.
If it is gum or tooth infection You can take a course of antibiotics and analgesics like amoxicillin 500mg and metronidazole 400mg tid for 5 days(if you are not allergic). After taking antibiotics you can get the tooth treated with RCT(if bone support is fine) for tooth infection.
if it is gum infection then get your teeth cleaned once and maintain the oral hygiene. If needed grafts can be placed to make the tooth firm.
I hope my answer will help you, take care.
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Dentist Dr. Inderpreet Singh's  Response
Being diabetic doesn't itself cause a tooth abscess but predisposes you to a prolonged sickness.
Anyways diabetes itself isn't a contraindication fordental treatment.
Also consult a physician and get your blood sugar under control
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