i am having a bad tooth ache where there is swollen and the gum is turning back i cant find a site to help me .i have been up all night in pain should i goto the hospital?
I'm a dental hygienist. The ER will give you an antibiotic and pain meds. It sounds like an abscess. If it is the antibiotic will take in a couple of days and the pain will go away - that does not mean the infection is gone. The ER will probably also refer you to a dentist. If it's an abscess you will be given the option of a root canal or extraction. Root canals do not hurt - it's the infection that hurts and causes the need for a root canal.
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