Tooth infection swelling

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Dental infection occurs due to the accumulation of bacteria on the gums or its penetration into the gums and teeth and sometimes causes tooth abscesses. Among the symptoms of tooth infection, which can be the most common, is severe pain, which sometimes causes swelling of the face.

Not to mention that even a filled tooth can become infected, which you can read more about at this link: “Caries under a filling.”

If you want to treat your tooth abscess and want to know how to treat your tooth root infection, stay with us in the rest of this article. We provide information about medicines and pills for tooth infection, licorice, tooth decay, and thyme to treat septicemia, wisdom tooth infection, and wisdom tooth infection.

Related: ‘Points To Pay Attention To After Teeth Restoration

Ways to prevent dental swelling ( Tooth abscess swelled cheek treatment )

The most important thing to prevent tooth infection is to observe oral and dental hygiene; you should regularly use a toothbrush and floss daily.

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Suppose the tooth infection disease is not treated and is large. In that case, it can also affect other dental tissues and cause tooth swelling, which is when you go to the doctor with a tooth abscess and swelling of the face.

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Therefore, in each dental treatment, hygiene is always one of the essential factors in the length of the treatment. In the same way, in orthodontic treatment and implant, the client’s hygiene significantly impacts the absence of tooth infection. In the end, the person will expect a pleasant and problem-free result.

Related: “Top 10 Root Causes Of Dental Pain

Causes of tooth swelling:

All of us may have swollen teeth or gums, which may have different causes. In the following, we will discuss the causes of swelling in the gums.

  • Poor hygiene —  Indeed, when eating and chewing food, food will remain on the teeth, and if a person does not use a toothbrush or dental floss, food will remain between the teeth, and as a result, it will cause bacteria to form and lead to infection.


Related: “When Should I Start Brushing My Baby’s Teeth?

  • Excessive use of sugary substances —  Excessive use of sugar and many sweets causes tooth decay and swelling of the teeth.
  • Having related diseases —  Some people have a weak immune system, and diseases such as diabetes can be one of the causes of tooth infection and inflammation.

Related: “Tooth Pain, No Cavities, Treatment, And Remedies

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What are the symptoms of a tooth infection spreading to the body?

  1. Severe pain that spreads to other parts, including the ear or head.
  2. Swelling of part of your face or cheek
  3. Redness in your mouth or face
  4. Toothache that affects your eating.
  5. Abnormal taste sensation in the mouth
  6. A bump on your gum that may not even hurt.
  7. fever
  8. Bad Breath


Related: “What Is The Difference Between Intermittent, Remittent, And Relapsing Fever?

Treatment of tooth root infection (dental abscess treatment)

To treat a tooth root infection, you should first rinse your mouth with water and salt. After that, visit the dentist immediately to diagnose the cause of your tooth infection and treat your tooth abscess. This infection may include any of the following:

  1. Gum abscess
  2. Periodontal abscess
  3. Periapical abscess

So, the doctor will prescribe an antibiotic, which should be taken for about 3 to 10 days, according to the doctor’s opinion.

Related: “How Do I Know What Kind Of Toothache I Have?

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  • Antibiotics for tooth infection

    Be careful; choosing the type of antibiotic and its dosage is the responsibility of your dentist, and you should not take antibiotics arbitrarily because they can cause complications in your body.

Most doctors prescribe Amoxiclav as an antibiotic to cure tooth infections. Be careful; this medicine is an antibiotic, not a pain reliever!

This question may arise: Is Amoxiclav or Cefixime a better treatment? Of course, the final decision rests with the doctor, but according to the research conducted in recent years, the use of this medicine will have a poor effect on tooth root infection.

  • Turmeric for tooth infection

    Because turmeric contains antioxidants, it can destroy bacteria that cause infection. It would help if you had a quarter of a teaspoon and a little water. Mix these two ingredients and apply the resulting paste to the infected area. Moreover, for faster treatment, repeat this procedure twice a day.


Related: ‘How To Cure Swollen Gums / Home Remedies

  • Infection of the denervated tooth

    Typically, a tooth that has been denervated should not get infected; in this case, bacteria have been able to penetrate the tooth, and the tooth has not been filled well, and this space remains. The reason why dentists, after performing denervation and filling, It’s the same issue with tooth extraction and veneers.

Of course, restoring a tooth that has been denervated and re-infected is still possible, provided the tooth’s root is not cracked or damaged.

Related: ‘Does Root Canal Swelling Go Away on Its Own?

  • Wisdom tooth infection

    The wisdom tooth is the last tooth that usually grows between the ages of 17 and 25. Unfortunately, in most cases, the space in the mouth is not enough for the wisdom tooth to grow, so it does not grow properly; for example, it cannot deviate, which causes the accumulation of substances.

Food and bacteria in the space between gums and teeth also cause infection of your wisdom teeth, which may even cause an abscess in your mouth.

In such cases, the doctor tries to eliminate the infection caused by it in the first stage and usually pulls this tooth. However, there is no need to worry about this, and be sure it will not cause problems in your mouth and teeth.

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How to cure a tooth abscess without going to the dentist –

  • Non-pharmacological auxiliary treatments:

    Saltwater: lukewarm or warm water can increase the blood supply to the area and cause the swelling to go away faster.

Warm salt water will help more. You can make salt water by dissolving a teaspoon of salt in a glass of water. Then, keep it in the mouth in the swelling position until it cools, and pour it out.

Drainage of the area: It is possible to drain the abscess accumulations with a surgical needle, thereby reducing the pressure and pain.

Drainage of inflammatory and infectious agents was used for dental swellings in the past, but nowadays, according to studies, it is not very common. Without drainage, which is inherently a surgery and is associated with tissue cutting, it creates a slight wound in the area.

Swelling in healthy people can be resolved by itself, usually without drainage or intervention.

Related: “How To Fix Rotten Teeth Without Going To The Dentist?

Traditional treatments for facial swelling: Some so-called traditional treatments for abscess and swelling are sometimes observed among some people. Some recommend the use of garlic, olive oil, sumac, etc., but the truth is that the effect of none of these things in reducing inflation has yet to be determined to be true.

Cooling the site of swelling: Unlike warm salt water inside the tooth, an ice pack is claimed to reduce swelling in the first days. Ice should not be in direct contact with the skin.


In the end, we should note that dental and oral health is not only important in itself, but because it can have a direct effect on other body parts, it is one of the most important issues of health and beauty, and based on the data explained in this article, we can take important measures in the direction of Let’s prevent and fix it.

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Author and specialist

Dr. Majid Zahrabi,


  • Board Certified Neurosurgeon
  • DHA certificate holder
  • Plantation certificate holder, France
  • Certified holder of Discogol, France
  • A pioneer in the non-surgical treatment of disc herniation in the Middle East and CIS countries.
  • Under the training and coaching of Professor Jacques Theron (founder of Discogel Therapy) since 2008
  • More than 400 successful cervical and 1300 lumbar discogel injections
  • Trained and certified several neurosurgeons and spine surgeons in the Middle East and CIS countries for the treatment of Discogel
  • Strong belief in patient-centered care planning and participation
  • Neurosurgeon and spine surgeon at Imam Khomeini and Amir Mazandarani Hospital, Sari, Iran, with more than 430 surgeries annually, 2000-2011
  • Neurosurgeon and spine surgeon at Farmaniyeh, Nikan and Yas Sepid Hospital, Tehran, Iran, with more than 400 surgeries annually, 2011-2012
  • Neurosurgeon at Iranian Hospital, Dubai, 2022-2023
  • Since 2015, he has been working as a reference doctor for the treatment of intervertebral disc herniation with Discogel and has trained many doctors of spine-related specialties in various countries of the Middle East and CIS in person/practically and online.



  • Individual training sessions under the direct supervision of Professor Jacques Theron in Discogel treatment, 2008-2020
  • Training sessions under the supervision of Professor Thierry Boye on spinal implants, 2007
  • Participation and presentation in several national and international medical and neuro-spinal conferences
  • Board certificate by Iran Neurosurgery Board, 2001
  • Neurosurgery assistant training course, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran, 1996-2001 (In 2001, he graduated from Isfahan University of Medical Sciences with the first rank in the country.
  • His thesis the titled:The Application of human amniotic membrane in repair of dura matter in dogs.” ( It was happening for the first time in the world. )
  • General medical education, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz, Iran, 1984-1993


Published books:

  • CT scan of the brain for doctors
  • Etiology and treatment of painful spine disorders
  • Atlas of diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of spine disorders
  • The most common mistakes in the treatment of spinal disorders
  • Reading brain CT scan in simple language (3rd place in the book of the year)
  • Treatment of head and spine injuries

Publications and articles:

  • Bacteriostatic and bactericidal effects of DISCOGEL® (https://www.researchgate.net/)
  • Muscle recovery, reduction of pain, and improvement of movement strategies in patients with lumbar discopathy after injection of Discogel.
  • The article on the initial results of the treatment of intervertebral disc herniation with discogel injection, which won the second-best poster rank at the Pan Arab International Congress of Interventional Radiology (March 14-16, 2015) and was accepted for presentation at the Chicago Pain Congress.
  • The use of human amniotic membrane in dura mater repair in dogs, a study for the first time in the world.



  • Annual Congress of Physiotherapists of Iran, 2019
  • Chicago International Pain Congress, 2019
  • Iran International Pain Management Congress, 2018
  • Annual Congress of Physiotherapists of Iran, 2018
  • Presentation of Discogel as an innovative solution for the treatment of spinal disc herniation in Armenia for orthopedic specialists and neurosurgeons, 2017
  • First Live Workshop and Seminar on Minimally Invasive Disc Therapy (DISCON), 2017
  • Presentation of Discogel as an innovative solution for the treatment of spinal disc herniation in Azerbaijan for orthopedic specialists and neurosurgeons, 2016
  • Seminar of Iranian official managers, 2016
  • Presentation of Discogel as an innovative solution for the treatment of spinal disc herniation in Tajikistan for orthopedic specialists and neurosurgeons, 2016
  • International Neurological Intervention Congress in Iran, 2014
  • Educational seminar for nurses on treatment approaches for head and spine trauma, 2014
  • Educational seminar for general practitioners on treatment approaches for head and spine trauma, 2014
  • Speech at the Retraining Seminar for General Practitioners and Specialists in Dubai (Discon) in 2017
  • Speech in the internal retraining courses of Irani Hospital, Dubai
  • Holding lecture sessions and practical workshops on the treatment of intervertebral disc herniation with discogel injection in Azerbaijan, Tajikistan, Ukraine, Oman, and Armenia during the years 2015 to 2021.
  • Giving a lecture and holding a practical workshop for neurosurgeons in Vietnam at Ho Chi Minh City University in 2023

Dr. Majid Zohrabi started treating his patients in Dubai in 2022 and continues his activities in private medical centers in the UAE.