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abscess tooth antibiotics not working

A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alvaro Lazo
24 years experience Dentistry
Abscess: By now it should have resolved. However it is important to get the recomended treatment.
Dr. Sam Markzar
27 years experience Periodontics
Depends...: On the source of abscess.. If it is a periodontal (gum origin) abscess, (meaning that something like a pop corn kernel or nuts, or chips piece is st ... Read More
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Dr. John Yu
Dr. John Yu answered
16 years experience Endodontics
RCT done right?: I am assuming that your root canal treatment was completed. In that case, the abscess will usually revolve itself in 7-10 days. If you haven't had t ... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shawn Dalton-bethea
20 years experience Pain Management
Abscess tooth pain: Hello. Penicillin "indirectly" is helping your pain as it's goal is to eradicate the infection in your tooth. By doing that, your dull throbbing press ... Read More
Dr. John Thaler
41 years experience Prosthodontics
Often will: Depends on the seriousness and kind of infection, as well as location. Typically takes about 24 hours for a good blood level to be reached to be effec ... Read More
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
40 years experience Dentistry
Antibiotics: Antibiotics are not painkillers, and they only manage an infection for a short time until the problematic tooth can be treated by a dentist. If you a ... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sandra Eleczko
36 years experience Dentistry
Infection: It can take up to 48 hours for an antibiotic to take effect so it appears that this antibiotic is not effective on this particular infection. Call th ... Read More
Dr. Arnold Malerman
53 years experience Orthodontics
Antibiotics: Antibiotics don't cure infected teeth, only reduce spread of infection into surrounding tissues. To cure the infection you must have root canal/crown ... Read More
Dr. Kenneth Grossman
44 years experience Endodontics
See dentist: it could be the antibiotics given are not correct for the bacteria involved. And sometimes you must get treatment before the swelling subsides,no matt ... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
40 years experience Dentistry
Tooth Abscess: You'll need to see a local dentist to treat the affected teeth. Antibiotics will not restore a decayed tooth. Please seek out care before your teeth b ... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Merrett
29 years experience Dentistry
Cephalexin a cure??: The short answer to this question is no. The antibiotics will help get your tooth abcess under control. However, it will not cure the cause of your ab ... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Cataldo
24 years experience Periodontics
Maybe: If this is the case, we recommend you be seen asap for an evaluation. Depending on when you started the antibiotic, you may already be behind the abi ... Read More
A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Kneece
Specializes in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics
Yes: That should not be a problem
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Debra Rosenblatt
38 years experience Dentistry
Contact DDS: Yes, if you have any concerns, speak with your dentist.
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sandra Eleczko
36 years experience Dentistry
Not likely: The reason you are taking an antibiotic is to kill all of the bacteria causing your infection. So that should not happen. But all antibiotics are not ... Read More
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
56 years experience Infectious Disease
Abscessed tooth: Try a university hospital er. They may be able to see you more rapidly. Or call and ask dentists if they will extend you credit and let you be seen ... Read More

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