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antibiotics for tooth abscess how long

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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Dr. Robert Fong
36 years experience Dentistry
No: Antibiotics can decrease the size of the infection and give you temporary pain relief, but you cannot cure the infection without treating the tooth wi ... Read More
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Dr. Paul Grin
Dr. Paul Grin answered
36 years experience Pain Management
NO antibiotic will: and cephalexin is not exception. However, it will not fix the underlying problem. You will need to see a dentist for definitive diagnosis, x-ray and d ... Read More

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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 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
Dr. Matthew Hyde
41 years experience Dentistry
Possibly: But not the answer, you need to see a dentist, oral surgeon, or hospital asap. This type of infection is not something you fool around with by self ... Read More
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Dr. Dinh Bui
Dr. Dinh Bui answered
23 years experience Dentistry
Yes and no: Clindamycin is a good antibiotic because of its accessibility to bone tissue in the cases of treating infection in bone. However, if your infection ( ... 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 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 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sandra Eleczko
36 years experience Dentistry
24 hours: Typically it takes at least 24 hours before an antibiotic takes effect, but an antibiotic alone will not cure an abscessed tooth you need to have the ... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Calvert
36 years experience Dentistry
Varies: I assume this antibiotic was prescribed by your dentist after an exam for this abscess. Antibiotics will calm down an infection but will not eliminate ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Comisi
38 years experience Dentistry
It varies: Unfortunately, there is no set answer on this. Everyone responds differently to the infection process. It is strongly advised to have this type of pro ... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Koos
21 years experience Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
If microorganisms: Susceptible to Amoxicillin therapy, then a few days usually. However, if the infection, which is usually a mixed infection (aerobes, anaerobes, gram ... Read More
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
40 years experience Dentistry
No time frame: Although death from a tooth infection is rare, it can happen. The sooner you treat the problem the better off you will be.
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