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How long will it take for an antibiotic to reduce pain of a tooth infection

A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
49 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
2-3 days: Antibiotics usually start working in 24 to 36 hours, however when the infection is in a tooth or jaw (bone) it takes longer merely because the blood s ... Read More
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Dr. Justin Zumstein
24 years experience Dentistry
Average 24 hours: Typically, patients will have some pain relief from an abscess after taking antibiotics for 12-36 hours.
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Dr. Amber Patel
13 years experience Dentistry
Tooth infection: From my experience it usually takes about 48 hours after the first dosage until the tooth pain starts to diminish noticeably. This could vary dependin ... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali answered
32 years experience Psychiatry
Amoxicillin: Yes, to treat infection.
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Dr. R Lee Hinson
38 years experience Dentistry
Assuming you: Are not allergic to the penicillin family of antibiotics, you should have little concern with the prescribed medication, even w pregnancy. Check with ... Read More
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Dr. Paul Grin
Dr. Paul Grin answered
36 years experience Pain Management
Drug of choice: The typical adult dose for dental infections is 250 milligrams to 500 milligrams TID
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jamielynn Hanam-jahr
Specializes in Cosmetic Dentistry
Penicillin: If you have no drug allergies this is the most basic antibiotic used for most bacterial mouth infections.
Dr. Pooja Saroha
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Amoxicillin: Amoxicillin , z pak (azithromycin) and Clindamycin are routinely prescribed.
A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Patrick Melder
27 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Augmetin is perfect: Augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) is my preferred antibiotic. Augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) is a synthetic penicillin and the better c ... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
53 years experience Infectious Disease
Needs more time: It will take a few days for this to improve; no antibiotic works in only 12 hours. No STI causes tooth infections or pain. If you have other symptoms ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
40 years experience Dentistry
Antibiotics: Antibiotics are not pain relievers... They are antibiotics (they kill bacteria). If you have an infection from a nerve that has gone bad, expect 24 to ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Reubel
41 years experience Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
2 days: It typically takes 2 days to get a blood level of antibiotics.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jake Richards
12 years experience Dentistry
Infection Gone!: Until all the cause of the headache is gone they will be there, so until the infection is gone and the tooth problem managed.
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gary Sandler
54 years experience Dentistry
Spreading infection: It depends upon many factors and there is no one good answer. Just be prudent about getting proper treatment in a timely manner!
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dale Rottman
44 years experience Dentistry
No specific time: Usually you should start to feel a difference after the first couple of days depending on the severity of the infection. Usually a 10 day course of A ... Read More
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