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Will oral antibiotics cure abcess

A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Kattuah
23 years experience Dentistry
Depends: It really depends on where the abscess is and how severe it is. If you have an abscessed tooth antibiotics alone do not cure, you need to treat the to ... Read More

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A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Saul Hymes
15 years experience Pediatric Infectious Disease
Needs drainage: antibiotics alone are usually not enough to treat an abscess, no matter where the abscess is. You need to return to the dentist/oral surgeon and have ... Read More
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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
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Cesar Sturla
35 years experience Internal Medicine
Yes: Yes, the incision is to drain the abscess. Antibiotics along May not be enough to cure the abscess which can expand.
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Philip Ewing
19 years experience Pediatrics
Small Abscesses: The staph aureus culture result suggests the the abscess drained, which is part of the treatment. Small abscesses may respond to antibiotics, but drai ... Read More
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A 59-year-old male asked:
Dr. Marguerite Myers
45 years experience Dentistry
Depends: Scaling, root planing & gingival curettage are effective non surgical therapies in some cases. Lasers, and conventional periodontal flap surgery are a ... Read More
A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. R Thomas
Dr. R Thomas answered
32 years experience Dentistry
Tooth removal : If the tooth is not restorable it needs to come out. Further delay will cause you more financial strain not to mention the life-threatening infection. ... Read More
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A 3-year-old male asked:
Dr. Diane Minich
37 years experience Family Medicine
Ask your doctor: It depends on the extent of the infection and how quickly he responds to the antibiotics.
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arnold Malerman
53 years experience Orthodontics
Treatment: If it's a Dental abscess, it will not go away until the tooth is treated (root canal or extraction). Antibiotics will simply slow the spread of the i ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Munshower
30 years experience Family Medicine
See Dr.: Many absceses can be "walled off" and the true and definative treatment needs to be surgical incision and drainage (i&d). There is always the chance ... Read More

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