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A 32-year-old female asked:

How long doea a gum abscess last?dentist already pulled out my tooth 4 days ago painpess abscess still there doctor prescribe penicilin 4 times a day,

3 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 41 years experience
Until it heals...: .. Which can be a few days to a week or more. It is so difficult to tell how bad your infection or extraction was, over the internet. No specific time frame can be given in this situation.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 54 years experience
Remember to take all of the antibiotic prescribed, until it is all gone, even if you feel the problem has been resolved. There should not be any antibiotic tabs left.
Oct 25, 2013
Dr. Joel Piehl
Periodontics 52 years experience
Dead bone fragment? : It might be a frgment of dead bone that can occur from an extraction. Try warm rinses in addition to the antibiotic. You should have follow -up care.
Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management 37 years experience
Up to a 2-3 weeks: The a gum abscess, it can take some time to resolve, even up to a 2-3 weeks. Follow up with your dentist or an oral surgeon as advised. Complete the prescribed course of antibiotics, even when you start feeling better.

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