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A 6-year-old male asked:

my son has an abscessed tooth happened over night took him to dentist today and he got antibiotics well his cheek is swelling so bad going up to his e?

6 doctor answers11 doctors weighed in
Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Dental infection: Call your dentist and tell him that to get advice. Please keep in mind that antibiotics may not improve his condition in the first 24-48 hours. If his condition is rapidly worsening, call now. If no answer or in doubt, take him to er.
Dr. Sandra Eleczko
Dentistry 36 years experience
Call dentist ASAP : It can take 24. -48 hours for the antibiotic to take effect. If you are concerned about the swelling then call the dentist about this asap. Is he seeing a general dentist or a pediatric dentist? Ice packs and children's Motrin (ibuprofen) can help the swelling until you can talk with the dentist.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 53 years experience
Antibiotics are to help control spread of infection. To cure the abscess root canal treatment or extraction will be required. As some bacteria are antibiotic resistant, antibiotic management may be required. Dr Eleczko is correct, call your Dentist.
Jun 11, 2014
Dr. Keith Hollander
Dentistry 36 years experience
Probably extraction: Antibiotics usually take 2-3 days for the effects to be noticed. Some doctors like to have the patient on antibiotics to bring the swelling down prior to extraction. The tooth obviously needs treatment asap
Dr. Daniel Quon
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 42 years experience
Re-evaluation: If the swelling is continuing to increase in size you son should be re-evaluated. Options may include prescribing a different antibiotic, incision and drainage of the abscess, initiation of root canal treatment, or extraction of the tooth if it is not restorable.
Dr. Kenneth Grossman
Endodontics 44 years experience
Save or extract: See an Endodontist if you want the tooth saved, an Oral Surgeon for extraction. An incision and drainage along w antibiotics will reduce swelling the fastest.,
Dr. Paul Grin
Dr. Paul Grin answered
Pain Management 36 years experience
Dental abscess : The only way to cure a dental abscess is with dental treatment. We have now entered an era where some bacterial species are resistant to the full range of antibiotics presently available. See your dentist for re-evaluation and dental treatment. Good luck.

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