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A 40-year-old female asked:

I have an infection in my lower jaw that originated in my lower mouth my dentures tore out a chunk of my gums i have three different antibiotics i don t know which one would be the best choice and the most effective amoxicillin 500mg amox clav 875mg and c

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Dr. Media Najafi
Dentistry 23 years experience
See a dentist: I am not sure when you say I have these antibiotics if they were prescribed to you by a supervising dentist or you are medicating yourself? If you have not seen a dentist to evaluate that please do so. There are other things that can be done besides taking antibiotics. Please have it evaluated as soon as possible.
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Dr. Phillip Frist
Dentistry 47 years experience
I agree. I question where 3 diffrent medications came from to treat what appears to be a traumatic situation that probably needs an adjustment in the lower denture. I fear some one is trying to self medicate a problem which is totally the wrong course of treatment.
Sep 4, 2012
Dr. Kyle Shank
Dentistry 14 years experience
Treat the denture...: Sounds like you need to treat the denture, not your mouth. It's very common for a new denture to rub sore spots which many patients can mistake for an infection. This can be fixed by having the denture adjusted & warm saltwater rinses. After the denture is adjusted, if your dentist feels an antibiotic is necessary, he/she can determine which one would be the most effective for you.
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Dr. John Leander Po
Infectious Disease 19 years experience
Rinse better: Unless there are ugly rotten teeth remaining, you don't necessarily need antibiotics. Certainly, i agree with my colleague about fixing the denture as the first thing to do. However, a good gargle with salted water or else with a medicated mouthwash such as listerine, can decrease the burden of bacteria in the mouth and promote the healing of the mouth.
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Dr. James Courey
Specializes in Prosthodontics
See a prosthodontist: Your medical protocol should be supervised by a doctor, however, the fit of your denture needs to be addressed. See a prosthodontist for an evaluation of your current dentures and how they fit and function in your mouth. At 41 years old, you may choose a fixed option for your lower denture which will provide you with a better fit, retention, and function. Ask about all-on-four dentures too.
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Dr. Neil McLeod
Prosthodontics 50 years experience
Stop get help: You should not be self medicating with antibiotics, you need to have medical supervision. Please call your dentist right away and ask for their help. Incorrect use of antibiotics is having a dreadful effect on the whole community because it results in resistant bacteria which are no longer sensitive to the drug. As a result it becomes increasingly difficult to cure virulent infections. Good luck.
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Last updated Dec 30, 2019

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