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Are antibiotics usually prescribed for a tooth abscess?

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Dr. Scott Harwood
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 45 years experience
Yes: Antibiotics are prescribed in conjunction with treating the cause of the abscess. Extraction or root canal therapy would be indicated.
Dr. Kenneth Grossman
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Yes: Antibiotics reduce the presence of fluid and/or puss in an abscess. This in turn reduces pain. The only way to remove an abscess is to remove the cause.A tooth abscess or plural abscess requires root canal or extraction . A gum abscess or periodontal abscess requires curetting under the gum.
Dr. John Thaler
Prosthodontics 41 years experience
Yes: That is usually part of the treatment protocol.

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