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Hello, is it normal to have pain with a tooth after abscess drainage? i am on augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) for 5 days and will have root canal treatment. no swelling.

4 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Dale Rottman
Dentistry 45 years experience
Pain is not normal: Pain is always a sign something is wrong. Even though you have been on antibiotics, there is probably still some swelling even if it is not visible. Root canal therapy should take care of your problem.
Dr. Alex Shvartsman
Cosmetic Dentistry 26 years experience
Yes: Yes it is normal. Take advil (ibuprofen) 2-4 pills every 6 hours as needed. Get the root canal done asap.
Dr. Yigal Prilutsky
Dentistry 21 years experience
Yes and No: Unfortunately, there isn't a clear answer for your questions. There are several factors that determine whether or not there is pain, and its severity. Some people have no pain at all with a dental abscess, while others are in severe pain. See your dentist as soon as possible to continue your treatment.
Dr. John Thaler
Prosthodontics 42 years experience
Can be: You should have some relief. The root canal treatment should take care of the rest. Often with infection the endodontist will "open" the tooth to allow drainage through the tooth. Sometimes they will place a drain in the opening of the tooth and have you back after a few days to continue. If yu are still in moderate to severe pain -- see the endodontist. Good luck.
Last updated Nov 24, 2016

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