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A 29-year-old female asked:

Can't go dentist for 3 days i went to a gp for swollen face and gum pain. gave amoxicillin for abcess. face pain, headache, eye presure will it help?

5 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Charles Lockhart
Dentistry 9 years experience
Second opinion: Amoxicillin is an antibiotic given to control infection, but you may need to see an oral surgeon or an endodontist (both dental specialists) to determine where the infection is coming from so that you can intercede
Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management 36 years experience
See a dentist ASAP: The most common cause for dental pain are inflammations and not infections. Antibiotics are rarely required and should only be used as an adjunct to dental treatment for infection since they may complicate further outcome. Take the NSAID OTC or Tylenol (acetaminophen) to control pain and see your dentist ASAP.
Dr. Louis Gallia
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 45 years experience
Oral surgeon: You can't wait 3 days. See an oral surgeon or go to ER today. Abscess may have to be drained.
Dr. Daniel Rubenstein
Dentistry 51 years experience
Swollen face: If it is a dental infection (tooth or gum abscess), amoxicillin will help control the symptoms, and NSAIDS will help with the pain, but they will not heal the infection. It needs to be diagnosed and treated by a dentist. Due to the swelling, the sooner you see a dentist, the better.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 53 years experience
Call your Dentist and see if they have an Emergency Treatment slot available in less than 3 days. In the meantime take antibiotic exactly as directed.
Jul 18, 2015
Dr. I. Jay Freedman
Dentistry 43 years experience
In most cases, but..: As others have told you, you need to see a dentist ASAP to have the source of infection treated! The only issue you might face is if the bacteria causing the infection are resistant to the Amoxicillin. In that case, you would not have relief (after 48 hours) and a different antibiotic would be needed! Stay on the antibiotics and seek dental care ASAP!

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