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A 63-year-old male asked:

Dental specialist says an antibiotic for a gum abscess is not needed since infection is not systemic. i'm not sure i agree. your opinion?

3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry 55 years experience
Infection: I can only give you my personal opinion and it is a general answer as I would need to know your medical history, see you clinically and have x-rays of the area in question. Having said that, I almost always if not always advise antibiotic coverage when one of my own patients has an infection.
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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 41 years experience
Me, too: I'm not sure I agree, either... why wait until the infection is systemic? At that point you may need hospitalization; a needless waste of time, money, and resources that could have been prevented for a few dollars. Most dental infections are localized, and antibiotics are almost always prescribed.
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Dr. Robert Douglas
Orthodontics 52 years experience
It'll be OK: If the dentist cleaned out the infected area it will heal without systemic antibiotics. If there is pain, swelling, foul discharge taste or odor return to the dentist for further treatment.
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Last updated Jun 25, 2021

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