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A 26-year-old male asked:

Getting dental implants soon so my dentist put me on antibiotics & finished the course on sunday. no pain& i can see no abcesses& no bleeding except when brush. but my gums still seem swollen around the teeth. does it mean the antibiotics didn work?

4 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry 55 years experience
Swollen gums: Swollen gums may be present without having an infection. Unfortunately we can't properly evaluate whether or not you have an infection, gums are healing normally or you require further treatment over the internet sight unseen, without any recent x-rays and having more information. You should speak to the dentist who is currently treating you.
Dr. Daniel Quon
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 43 years experience
Not Necessarily: Swollen gums associated with teeth can be related to acute and chronic infections, as well several other causes, including certain medications you may be taking, or irregularities in the supporting bone.
Dr. Gabriel Malouf
Specializes in Dentistry
No.: Antibiotics will not prevent swelling (except when related to pathogens susceptible to that antibiotic). Try ice, elevation, pressure and rest; if things improve , great; if not, follow up with your provider right away.
Dr. Andres Carbunaru
Dentistry - Prosthodontics 25 years experience
Possible gum disease: When was the last time you had a cleaning?, Possible that's all you need.
Last updated Dec 15, 2018

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