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Once an infction in a tooth clears up, can it stay away for good?

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Dr. Eric Eltzroth
Dentistry 23 years experience
Without Treatment No: Once a tooth is infected, it will not get better without treatment, such as a root canal.
Dr. Joel Doyon
Cosmetic Dentistry 36 years experience
Depends: If the cause of the infection is cleared up, then the infection should not recur. If you only treat the infection and not the cause of the infection, then it will return. For example if you have swelling around a tooth and only take antibiotics and not have a filling or a root canal, then the infection will return.

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