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How long does an abscess tooth take? I am on my 7th day. I am taking an antibiotic 3 times a day

How long does an abscess tooth take? I am on my 7th day. I am taking an antibiotic 3 times a day

Depends...: On the source of abscess.. If it is a periodontal (gum origin) abscess, (meaning that something like a pop corn kernel or nuts, or chips piece is stuck underyr gum line) , then after cleaning thoroughly and upon loss of local inflammation, it may go away.. But if ur abscess is a tooth/root abscess, then it might be due to root canal infection, or root fracture, and it will come back again! ...Read more

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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
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Abscess (Definition)

Abscess is a condition in which a person has an infection in a part of his body, and the infection is being surrounded and fought off by his white blood cells, causing a lump of purulent whitish thick material (pus) where the infection is. Abscesses can be very small like an acne pustule, or they can be ...Read more


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I'm taking penicillin 500mg 4 times a day for a abscess tooth and I am in a lot of pain right now will the antibiotic help with this pain?

I'm taking penicillin 500mg 4 times a day for a abscess tooth and I am in a lot of pain right now will the antibiotic help with this pain?

Abscess tooth pain: Hello. Penicillin "indirectly" is helping your pain as it's goal is to eradicate the infection in your tooth. By doing that, your dull throbbing pressure aching tooth pain should greatly reduce. In the meantime, if you have no kidney issues, try some over the counter ibuprofen. Stay below 2400mg/day. If no liver issues, can alternate (stagger) with Tylenol (acetaminophen). Stay below 3000mg/day. ...Read more

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Been on amoxicillin for 84 hrs. Had an antibiotic shot after 48 since no change. Still no change. What to do? It's for abscess tooth.

Been on amoxicillin for 84 hrs. Had an antibiotic shot after 48 since no change. Still no change. What to do? It's for abscess tooth.

See dentist: it could be the antibiotics given are not correct for the bacteria involved. And sometimes you must get treatment before the swelling subsides,no matter what antibiotic your given. See your dentist ASAP! ...Read more

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Can the antibiotic cephalexin cure a tooth abscess?

Can the antibiotic cephalexin cure a tooth abscess?

No: Antibiotics can decrease the size of the infection and give you temporary pain relief, but you cannot cure the infection without treating the tooth with the appropriate dental procedure. ...Read more

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Might clindamycin be a strong enough antibiotic for a tooth abscess that has spread to my face and neck, and beyond?

Might clindamycin be a strong enough antibiotic for a tooth abscess that has spread to my face and neck, and beyond?

Maybe: If this is the case, we recommend you be seen asap for an evaluation. Depending on when you started the antibiotic, you may already be behind the ability of an oral antibiotic to be effective and may need IV medication. Additionally, it may be necessary to drain the abscess in order to remove infection and allow the antibiotic to be effective. Thanks. ...Read more

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If your taking an antibotic for a tooth abscess can it still spread to your neck and brain.

Possibly..: .. But unlikely. The antibiotics just treat the symptoms, your dentist treats the tooth that is causing the problem. The sooner the problem is addressed, the less the chance for complications. ...Read more

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I have an abscessed tooth. Painkillers and antibiotics are not working and i don't have money to go to a dentist till friday. What can I do at home to get some relief from the pain?

I have an abscessed tooth. Painkillers and antibiotics are not working and i don't have money to go to a dentist till friday. What can I do at home to get some relief from the pain?

See your DDS: I don't believe that if you have pain a swelling that you can treat yourself. If you are having financial problems go to a hospital or dental school to see if they have a program to assist you. Please don't allow the infection to get worse as this can impact your general health. See a doctor as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Had a tooth abscess for months, recently swollen again augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) doesnt seem to be working after 3 days Cant get seen til wed. Will i be ok til then?

Had a tooth abscess for months, recently swollen again augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) doesnt seem to be working after 3 days Cant get seen til wed. Will i be ok  til then?

Get it seen soon: Having taken the same antibiotic before, the bacteria may have grown resistant to it. Additionally, not only will the pain of pus under pressure be unbearable, you run the risk of getting a blood infection, bone infection or most seriously, a Central Nervous System infection. Get it seen over the next few days if not, today. ...Read more

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What are good home remediesfor abscess tooth?

Pain and swelling: Sometimes you can reduce the swelling with cold compresses and sometimes the pain can be decreased with either hot or cold inside your mouth. The only way to treat the abscess to have the source of the infection removed by your dentist. ...Read more

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Help please! is extracting an abscess tooth dangerous?

It can be...: I usually recommend antibiotics prior to extracting an abscessed tooth. I recommend this for several reasons. First, the antibiotic reduces the infection significantly. Second, with less infection, the tooth can be more adequately anesthetized which makes for a more comfortable extraction. Third, following the extraction the comfort level is enhanced with less infection present. ...Read more

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Dr. Ronald Achong
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Tooth Abscess (Definition)

A tooth or dental abcess is an infected tooth. The tooth can become infected by a caries ( decay) or by trauma, or through a gum infection or some other way. A tooth abcess may be life threatening so it should be taken care of asap. A dentist will recommend extraction or root ...Read more


Dr. John Leander Po
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Antibiotic (Definition)

An antibiotic is a medicine that slows, stops, or kills germs. The germs are usually bacteria causing an infection in a person, so the person uses antibiotics to help his body get ...Read more