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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
2,454 doctors shared insights

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 am taking antibiotics for an abcess tooth. Should I stop smoking cigarettes and weed??

I am taking antibiotics for an abcess tooth. Should I stop smoking cigarettes and weed??

See a dentist ASAP: 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 a dentist ASAP. Quitting smoking is not easy, but you should and can do it. ...Read more

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What kind of antibiotic is needed for tooth abcess?

What kind of antibiotic is needed for tooth abcess?

Follow instructions: Please don't self medicate. Don 't take left-over pills you have in the back of our medicine cabinet. Ask dentist to prescribe the proper medication for your particular problem, follow the instructions on the label exactly, and take them until all gone even if you temporarily feel better. Note that antibiotics don't "cure" an infected tooth, just temporarily controls the infection. ...Read more

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When is the best time during a course of antibiotics for an abcessed tooth to actually have the tooth extracted?

When is the best time during a course of antibiotics for an abcessed tooth to actually have the tooth extracted?

Best time..: ...Is when the infection is under control. This timing will vary depending on the location and severity of the infection. The decision will be made by your dentist or oral surgeon. ...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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Abcess tooth 3-4 wks. On 3rd diff antibiotic. Wbc was 20, 000 5 days ago at ER when i was put on new rx. Pain terrible. Dds appt not 4 2 wks. Advice?

Abcess tooth 3-4 wks. On 3rd diff antibiotic. Wbc was 20, 000 5 days ago at ER when i was put on new rx. Pain terrible. Dds appt not 4 2 wks. Advice?

Emergency room: With this kind of dental infection and turning chronic dental abscess you need immediate attention , you can go to er or dental clinics for treatment and cure.. ...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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A root canal for my abcess tooth on 1/17/15. He did not put me on anti biotics before hand and my face is still swollen. How long does swelling last?

A root canal for my abcess tooth on 1/17/15. He did not put me on anti biotics before hand and my face is still swollen. How long does swelling last?

Call your dentist: After the root canal treatment, you may have some swelling and certainly some pain. If swelling does not decrease after 48-72 call your dentist immediately for post root canal evaluation and treatment if needed. ...Read more

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How soon should antibiotics start clearing up an abcess tooth/ pocket of inf on gum? Should the pocket be getting smaller?

Varies based upon...: With proper selection and dosage, antibiotics usually start to make a difference in 12-24 hours. However, unlike some other infections in the body, without removing the cause of the infection, the problem will not be solved, only to return in time, often even worse. Therefore, you have to make sure you are under the care of a dentist who will address the problem in addition to the antibiotics. ...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