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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?

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?

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. ...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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Antibiotics have not decreased gum abscess inflammation. Do not have any pain at this time. Can the periodontist lance the area? What is this like?

Antibiotics have not decreased gum abscess inflammation. Do not have any pain at this time. Can the periodontist lance the area? What is this like?

Type of antibiotic: The resolve of the gum abscess inflammation may indicate a need for different antibiotics. If the abscess is due to a tooth (endodontics), Clindamycin or the antibiotic that can penetrate into bone should be used. If the abscess is more of soft tissue or gum, then amoxicillin/metronidazole combination or alone should be used. Treatment must be carried out to eliminate the cause when using drugs. ...Read more

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I think i might have gum abscess, how to know?

I think i might have gum abscess, how to know?

See a dentist: A local dentist can examine the problem and provide the necessary treatment. Since you cannot treat this personally, you need to make the call... The sooner the better. ...Read more

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Does flu cause a gum abscess?

Does flu cause a gum abscess?

Probably not: It is most likely a coincidence. Most gum abscess are coming from a bad tooth. Please see your dentist before you lose a tooth. ...Read more

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How can I take care of tooth/gum abscess?

How can I take care of tooth/gum abscess?

Visit the dentist: Tooth/gum infection can further spread to other parts of the body like jaw bones and heart. It also can result in systemic infection. Therefore, dental treatment is a must. Keep a good oral hygiene and call for appointment. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if i could see my gp for a possible gum abscess?

Call a dentist: The only way to cure a periodontal (gum) abscess is with dental treatment. The first step of treatment is to drain all pus that has accumulated in the abscess. The deep cleaning will be required for the gum pocket and cause of the infection should be removed. ...Read more

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Don't know if i can go to the dentist or not, if it is a gum abscess. How long can I leave it?

As soon as you can: Many times gum abscess does not hurt. However, it causes continuous progression of bone loss and thus should be treated as soon as you can. Most often it is simple to diagnose as to identify the cause of abscess. ...Read more

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Had gum abscess. Caused swelling in cheek. Abscess is gone, cheek still a little puffy. What is the weird sensation I still feel in cheek?

Had gum abscess. Caused swelling in cheek. Abscess is gone, cheek still a little puffy. What is the weird sensation I still feel in cheek?

Be patient: The swelling and a "weird sensation" can take some time to resolve, even up to a 2-3 weeks. Follow up with your dentist or an oral surgeon as advised. ...Read more

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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