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Antibiotic For Gum Abscess
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.See 2 more doctor answers
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.See 2 more doctor answers
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.See 2 more doctor answers
Call your 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.See 2 more doctor answers
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.See 2 more doctor answers
No: You can cause more damage to yourself.See 2 more doctor answers
Structure: A cyst can have numerous causes (infection being just one) and is like a balloon--it has a fibrous tissue capsule that surrounds its contents, which can be fluid or other substances. An abcess is the result of an infection, and is a collection of pus (typically) that fills normal tissue spaces but has no lining of its own.See 3 more doctor answers
Cold will help pain: Cold will help temporarily, but you need to see a dentist for definitive help.See 1 more doctor answer
It depends: The best chance of saving your tooth is by getting the abcess treated ASAP so you can restore the area to good health. If there has been severe destruction of the bone then extraction may be needed.See 3 more doctor answers
Yes and No: L.A.N.A.P. Is a patented protocol (think of a recipe) which is done only on the full mouth in a very systematic way every time. Lpt (laser periodontal therapy) is what you call it when the same laser is used on a single area or section. It is not "off-label, " it's different terminology for clarity.See 4 more doctor answers
I have a tooth or gum abscess. This morning it was pink. By noon it was black. Now it's my gum is hanging out. What can I do?
Yes this could: Be badly infected and needs to be seen by a dentistSee 5 more doctor answers
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?
I drained pus from gum abscess--all ok. No pus now; a very tiny bead of fluid about ready (or not) to drain by itself. I help it along? Under care.
Yes, you can: If pain does not occur, it is best to let the health care provider to take a look to determine the drainage tract (where it originates from).See 2 more doctor answers
You can: You can pop it, but that is hardly thorough treatment. It is not like popping a zit. You still have a serious underlying infection that needs to be treated. Please see your dentist.See 1 more doctor answer