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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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Dr. Arnold Malerman
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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


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How critical is it to take antibiotics for a tooth abscess ?

How critical is it to take antibiotics for a tooth abscess ?

Any infection: In my opinion, anyone with an infection, any place in the body should be given an appropriate course of antibiotics to both control the infection and prevent its spread. In addition to prescribing an antibiotic, the cause of the infection needs to be addressed with appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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Iv started taking antibiotics for a tooth abscess. Will it kick in before it gets too painful?

Iv started taking antibiotics for a tooth abscess. Will it kick in before it gets too painful?

Depends: Antibiotics can take 24-48 hours to fully kick in. A toothache can get much worse in this time. The best way to treat an abscessed tooth is to see your dentist and have the tooth treated with either a root canal or extraction. If you don't treat the tooth, the abscess will just come back when the antibiotics are finised. ...Read more

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Just finished antibiotics for my tooth abscess, but I am continuing to have pain and swelling. Is it still infected?

Just finished antibiotics for my tooth abscess, but I am continuing to have pain and swelling. Is it still infected?

Yes: The infection is still present. You may need to have a different antibiotic prescribed if more definitive treatment, i.e., root canal therapy if indicated, removal of the tooth and/or incision and drainage of the abscess if the tooth is non-restorable and drainage is not established through the extraction site. ...Read more

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I'm on antibiotics for wisdom tooth abscess, goin away in 3 weeks time ( flying) might not be able to have it out before I go away, can I still fly?

I'm on antibiotics for wisdom tooth abscess, goin away in 3 weeks time ( flying) might not be able to have it out before I go away, can I still fly?

Get it done: Antibiotics are very helpful but you have to address the root cause of the infection to ever be truly safe. A month on antibiotics isn't the best way to solve this. Follow your doctor's recommendations and get the extraction rather than putting it off. ...Read more

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Will i still need my tooth pulled if antibiotics heal the tooth abscess? I can't afford to have my tooth pulled right now, so my dentist gave me antibiotics to try to kill the infection. He would still prefer to pull the tooth now, but i said no. If the a

Will i still need my tooth pulled if antibiotics heal the tooth abscess? I can't afford to have my tooth pulled right now, so my dentist gave me antibiotics to try to kill the infection. He would still prefer to pull the tooth now, but i said no. If the a

Abscess & Antibiotic: For the most part an untreated cavity is a common cause of tooth abscess. As the cavity erodes the enamel, it works its way into the inside of the tooth creating an abscess/pus pocket. A root canal is the only way to remove the infection and save the tooth. When ignored, this infection spreads to the surrounding jawbone and the tooth become hopeless and extraction is indicated. ...Read more

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Started antibiotics for potential tooth abscess 3 days ago now provider says no bacterial infection can I safely stop?

Started antibiotics for potential tooth abscess 3 days ago now provider says no bacterial infection can I safely stop?

Gingivitis: Depends on what your 'provider' said. If you were prescribed a course of antibiotics it would be prudent to finish them unless directed otherwise by the ordering physician. ...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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Do antibiotics clear up a tooth abscess completely ?

NO: The source of the infection must be eliminated, that is the tooth must be treated by root canal therapy or extraction. ...Read more

Dr. Theodore Davantzis
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Abscess (Definition)

Occurs when one has an infection in a part of their body, and the infection is being surrounded and fought off by white blood cells, causing a lump of purulent whitish thick material (pus) ...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