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Antibiotics For An Abscessed Tooth
24 hours plus: This can vary depending on the cause of the abcess. However if you took the antibiotics on your without seeing a dentist first you should see one immediately because you may make the situation worse (more difficult diagnosis of problem or creation of a super infection of the wrong antibiotic for the wrong amount of time). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
How long after antibiotics have worked on an abscessed tooth should i have it extracted? My dentist can't fit me in for the extraction for six weeks.
Is it appropriate and aadvisable to take antibiotics for abscess tooth for a month while waiting for a specialist?
Just one course...: It's not ideal, but antibiotics could get you anywhere from a few days to a few months of relief. You shouldn't take more than one course though, usually 7-10 days. Taking many different antibiotics for an extended time might cause other problems like fungal infections, or resistant infections. Prompt treatment avoids this. Btw, my office is only 40 mins away from slc. I can see you next wk. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
So I went to the dentist today after being on antibiotics to get my abscess tooth extracted, how long does it take for swelling to go down?
Depending on...: The type of infection it should go down within 3-7 days assuming you are following your doctors post-op instructions. In my experience doing this for 20 years, if the "source of the infection" is removed really the body (esp the mouth) should heal rather quickly. Anti-inflammatories are crucial, usually 600mg of ibuprofen every 8 hours with food or milk should help. Also icing/heat will help too. ...Read more
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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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