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Dr. Charles Lockhart
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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


Dr. Kenneth Grossman
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Are antibiotics usually prescribed for a tooth abscess?

Dr. Kenneth Grossman
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Are antibiotics usually prescribed for a tooth abscess?

Yes: Antibiotics reduce the presence of fluid and/or puss in an abscess. This in turn reduces pain. The only way to remove an abscess is to remove the cause.A tooth abscess or plural abscess requires root canal or extraction . A gum abscess or periodontal abscess requires curetting under the gum. ...Read more

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Dr. H E Henry
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Do antibiotics clear up a tooth abscess completely ?

Dr. H E Henry
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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

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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
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Bad tooth abscess severe pain how do I releave pain until antibiotics work?

Dr. Theodore Davantzis
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Bad tooth abscess severe pain how do I releave pain until antibiotics work?

Speak to ur dentist: The dentist who examined you and prescribed the antibiotics can also prescribe narcotics if indicated. Give them a call. ...Read more

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Dr. Gary Sandler
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How critical is it to take antibiotics for a tooth abscess ?

Dr. Gary Sandler
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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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Dr. Jason Alliger
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How long will it take for swelling to go down on a tooth abscess after starting antibiotics?

Dr. Jason Alliger
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How long will it take for swelling to go down on a tooth abscess after starting antibiotics?

Depends : Typically it takes a couple of days for the antibiotic to kick in. However, if you do not resolve the source of the infection the antibiotic will only act as a "band-aid" and the infection will return. ...Read more

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Dr. Paul Grin
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So my tooth abscess is feeling better on its own. Is it necessary for me to take the antibiotics before extraction anyways?

Dr. Paul Grin
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So my tooth abscess is feeling better on its own. Is it necessary for me to take the antibiotics before extraction anyways?

See a dentist ASAP: A tooth abscess won't go away without treatment and the infection may spread to your jaw, cheeks, sinus and to other areas of your head and neck. Dentist will treat a tooth abscess by treating the cause and getting rid of the infection. See your dentist ASAP. ...Read more

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Dr. John DeWolf
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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?

Dr. John DeWolf
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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?

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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Dr. James Beck
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Which online antibiotics get rid of my tooth abscess?

Dr. James Beck
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Which online antibiotics get rid of my tooth abscess?

None get rid of: Not sure what an online antibiotic is. No antibiotics will get rid of a tooth abscess but will slow its progression and decrease the inflammation until you can get definitive treatment of extraction or a root canal. Common dental antibiotics are penicillin, amoxicillin, and clindamycin. ...Read more

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

Dr. Daniel Quon
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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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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


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