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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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Are antibiotics usually prescribed for a tooth abscess?

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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Treating a Tooth Abscess (Checklist)

Don't add heat
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See dentist ASAP
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Have the tooth removed
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Go to the emergency room if swelling hinders breathing
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Do antibiotics clear up a tooth abscess completely ?

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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Bad tooth abscess severe pain how do I releave pain until antibiotics work?

Abcess pain: Take Ibuprofen along with the antibiotics. This is only temporary and the degree of pain relief depends on the severity of the infection. If the tooth is not treated the pain will return. See your dentist asap for treatment. ...Read more

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Treating a Tooth Abscess (Checklist)

See your dentist immediately
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Take all necessary prescribed medications as directed
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Follow up with proper treatment, either Root canal or extraction
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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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So my tooth abscess is feeling better on its own. Is it necessary for me to take the antibiotics before extraction anyways?

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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Treating a Tooth Abscess (Checklist)

see a dentist and have an x-ray
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have a root canal
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if not restorable, extract
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Which online antibiotics get rid of my tooth abscess?

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. Ronald Achong
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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

Dr. Sandra Eleczko
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Dental Abscess (Definition)

Dental abscess is also known as Tooth abscess. A dental abscess happens from 3 main causes. 1) trauma 2) decay 3) periodontal disease. The first two are easier to treat. When a tooth has an abscess with a periodontal component the outcomes can be successful, but ...Read more

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