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How long is it supposed to it take for antibiotics to start working for a toothache?

How long is it supposed to it take for antibiotics to start working for a toothache?

See a dentist: You must treat the source of the infection, not only the symptoms. Therefore, you need to clean out the inside of the tooth to remove the bacteria which is the source of the infection. The antibiotics cannot reach the source of the infection. Ask your dentist for more information. ...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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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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Is it possible for a toothache to get even worse after taking antibiotics?

Is it possible for a toothache to get even worse after taking antibiotics?

Yes!: Either repeated taking antibiotics and failing to get treatment, creating more immune bacteria or prescribing an ineffective antibiotic or taking the medicine without immediate followup could all be reasons why a toothache might be worse with antibiotic therapy. Don't delay, see your dentist ASAP! ...Read more

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I have just finished antibiotics for a toothache and 2 days later it came back.I don't have access to dental right now, can I take more antibiotics ?

I have just finished antibiotics for a toothache and 2 days later it came back.I don't have access to dental right now, can I take more antibiotics ?

See a dentist: Antibiotics can suppress a dental abscess for a 7-10 day period but will not cure it. Continued use of antibiotic can suppress susceptible bacteria but allow restitant bacteria to flourish & make future treatment very difficult & less successful. The only cure for infected dental pulp is root canal therapy or extraction. If it is only deep decay or severe root sensitivity, antibiotics don't work. ...Read more

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Treating a Tooth Abscess (Checklist)

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Hi.I have severe toothache,currently am pregnant third month.Will antibiotics effect the baby inside.pls suggest us.

Hi.I have severe toothache,currently am pregnant third month.Will antibiotics effect the baby inside.pls suggest us.

What to do: You need to have your dentist treat the CAUSE of the toothache. Merely taking antibiotics will not eliminate the problem. If your dentist with your Obstetrician's approval recommend an appropriate antibiotic, your baby should not be affected. Please stop posting these questions, stop worrying and instead consult with your dentist and physician for proper treatment. ...Read more

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Should you use antibiotic perscription cephalexin for toothaches?

Only if Prescribed: There are many abs which can help with the symptoms of a toothache. However, there are 2 important things to remember. 1) they never cure the toothache long-term. 2) you should never taken any prescription med without a current, up-to-date, specific prescription for the problem you are facing. If you have some Cephalexin laying around, don't take it. See a dentist & get a proper diagnosis first. ...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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Will an ER give me antibiotics and pain meds for severe toothache? I only have dental insurance in ny, but i'm in nj

Maybe: Depends on the familiarity of the er doc with dental pain. If they see a swelling on your face or jaw, they will probably give an antibiotic. If you don't get an rx for pain, 3 xtra strength tylenol + 3 regular strength advils will probably give you the pain relief you need. (check for allergies) see a dentist asap. Ps your insurance is probably valid in nj also. ...Read more

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Tooth Pain (Definition)

Tooth pain may be felt deep in the upper or lower jaw. Pain can be from an abscess affecting the ...Read more

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