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Dr. Diane Minich
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Completed antibiotics for toothache how long to fully recover?

Completed antibiotics for toothache how long to fully recover?

Need to see dentist: for definitive treatment. Antibiotics do not resolve the problem they just temporize the problem. ...Read more

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Dr. William Forsythe
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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


Dr. Paul Grin
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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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Dr. William Forsythe
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Dr. Jason Alliger
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Can toothache hurt more with antibiotics as it heals?

Can toothache hurt more with antibiotics as it heals?

Yes: A tooth can still hurt while bring on antibiotics for a variety of reasons. Most importantly, if the tooth is infected it needs to be treated or the infection cannot resolve on antibiotics alone. If you had a root canal started but not completed, the tooth may need to be opened to allow for drainage. Either way if the discomfort continues call you dentist and have them see you. ...Read more

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Dr. Howard Lelvowitz
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Dr. I. Jay Freedman
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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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Dr. Simon Rosenberg
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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 ?

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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Dr. Paul Grin
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Is it possible for toothache to get worse worse after starting antibiotics? (I am taking all pain killers I can also)

Is it possible for toothache to get worse worse after starting antibiotics? (I am taking all pain killers I can also)

Definitely, yes: normally it is quite difficult for any antibiotic to get to the abscess in an abscessed tooth.The only way to cure a dental abscess is with dental treatment. The treatments are: root canal treatment, tooth extraction and/or in some cases, drainage surgery. The antibiotic is an adjunctive treatment only. See your dentist for an emergency visit. Hope it helps. ...Read more

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Dr. John Thaler
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Was wondering if antibiotics helped my toothache, do I still need root canal?

Was wondering if antibiotics helped my toothache, do I still need root canal?

Likely: The antibiotics simply decreased the amount of infection not the cause. You still need the root canal treatment to clean out the dead and dying blood vessel and nerve tissue in the tooth chamber and canals , as well as eliminating as much of the infection as possible. See your Dentist or Endodontist as scheduled, otherwise you will be right back with the infection. Good Luck. ...Read more

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Dr. Gary Sandler
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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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Dr. Jason Alliger
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What antibiotics can nursing mothers take for toothache?

Several choices: According to jada, amoxicillin, azithromycin, cephalexin, Clindamycin are common ones used in dentistry. You always should check with your OB to get clearance first. ...Read more

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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
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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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