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Dr. Matthew Hyde
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Just had tooth extracted, how do I tell if its infected?

Just had tooth extracted, how do I tell if its infected?

Symptoms: If swelling gets larger instead of smaller. I f you are feeling worse instead of better. These are a couple of examples. Best answer if any concern is to return to your dentist to evaluate for you. ...Read more

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Dr. Gary Sandler
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Got my tooth extracted, how do I tell if it's infected?

Got my tooth extracted, how do I tell if it's infected?

Signs, see DDS: Pain, swelling, & fever are the three cardinal signs of an infection. Therefore, if the pain is not going away or getting worse, you have swelling all of a sudden when you didn't before or the swelling is getting worse, or you have a fever with no other apparent cause, all signs of an infection. You shouldn't have to figure this out for yourself. See your dentist for routine post-op care. ...Read more

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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
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Penicillin vk500 for infected tooth thst needs to be extracted, is this okay?

Penicillin vk500 for infected tooth thst needs to be extracted, is this okay?

Prescription: Did your dentist prescribe this medication? If so, it's OK. If not, and you are self medicating, it is not OK. You need to see a dentist to evaluate your condition and advise you of what meds to take and have that tooth extracted. Feel better soon... ...Read more

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Dr. Ronald Achong
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I have a bump where i got my wisdom tooth removed, the bump hurts a little, is it infected? I got it extracted 1 month ago.

I have a bump where i got my wisdom tooth removed, the bump hurts a little, is it infected? I got it extracted 1 month ago.

See the dentist: It is possible that an infection may be present. It can also be a bony spur underneath the bump or food impacted in the socket. See the dentist that removed the tooth for an examination. Hope you feel better. ...Read more

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Dr. Stephen Pyle
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Tooth infected for over month. Felt like jawline near tooth was swollen or had knot. Tooth extracted and given biotics. Sinus pain did it spread?

Tooth infected for over month. Felt like jawline near tooth was swollen or had knot. Tooth extracted and given biotics. Sinus pain did it spread?

Lower molar?: If this was a lower molar, the chance of it directly causing a sinus infection are highly unlikely. If you have been fighting a chronic infection however, your resistance may be lowered and more prone to a different infection. ...Read more

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Dr. Paul Grin
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My tooth was extracted.The Xray showed my sinus were infected. 2 days later my face swelled up so I was given antibios. Now my face is swelling again?

My tooth was extracted.The Xray showed my sinus were infected. 2 days later my face swelled up so I was given antibios. Now my face is swelling again?

See your dentist: Tooth extraction is a surgical procedure and is not completely risk-free. Pain, swelling and infection following surgery is usually at its worst 24 – 48 hours after surgery. After that it should subside more and more every day and after 7 days stop. Your symptoms could be a serous problem. See your dentist or an oral surgeon for post-op appointment and treatment. ...Read more

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Dr. Stephen Pyle
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Infected tooth extracted. Felt like knot or swelling in jaw before and after extraction. Could it be abscess? Taking amoxicillin. Will it go away?

Infected tooth extracted. Felt like knot or swelling in jaw before and after extraction.  Could it be abscess? Taking amoxicillin. Will it go away?

Should disappear: If this is residual inflammation or infection, it should resolve now that the cause of the infection is gone. Of course if this is actually part of your jaw (exostoses) that you are feeling, it will not go away. ...Read more

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Dr. Paul Grin
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Is it best to wait until infection is gone before having the infected tooth extracted? Currently on Augmentin 875-125, 2x daily x 14 days. Thanks!

Is it best to wait until infection is gone before having the infected tooth extracted? Currently on Augmentin 875-125, 2x daily x 14 days. Thanks!

It is recommended: It is often recommend infected tooth extraction to treat tooth infection and severe pain. .Antibiotics may be prescribed before the extraction if the tooth is infected. Very common treatment modality. ...Read more

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Dr. Arnold Malerman
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I have a stiff neck. and the back of both ears are very tender to touch. A dull headache. I don't want to go doctors as I have been on antibiotics and painkillers for the last month for an infected tooth, which has since been extracted. So if I really

I  have a stiff neck. and the back of both ears are very tender to touch. A dull headache. I don't want to go doctors as I have been on antibiotics  and painkillers for the last month for an infected  tooth, which has since been extracted. So if I really

By all means: By all means don't go to doctors, either your General Physician or your General Dentist. Just because they know you best and have been intimately involved in your treatment, it's much better to ask a bunch of strangers, over the Internet, who can't examine you. Now, would you like to reexamine your position? ...Read more

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Dr. Daniel Quon
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Getting wisdom teeth extracted. Doctor said it was just inflamed not infected. How can it hurt this bad without infection?

Getting wisdom teeth extracted. Doctor said it was just inflamed not infected. How can it hurt this bad without infection?

Traumatized Tissue: One of the most common causes for pain related to wisdom teeth is when a lower wisdom tooth is partially visible in the mouth and the tissue overlying the tooth becomes irritated or traumatized from eating or the tooth opposing it in the upper jaw. Unfortunately, dental pain, whether acute or chronic can be extremely uncomfortable. ...Read more

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