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What type of antibiotic is needed for a dental abscess? I don't have insurance. Which one is the cheapest that would work?

What type of antibiotic is needed for a dental abscess? I don't have insurance. Which one is the cheapest that would work?

Depends: Assuming that you are not allergic to the penicillin family, Amoxicillin or penicillin are appropriate. Depending on where you live, if those are prescribed to you, some grocery stores offer them for free (like giant). The next antibiotic on the list is clindamycin, which should be relatively inexpensive. Your dentist has to determine the need for antibiotic, therefore you should see one. ...Read more

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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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Can you tell me about antibiotic to prescribe for a dental abscess?

Can you tell me about antibiotic to prescribe for a dental abscess?

Yes: An antibiotic will treat the symptoms of your tooth/gum infection, but not actually cure your problem. Please call a dentist for an appointment. ...Read more

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What is the best antibiotic for a pregnant woman that has a dental abscess?

What is the best antibiotic for a pregnant woman that has a dental abscess?

Penicillin, amoxicil: Penicillin or amoxicillin; unless allergic, then clindamycin. However, dosage is important also. It is best to consult your gynecologist 1st. ...Read more

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I have a dental abscess, I took some anti-biotic but my abscess came twice I popped it but it popped inside not outside that's strange.

Dangerous: It's dangerous to just just take antibiotic for abscess as pills will not cure a dental infection, only limit it's spread for as long as you are on the meds. You need to see a General Dentist, Endodontist, or Oral Surgeon NOW before infection spreads. ...Read more

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How do you treat a dental abscess?

See your dentist: A dental abscess can be related to decay and/or a periodontal problem/ recommendations for treatment will depend on what type of abscess you have. ...Read more

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Is a dental abscess really painful?

Is a dental abscess really painful?

Yes and no: An acute dental abscess could be very painful, while a chronic one ( perhaps with a draining fistula) might not be. For the most part a dental abscess is painful and as it is an infection, they are potentially life threatening. Seek treatment from a dentist to protect your health- your mouth and body are connected! ...Read more

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Can I just pop a dental abscess on my own?

Can I just pop a dental abscess on my own?

No: There are many causes of bad breath. A cavity can be one of those many reasons. See your dentist. ...Read more

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What kind of condition is a dental abscess?

An infection: A dental abscess is an infection. Infections are managed by antibiotics and by removing the source of the infection. As a result they can only be cured with the assistance of a dentist. ...Read more

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What can you do if you have a dental abscess?

Get it taken care of: See a dentist for care. You will either need it removed or need root canal and crown. You may also need the abcess drained. You do need antibiotics in any case and would likely be given some pain meds as well. It will take a couple days for it to do better. ...Read more

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Help i think I have a dental abscess. What do I do?

Help i think I have a dental abscess. What do I do?

See a dentist : See your dentist as soon as possible. If you wait too long then you may loose your tooth. ...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)

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