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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. Arnold Malerman
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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


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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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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.

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?

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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I'm curious as to why won't my dental abscess go away?

Abscess go home: A dental abscess can be destructive if the source is not treated or removed. An infected tooth, an infected periodontal pocket, fractured tooth resulting in nerve death and soft tissue damage are possible causes. If the tooth is not removed or root canal tx performed, or the pocket is not cleaned sterilized and corrected, or the fracture not taken care of it will worsen! ...Read more

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I may have a dental abscess. How to find out if it is?

I may have a dental abscess. How to find out if it is?

Easily...: See your dentist, and he will evaluate your teeth, your gums around it and then take a new radiography/ x-ray. Then you can find out what's going on. Good luck. ...Read more

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I think I'm getting a dental abscess. What should I do?

I think I'm getting a dental abscess. What should I do?

Dentist: This is something you should not put off or ignore. The complications with dental abscesses can be disastrous and seeing a dentist is important. Get better soon. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: dental abscess?

What is the definition or description of: dental abscess?

Infection: 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 may need multiple procedures. ...Read more

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I have face swelling from dental abscess?

I have face swelling from dental abscess?

Face swelling: This requires an immediate evaluation by a dentist to treat the cause and place you on an appropriate antibiotic. Left untreated these situations can go downhill very quickly, spread and cause other serious complications. See a dentist right away and if one is unavailable see your physician, 24/7 emergency medical facility or er of hospital. Do all that you can to see a dentist right away! ...Read more

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Dental abscess after root canal, what to do?

Dental abscess after root canal, what to do?

Call dentist: I would call the dentist who treated the root canal, tell him you have pain and swelling? And he will probably prescribe an antibiotic for you. He may also have you return to the office for an evaluation to determine if you need any medications. But call the doctor first. ...Read more

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How to get rid of a dental abscess on my own?

How to get rid of a dental abscess on my own?

Not likely: While dental abcesses can drain and be non painful, they will not go away from treatment other than removing the offensive tooth or causative agent. If the nerve of a tooth is infected, performing a root canal to remove it usually helps heal an abcess. If a tooth is infected (abcessed) and nonrestorable, then removal will help heal the area. Self cures for dental abcesses are not recommended, imo. ...Read more

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Are dental abscess treatments painful to get?

Are dental abscess treatments painful to get?

Not usually: Usually once the shots have numbed the entire area of concern, patients do not feel any pain. Some dentist may offer IV sedation for your comfort. ...Read more

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How to deal with a dental abscess after tooth pulled?

Not uncommon: Postoperative infection complication after tooth extraction is not uncommon. To avoid complications, the patient has to maintain good oral hygiene and should avoid smoking and drinking alcohol. To treat infections, antibiotics are given by the dentist and tissue curettage is possible. ...Read more

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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
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Abscess (Definition)

Occurs when one has an infection in a part of their body, and the infection is being surrounded and fought off by white blood cells, causing a lump of purulent whitish thick material (pus) ...Read more


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