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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

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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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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How can I help dental abscess while waiting for dentist?

How can I help dental abscess while waiting for dentist?

"emergency dentist": For emergency appointment or visit an "emergency dentist" for a temporary treatment, antibiotics or painkillers prescription. ERs are not set for dental treatment or dentistry. For the "emergency dentist" near you call 1-800-dentist. Take care. ...Read more

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After getting a dental abscess, do I sleep with the gauze?

After getting a dental abscess, do I sleep with the gauze?

Gauze?: If you are asking, "my dentist gave me gauze to bite on after removing an abscessed tooth" it should be changed every 20 minutes until the bleeding stops. No, don't sleep with gauze, can cause airway obstruction. If gauze being used for any other reason, ask your dentist for advice. Don't try to fix this yourself. You can't. See dentist asap. ...Read more

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Does some swelling remain after the drainage of dental abscess?

Does some swelling remain after the drainage of dental abscess?

Yes: Until the tooth is either extracted or undergoes root canal therapy, the abscess usually returns. ...Read more

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How much time for dental abscess to clear while on antibiotics?

How much time for dental abscess to clear while on antibiotics?

Dental abscess: There is no set time and it won't clear up permanently anyway unless the issue that caused it in the first place is addressed. If you are referring to how long it takes for the pain or swelling to subside? That also varies depending upon the individual circumstances. If you are treating yourself, bad idea! If you are under the care of a dentist, he\she can best answer your questions. ...Read more

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I am on amoxicillin for a dental abscess, is it okay to pop it?

I am on amoxicillin for a dental abscess, is it okay to pop it?

Yes: If you apply heat via warm water rinses or on a cotton swab, then it should easily drain that visible abscess. Please see your endodontist. ...Read more

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What should I expect before and after dental abscess treatment?

Just like any visit: If you mean that you are having root canal therapy there is little to do. If you are having pain you should be taking pain relieving medication and possibly antibiotics if you have an infection. It's not necessary to take antibiotics before your treatment. After the visit the dentist will suggest medications and provide you with instructions. Usually there are no restrictions after care. ...Read more

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What can I do about a recurring dental abscess after root canal?

What can I do about a recurring dental abscess after root canal?

Fracture: If antibiotics have already been prescribed, it is possible that your tooth is fractured. You should be evaluated by the endodontist or your dentist. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of a dental abscess on my own? No insurance now.

How can I get rid of a dental abscess on my own? No insurance now.

You can't...: Get rid of dental abscess on your own. You can only treat symptoms with antibiotics and pain medications. Until the source of the abscess is gone, you will have ongoing infections. Ab will only contain the symptoms in check for little while. This can be taken care of in two ways...One is an extraction of a tooth and the other option is to have a root canal treatment. ...Read more

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Help please? How long for dental abscess to clear while on antibiotics?

Help please? How long for dental abscess to clear while on antibiotics?

1 week: An antibiotic therapy for dental abscess is indicated only when drainage cannot be achieved or the patient shows signs of systemic involvement. Penicillin is the most useful antibiotic for dental infection and prescribed for 7-10 days. Remember, the only way to cure a dental abscess is with dental treatment. ...Read more

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After drainage of a dental abscess is there still some swelling for awhile?

After drainage of a dental abscess is there still some swelling for awhile?

Not uncommon: A dental abscess is a serious infection and after drainage there can also be moderate swelling in the face for a few days. If concerned, . see your surgeon for post-op appointment. ...Read more

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What are the alternatives if I am unable to take dental abscess antibiotics?

What are the alternatives if I am unable to take dental abscess antibiotics?

Why not?: You did not mention why you cannot take antibiotics. 1. There are plenty of choices available if you are allergic to the ones that you have tried. 2. If you can't swallow pills, most come in liquid form. 3. You can also be given im injections. 4.If you get GI problems, there are ways to deal with that also. Finally, there are no real substitutes for antibiotics. Discuss with your own dentist. ...Read more

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