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Does it work to take cephalexin for a tooth infection?

Does it work to take cephalexin for a tooth infection?

Cephalexin a cure??: Cephalexin or Keflex can work for a tooth infection. It really depends on what type of bacteria are causing the infection? It may bring down the swelling and infection, but it is not a cure. You should see your dentist to see what is causing this infection. Remember that antibiotics also have an expiration date. If you are using old antibiotics, they may not work as well. ...Read more

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Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


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Should i take amoxicillin or keflex for tooth infection?

Should i take amoxicillin or keflex for tooth infection?

Amox or Penicillin?: Both are commonly prescribed effective antibiotics but it won't matter which one you take as without appropriate dental treatment to remove the cause of the infection, you won't resolve the problem. This requires professional dental treatment. ...Read more

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Is keflex good for helping with tooth infections?

Is keflex good for helping with tooth infections?

A conditional "yes": Antibiotic therapy may be a useful adjunct in the treatment of dental infections, but it should never be used as a sole therapeutic approach, and should not be used without supervision by your dentist. Antibiotics like Keflex are helpful in bringing a severe, acute infection under control, but are generally incapable of eliminating infection. ...Read more

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Rct failed tooth #32-active infection, put on keflex 500mg-1 tab 3x daily. Dentist started retreatment...How likely to be successful?

Rct failed tooth #32-active infection, put on keflex 500mg-1 tab 3x daily. Dentist started retreatment...How likely to be successful?

Depends: Depends on the reason for failure and if a top endodontist did the original endo. We have done root canals on many wisdom teeth and they can be tricky due to there amorphous root forms. That being said, if they are done originally by a top microscopic endodontist, it can be done successfully. Often times the first root canan may miss canals or ledge curved canals making retreatment difficult. Have. ...Read more

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How long does it take antibiotic med to work on a tooth infection?

How long does it take antibiotic med to work on a tooth infection?

That depends: They usually take 24-48 hours to reduce the infection and thereby lower your pain. However, antibiotics are only a temporary measure. If you do not have the source of the infection eliminated, both the infection and pain will return shortly after stopping the antibiotic. Antibiotics wont solve your problem. You must see your dentist to have this tooth treated with a root canal or an extraction. ...Read more

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It hurts a lot from my gum/tooth infection so I have to have a root canal. It is still hurting just as much so how long do they take to work?

It hurts a lot from my gum/tooth infection so I have to have a root canal. It is still hurting just as much so how long do they take to work?

Root canals: Completed on a painful tooth almost always improve acute symptoms immediately. Depending on the amount of inflammation and infection that infiltrated into the tissues surrounding the tooth, symptoms can continue to aggravate u after the root canal. Medications are prescribed to fight this issue. There are many possibilities. If its been more than 5 days, return to your doctor. ...Read more

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I am not alergic to any antibiotcs can I take ciprofloxacin for a tooth infection i had about $5000 worth of work on my upper teeth i had two on the right that were missing and one on the left. I had perminent pars, but no root canals. It hurts when i pu

Find out cause: While the cause of your pain may indeed be an infection after all that work, only your oral surgeon/dentist can make sure nothing else is going on. Further, Cipro would not be my first choice for antibiotic if indeed there is a post-operative infection. Not hte best coverage for germs you find in mouth. So i'd call up the doctor/dentist who did your work, and see them at first available time. ...Read more

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