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Dr. Martin Raff
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How long til amoxicillin starts to work on tooth infection?

How long til amoxicillin starts to work on tooth infection?

Depends: What type of tooth infection? Like many other conditions, antibiotics serve as a supplement to surgical intervention. A dental abscess may need drainage or extraction. If going to be effective alone, any antibiotic, if effective, should begin to elicit changes within 24 to 36 hours. ...Read more

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Infection (Definition)

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


Dr. James Merrett
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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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Dr. Gary Sandler
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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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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
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Dr. Mark Bornfeld
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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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Dr. Sandra Eleczko
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Home remedies that can help tooth infection along with antibiotics other than salt water thing? in terms of food..... thanks

Home remedies that can help tooth infection along with antibiotics other than salt water thing? in terms of food..... thanks

Infection: i hope you are being treated by a dentist. Antibiotics alone will not fix an abscesses tooth. A healthy diet will help your body fight the infection. The good news is that the antibiotics will take effect in about a day so you will start to feel better soon. Follow the treatment recommendations of your dentist. Good luck ...Read more

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Dr. Kenneth Grossman
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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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Dr. Paul Grin
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Can an tooth infection start draining 3 weeks after extraction nasty taste coming from extraction site started clindamycin yesterday?

Can an tooth infection  start draining 3 weeks after extraction nasty taste coming from extraction site started clindamycin yesterday?

Always a possibility: A root tip fragment, splinters, shards, spurs, chips left behind after extraction. See your dentist for x-ray and fragment removal. ...Read more

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Keftabs (Definition)

Keftabs is a first generation cephalosporin which is a kind of cephalosporin type drug (anti-bacterial ...Read more


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