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How Long Does A Tooth Abscess Last
How long does a tooth abscess last? I have a hole in tooth so it's draining, and I take 500mg of amoxicillin twice a day. Just started taking the antibiotics last night. When should the swelling in my gums/face go down?
Maybe never, but...: Tooth abscesses originate from dead/diseased tissue within the bad tooth, which leads to an infection in the surrounding supporting bone (abscess). Antibiotics may temporarily reduce the abscess (usually takes no less than 48 hrs, but maybe longer), but never truly address the cause. For this you need a root canal or extraction. Some infections will not respond to antibiotics at all. ...Read more
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
Depends: If you are taking the appropriate antibiotic and/or you have removed the source of the infection, it should resolve quickly. If not treated it will get worse until the pressure is relieved either by rupturing the abcess or it destroys enough underlying tissue that the pressure is reduced. But then it will still be there, but not hurting as much! ...Read more
Antibiotics: There is no one right answer. First the cause of the abscess needs to be addressed. Second, I hope you are not self prescribing. Dosage and regimen depend upon numerous factors including your medical history, dental history, dosage, regimen, size and cause of infection, etc. Discuss this with the prescribing doctor or if you don't have one, get one. ...Read more
Swelling=infection: See a doctor to find source of infection. Don't wait for the swelling to go down. ...Read more
It generally will take 24 -48 hours for an antibiotic to take effect.
It is important for you to know that no antibiotic will not
cure an abscessed tooth. You need definitive treatment of the tooth. An antibiotic may make things feel better until you can get the tooth treated. Sometimes this is only a short time. So get your tooth treated asap. ...Read more
I got a tooth abscess about 4 months ago and it hurt and swelled and had pus that would come out if I squeezed or pushed on it....for the last 2-3 months it is still there but no pus and it is really hard now...should I be concerned???
It varies: Unfortunately, there is no set answer on this. Everyone responds differently to the infection process. It is strongly advised to have this type of problem attended to as soon as you possibly can to prevent the infection from spreading and causing some serious illness. ...Read more
A few days: It take 2 days for a blood level. If it is not a chronic situation it should show signs of responding in a few days. ...Read more
No time frame: Although death from a tooth infection is rare, it can happen. The sooner you treat the problem the better off you will be. ...Read more
How long after taking Oxycodone until it is safe to drink? I took on 5-325 tablet and it is not subsiding pain from a tooth abscess like alchahol does
Taking Clindamycin 300 MG - 7 days after starting with IV for tooth abscess which has been pulled. Tomorrow is my last pill, when is it safe to drink?
I was put on amoxicillin for a tooth abscess. I broke out in hive; stopped taking the med, but still have the bumps. How long until my skin clears?
Tooth abscess dentist gave cipro (ciprofloxacin). Twice a day for 15 days is that safe seems. Like a long time. I herd it can be unsafe?
It can be taken but:
It is not the best choice of antibiotic for tooth abscess but can be used.
Usual antibiotics used are amoxicillin, clindamycine, flagyl, amoxicillin/clavulnic combination, erythromycine.
Discuss with your dentist why you need it for 15 days and cipro, (ciprofloxacin) there may be a reason you were prescribed Cipro (ciprofloxacin) for 15 days. ...Read more
I'm immunocompromised with a tooth abscess. Dentist referring me to endodontist, but they have full schedules. How long is it safe to wait?
It's good but beware: The draining of a tooth abscess helps to reduce the infection. However, there is a chance that the infection can worsen following that. It truly is best to obtain professional care. A dentist can manage the infection and can help to treat the tooth to prevent re-infection. I realize many people are looking for home remedies. However, in this instance, an infection is best handled by a dentist. ...Read more
Perio or endo: If the abscess is draining, usually you will have slightly raised gum and very little pain. However, if the abscess is not draining or if the fistula (draining tube) is obstructed, you will have swollen gum and more pain. If your tooth abscess is near the gum, your dentist will also check out your gum condition in addition to your tooth because it can be cracked tooth and/or gum disease. ...Read more
Dentist needed: A tooth abscess is an infection. Infections like this require an antibiotic. The antibiotic helps to control the infection but may not remove all the infection. Your dentist can best determine the exact cause of the infection so that it can be properly managed. An antibiotic alone may not cure the problem at all. ...Read more
See a dentist ASAP: A dental abscess is a collection of pus that forms in your teeth or gums as a result of a bacterial infection. The infection may spread to your jaw, face, eyes, sinus and to other areas of your head and neck. Dentist will treat a tooth abscess by draining it and getting rid of the infection. See a dentist ASAP. ...Read more
See dental provider: A general dentist or pediatric dentist is where to go. Sadly most all abscesses in baby teeth mean extraction of the tooth. Please take your child in right away! Know too that children should be seen by age 1 for their first dental visit and check up to try to get them used to it and to catch things as early as possible. Avoid sweets between meals and no juice/milk to bed-it will destroy them. ...Read more
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