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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

Dr. Arnold Malerman
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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


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How long does tooth infection swelling last?

How long does tooth infection swelling last?

Depends: Depends on the cause, but no infection will diminish until you see your dentist to actually treat the cause of your infection. ...Read more

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How long should the pain last after tooth infection?

How long should the pain last after tooth infection?

Rephrase: Until you fix the problem causing the infection.... Not sure what you are asking. ...Read more

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Tooth infection in redone filling. Swelling and pain gone from amoxcilin. How long will this last till I have to get an extraction. No healthcare atm.?

A few days: You need to see a dentist for treatment. The antibiotic only suppresses the infection. The infected tooth is like an infected splinter, the source of the infection has to be removed. In the case of the tooth you will probably need root canal treatment or an extraction. Don't delay, infections in this area can spread to the brain and become life threatening. ...Read more

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How long should I apply ice for a tooth infection?

How long should I apply ice for a tooth infection?

24-48 hours: Ice can help with an anti-inflammatory effect as well as to provide some temporary pain relief. If the infection isn't treated, it can spread and you can lose your tooth or have other health complications. See your dentist for proper treatment. ...Read more

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How long would it take a tooth infection to effect your whole body? I've had one for some months but I'm going to get it taken care of real soon.

How long would it take a tooth infection to effect your whole body? I've had one for some months but I'm going to get it taken care of real soon.

No time frame: You are asking a prediction as to how long your body can fight off a chronic infection, at that is impossible to do. The sooner you have the tooth restored and treated, the less chance you have of a major health problem and the loss of the tooth. Before antibiotics, tooth infections were one of the leading causes of death. ...Read more

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How long can a person have a tooth infection without pain?

Years: Years. But it is best to take care of it as soon as possible, since it may spread and cause septicemia. ...Read more

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If you have a tooth infection how long will it take to spread?

As we speak: The longer you wait, the greater the risk. Mild chronic infections have a nasty way of becoming severe acute infections at the most inopportune time. The longer you wait, the more tooth damage, the more complex (expensive) the "fix." You need to be on antibiotics to limit stead of infection until Dentist can treat (eliminate) the cause of infection. Please call Dentist NOW. ...Read more

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How long will a tooth infection take to heal once its been extracted?

How long will a tooth infection take to heal once its been extracted?

Healing.....: It depends upon many factors including but not limited to your age, healing ability, general health, size and location of infection, duration of infection, type of bacteria involved, blood supply in region, etc. Antibiotics should also be prescribed. You may begin to feel better within a day or so, although complete healing and bone remodeling may take weeks or even months. ...Read more

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If get tooth infection on bottom last tooth in back will it cause Ludwigs?

Oral infection: You may be dealing with an ongoing problem with a wisdom tooth. Particularly if partially or near totally "impacted" (hopelessly trapped in bone and out of position) these teeth can be a source of significant facial and neck space infection. While Ludwigs is a rare occurrence, it seems that someone or something has prompted this concern in you. An exam and discussion with an oral surgeon is best. ...Read more

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How long does it take before the medications take into effect for a tooth infection?

How long does it take before the medications take into effect for a tooth infection?

Varies: Sometimes the impact of antibiotics is nearly immediate and sometimes it takes a few days. If things aren't improving after 4 or 5 days, a different antibiotic may be necessary. ...Read more

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Given penicillin 500mg for a tooth infection. Says take every 6 hrs for 7 days. Can I take one dose late daily? I sometimes sleep longer than 6 hours.

Yes: The easy answer is yes. If your 30 min late on a dose it's not a huge deal. Just try to stick to the 6hr time frame as close as you can. If you're getting the appropriate total dosage in each 12-hr period you should be fine. ...Read more

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How long does it take for tooth infection swelling to go down?

How long does it take for tooth infection swelling to go down?

Antibiotics: If just on antibiotics you could expect 2-3 days, if you have had the tooth worked on and antibiotics it should be noticable sooner. See your dentist if you haven't. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a tooth infection to spread to fetus?

How long does it take for a tooth infection to spread to fetus?

See dentist asap: It is important to treat your dental abcess as soon as possible. Any infection can effect both your health and that of your baby.
Most dental procedures are safe to perform during pregnancy so don't wait. Call a dentist. ...Read more

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How long will it take for tooth infection headaches to go away?

How long will it take for tooth infection headaches to go away?

Should go w/infectio: Once your infection is gone, the headache should soon go away, assuming you had it treated with antibiotics, or a dentist. ...Read more

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Can someone tell me how long will it takes for a tooth infection to kill me?

Can someone tell me how long will it takes for a tooth infection to kill me?

Is this a bet?: Kill you? That's a strange way to look at things! Dental infections can go undiagnosed without care, then get bad in a hurry, and spread to the brain or heart causing death.
To predict how long this takes depends on your immune system, bacterial virulence, and primary location of the infection. It can vary from months to years to days. ...Read more

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Help! Is 6 days too long to wait to treat a tooth infection? What could happen?

Why wait?: The sooner you take care of your problem the less chance you will have complications. Please call for an appointment sooner than later. ...Read more

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Is 6 days too long to wait to treat a tooth infection? What could happen if it was longer?

Infections: Infections are best treated as soon as possible. The longer one waits, the more difficult to get under control, the more the local destruction to tissues, the greater the chance of it spreading to other parts of the body, and the greater the chance of serious complications. ...Read more

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I have a large bump on the top left side of my gums on the 2nd to last tooth. Its large and growing. Is it a gum or tooth infection?

I have a large bump on the top left side of my gums on the 2nd to last tooth. Its large and growing. Is it a gum or tooth infection?

Likely: Best get to a dentist to have it evaluated. The most likely explanation is infection. If it is food packed in your gums it may self correct if the food can be dislodged but if a tooth is infected internally or if you have periodontal disease, you will need dental treatment. ...Read more

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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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How long does penicillin treatment take for tooth infection?

How long does penicillin treatment take for tooth infection?

Varies: It takes about 24 hours for the antibiotic to begin working and it may take a few days for swelling to go down. Sometimes additional or different antibiotics have to be used if the first one didn't help. However, don't think that an antibiotic alone can fix the problem. It may make symptoms better, but you need to figure out why there is infection. ...Read more

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How long does it take to die from a tooth infection or tooth abscess?

How long does it take to die from a tooth infection or tooth abscess?

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

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I have a abcessed tooth infection. How long before the swelling goes down on my face?

I have a abcessed tooth infection. How long before the swelling goes down on my face?

Depends: Depends on how severe the abscess is, if there is spontaneous drainage of the abscess and your medical history. Usually with antibiotics it can take a few days if you respond to the antibiotics. With surgery it can take more than 3 days. ...Read more

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I've taken amoxicillin trihydrate 500mg for tooth infection (3 caps/day), how long does it stay in my body?

I've taken amoxicillin trihydrate 500mg for tooth infection (3 caps/day), how long does it stay in my body?

2-3 days: Amoxicillin starts to break down in your body after bout 1 hour. So to maintain maximum dosage levels you take it 3 x per day. When you are finished your course of antibiotics, it takes about 2-3 days for all traces of it to disappear. ...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'm curious, how long would it take for an untreated tooth infection to finally spread to the heart and brain?

Uncertain: There is no real time frame for this for all people. Best to get the infection treated as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Have a tooth infection on 31 Moxie dosage treatment ends on 18th, root canal scheduled 23rd. Is 5 days wait too long? Should I seek treatment sooner?

Have a tooth infection on 31 Moxie dosage treatment ends on 18th, root canal scheduled 23rd. Is 5 days wait too long? Should I seek treatment sooner?

2 suggestions: 1. Seek treatment sooner. If your Dentist cannot see you perhaps referral to a root canal specialist, an Endodontists, is in order. 2. Ask for refill of your antibiotic to carry you up until the time of your appointment. ...Read more

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If I have a tooth infection or gum infection, how long could it take to spread to jaw and cause bone loss? I have appointment saturday

See a dentist ASAP: Any other treatment is a temporary relief. A tooth infection won't go away without treatment. If the abscess doesn't drain, the infection may spread to cheeks, sinus and to other areas of your head fast. See your dentist ASAP. ...Read more

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I'm on amoxicillin for a tooth infection &I have been urinating a lot these last two days I know that's a sign of a uti but wouldn't that work for uti?

Dental Infection: Amoxicillin will generally help to control your dental infection, but you will still need to seek definitive care from your dentist to eliminate it. As far as your concern as to whether you have a UTI, you should consult with your primary care physician. If they suspect a UTI, they would most likely want to do a urinalysis and subsequent culture and sensitivity if any bacteria are found. ...Read more

Dr. Louis Gallia
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Toothache (Definition)

Dental pain is a symptom where one has pain in his teeth or gums, sometimes with sensitivity to cold or hot ...Read more