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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. David Schleimer
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Swelling (Definition)

Swelling is the enlargement of organs, skin, or other body parts. It is caused by a buildup of fluid in the tissues. The extra fluid can lead to a rapid increase in weight over a short period of time (days to weeks). Swelling can occur all over the body (generalized) or only in one part ...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 swelling to go down, after starting antibiotics?

How long does it take for a tooth infection swelling to go down, after starting antibiotics?

I day to 1 week: If you have the correct antibiotic it can be very quick. With the wrong antibiotic it will take a long time. Amoxicillin is good for approximately 75% of the bacteria. Adding Metronidazole (flagyl) takes that up to 99%. Augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) also gets 99% of the bacteria. ...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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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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I have been on amoxicillin for 3 days due to a bad tooth infection the swelling has not gone down what should I do?

I have been on amoxicillin for 3 days due to a bad tooth infection the swelling has not gone down what should I do?

Dental infections: Usually do not respond simply by taking antibiotics. Three are three essential ingredients to to resolving infections. First, the cause must be eliminated. Second, the proper dosage, frequency and type of antibiotic must be prescribed. Third, the body will then help eliminate it. See your dentist asap to determine what is required next in your particular case. ...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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I had a tooth infection that caused massive swelling iunder my tougne. The infection was drained and I'm on meds. The swelling won't go away.

I had a tooth infection that caused massive swelling iunder my tougne. The infection was drained and I'm on meds. The swelling won't go away.

See a dentist ASAP: The tooth infection won't go away without treatment and the infection may spread to your jaw, cheeks, sinus and to other areas of your body. Dentist will treat a tooth abscess by treating the cause and getting rid of the infection. Do not delay. Good luck. ...Read more

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What can I do to reduce swelling from a tooth infection?

What can I do to reduce swelling from a tooth infection?

Antibiotic: If a diffuse swelling in face or jaws from an abscessed tooth, then antibiotic is indicated; followed by treatment for the tooth such as root canal therapy or extraction. ...Read more

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I have a tooth infection, can I have swelling in my face a neck?

I have a tooth infection, can I have swelling in my face a neck?

A big yes: Very common to have swelling. Get immediate attention from a healthcare provider. This can be a dangerous situation and if the swelling gets too large even antibiotics might not work alone and a surgical aspect might also be needed. ...Read more

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Can tooth infection cause swelling in throat?

Can tooth infection cause swelling in throat?

Infections: Any infection can spread locally through adjacent tissues or systemically to ANY part of the body. They are not to taken lightly. In fact, although rare, dental infections can cause very serious complications including death. Do not self treat or take chances. See a dentist immediately and if things worsen, go to 24/7 medical facility or ER of hospital. IT IS NOT WORTH THE RISK! ...Read more

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Can tooth infection cause throat swelling?

Can tooth infection cause throat swelling?

Yes: Lower teeth may cause swelling if the infection is severe enough. Please see your dentist for treatment. ...Read more

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I have a tooth infection I'm taking hydrocodon and penicillin. For two days now. How soon til my jaw swelling goes away? So I can pull the tooth.

I have a tooth infection I'm taking hydrocodon and penicillin. For two days now. How soon til my jaw swelling goes away? So I can pull the tooth.

Consider:: Some tooth infections will never settle down without actually removing the tooth. Coordinate treatment with your dentist to "close the loop" and resolve the problem completely. ...Read more

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I am experiencing gum swelling, toothache and bad breath. I have a tooth infection that came up this morning. I do not have dental insurance.?

I am experiencing gum swelling, toothache and bad breath. I have a tooth infection that came up this morning. I do not have dental insurance.?

Your teeth do: Not know if you have dental insurance or not! This is a sign of poor oral health/hygiene/dietary habits. See a dentist or low cost dental clinic asap. Contact the local dental society and ask for a list of resources in your area. ...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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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 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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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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How long does it take for a tooth infection to turn in to blood poisoning?

How long does it take for a tooth infection to turn in to blood poisoning?

No specific time: If you have a tooth infection it can become quite serious if left unattended. Pain, infection, swelling, complicated treatment, extraction, and in rare cases even death can occur. Do not delay in getting treatment. Call your dentist today. ...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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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.

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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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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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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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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How long would it take for amoxicillin to get rid of a tooth infection?

How long would it take for amoxicillin to get rid of a tooth infection?

See a dentist ASAP: The tooth infection won't go away without treatment and the infection may spread to your jaw, cheeks, sinus and to other areas of your body. Dentist will treat a tooth abscess by treating the cause and getting rid of the infection. Do not delay. Good luck. ...Read more

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How long should it take for my clindamycin to get rid of a tooth infection?

How long should it take for my clindamycin to get rid of a tooth infection?

24-48 hours: The antibiotic will not cure the infection but will decrease the pain until; you can havre dental treatment. ...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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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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How much amoxicillin should I take for tooth infection?

How much amoxicillin should I take for tooth infection?

Amoxicillin: Amoxicillin is usually for 7-10 days for a dental infection. This should be prescribed by your dentist for correct dosage and duration. ...Read more

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How do I take care of a tooth infection without going to the dentist?

How do I take care of a tooth infection without going to the dentist?

You really can't: If your tooth is infected I would see a dentist right away. Antibiotics may make it feel better temporarily, but it will come back, and having an infection anywhere, especially in your head. ...Read more

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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 much penicillin should I take for a tooth infection?

How much penicillin should I take for a tooth infection?

Do not self medicate: Or self diagnose. Please see your dentist for the appropriate medications and dosage instructions. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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I have no insurance and have a tooth infection. What can I take without a perscription to clear up the infection?

I have no insurance and have a tooth infection. What can I take without a perscription to clear up the infection?

Not much...: Even if you had a prescription for antibiotics, the meds do not fix your rotten tooth... you need to be treated by a dentist for that. Most patients do not have dental insurance, but they still fix their teeth. You'll have to set priorities and possibly finance some of your treatment. You can also seek reduced fee care at a dental school, clinic, or hospital program. All the best... ...Read more

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How much amoxicillin should I take for a tooth infection?

How much amoxicillin should I take for a tooth infection?

Depends: Please see a doctor first to determine the exact problem and the extent of it. Usually Amoxicillin is 500 mg 3 times a day. But if the infection is severe, other medications will be considered. ...Read more

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Ran out of clindamycin 300 for very bad tooth infection. Have pentrexl 500 can I take them and how often?

Ran out of clindamycin 300 for very bad tooth infection. Have pentrexl 500 can I take them and how often?

Better Choice: See a local dentist. Antibiotics will not solve your dental problem. Let your dentist manage your infection. ...Read more

Dr. Debra Rosenblatt
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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. 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