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How long will it take for an antibiotic to reduce pain of a tooth infection?

How long will it take for an antibiotic to reduce pain of a tooth infection?

Tooth infection: From my experience it usually takes about 48 hours after the first dosage until the tooth pain starts to diminish noticeably. This could vary depending on the severity of the infection. Make sure to follow the directions exactly as prescribed. ...Read more

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Which antibotic is good for a tooth infection? Im on augmentan is penicillin better?

Which antibotic is good for a tooth infection? Im on augmentan is penicillin better?

Augmetin is perfect: Augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) is my preferred antibiotic. Augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) is a synthetic penicillin and the better choice. Clindamycin is also an excellent choice. ...Read more

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Have a tooth infection in a molar, saw a dentist, he prescribed pain killers and amoxicillin. It's been 12 hours since I started the anti biotics, sti?

Have a tooth infection in a molar, saw a dentist, he prescribed pain killers and amoxicillin. It's been 12 hours since I started the anti biotics, sti?

Needs more time: It will take a few days for this to improve; no antibiotic works in only 12 hours. No STI causes tooth infections or pain. If you have other symptoms like penile discharge, painful urination, or genital sores or bumps, or if at risk for STI, get checked. But not because of the dental problem. Check back with the dentist if the tooth problem continues. ...Read more

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How long does it take for antibiotics to relieve pain from tooth infection after filling?

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How long does it take for antibiotics to relieve pain from tooth infection after filling?

24 to 72 hours: Antibiotics can start providing relief anywhere from 24 to 72 hours. If you don't have any relief by 72 hours you should call your dentist as you might need a different antibiotic or an emergency dental treatment. For temporary relief you can take OTC NSAIDs or Tylenol (acetaminophen). The only way to cure a dental infection is with dental treatment. ...Read more

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How long will it take for antibiotics to start working for tooth infection?

How long will it take for antibiotics to start working for tooth infection?

24 to 72 hours: Antibiotics can start providing relief anywhere from 24 to 72 hours. If you don't have any relief by 72 hours you should call your dentist as you might need a different antibiotic or an emergency dental treatment. For temporary relief you can take OTC NSAIDs or Tylenol (acetaminophen). The only way to cure a dental infection is with dental treatment. ...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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If you have a tooth infection how long will it take to spread?

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 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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How long does an antibiotic take to alleviate pain on a tooth infection?

How long does an antibiotic take to alleviate pain on a tooth infection?

Part of the answer: An antibiotic is only part of the solution. If a tooth is abscessed the underlying problem needs to be treated by either having a root canal or extraction. ...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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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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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 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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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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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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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 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 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 does it take for antibiotic clindamycin to kick in on a major tooth infection?

Usually 2 Days: A regular tooth infection normally shows signs of significant improvement within 48 hours. However, you said "major, " so it might take a bit longer. If you don't notice a huge improvement within 2 days, it's always a good idea to see your dentist again and perhaps add another antibiotic prescription to what you're currently taking. Don't wait too long & allow the infection to spread or get worse. ...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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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

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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What can I do for a tooth infection? Anything other than take meds? Rather not due to past c diff infection

What can I do for a tooth infection? Anything other than take meds? Rather not due to past c diff infection

See a dentist !: Medications don't fix teeth, just treat symptoms. The tooth needs to be evaluated and treated. ...Read more

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