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Dr. Arnold Malerman
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Tooth Abscess (Definition)

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


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Can you take amoxicillin for tooth abscess?

Can you take amoxicillin for tooth abscess?

Not always 1st choic: Amoxicillin is not always the first choice for a tooth abscess. Simple pen v-k is very effective & if it is a recurring abscess, Clindamycin is next best. All depends on the severity of the problem & of course if you are allergic to certain antibiotics. I wouldn't take it as a matter of fact, see your dentist & decide. ...Read more

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Can I cut amoxicillin and take only half dose? I have tooth abscess

Dr. Paul Grin Dr. Grin
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Can I cut amoxicillin and take only half dose? I have tooth abscess

See a dentist: You must treat the source of the infection, not only the symptoms. Therefore, you need to clean out the inside of the tooth to remove the bacteria which is the source of the infection. The antibiotics cannot reach the source of the infection. See a dentist for more information, recommendation and treatment. ...Read more

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Been on 500mg3xday amoxicillin for tooth abscess was told to take 300mg clindamycin before root canal. I have aortic stenosis too. Can i mix the two?

Been on 500mg3xday amoxicillin for tooth abscess was told to take 300mg clindamycin before root canal. I have aortic stenosis too. Can i mix the two?

Proper advice-: The best answer to your question would be by a dentist who knows your complete medical and dental history and has already seen you. Please don't look for answers on the internet. We could only guess as to what you require and why. ...Read more

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Is it actually true that amoxicillin will work against tooth abscess?

Is it actually true that amoxicillin will work against tooth abscess?

Yes: The Amoxicillin will contain the infection and prevent it from worsening. However, see a dentist to effectively treat the tooth and the infection asap. ...Read more

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Hi docs, would amoxicillin get rid of tooth abscess?

Hi docs, would amoxicillin get rid of tooth abscess?

NO: You must treat the source of the infection. The antibiotics will only be a temporary solution. A tooth abscess is normally treated with a root canal or extraction and possibly in conjunction with antibiotics. ...Read more

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Tooth abscess amoxicillin how long for swelling to go down?

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

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I now have a tooth abscess-its being extracted soon. I had it since yesterday and today jumped on amoxil (amoxicillin) & metrogyl am i safe from it spreading ?

I now have a tooth abscess-its being extracted soon. I had it since yesterday and today jumped on amoxil (amoxicillin) & metrogyl am i safe from it spreading ?

Never spread: Tooth abscess never spread from one tooth to another unless the abscess was not treated and allow to destroy the bone of adjacent teeth. However this should take a very long time. ...Read more

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I had a tooth abscess and dentist drained and gave me metronidazole and amoxicillin, is it necessary to have the metronidazole too?

I had a tooth abscess and dentist drained and gave me metronidazole and amoxicillin, is it necessary to have the metronidazole too?

Great combo: metronidazole and amoxicillin. Metronidazole is an adjunctive medication that usually used to treat infections caused by anaerobic bacteria. First of all the only way to cure a dental abscess is with dental treatment. As with all medicines, be sure to follow your doctor's prescription. ...Read more

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What helps with a swollen face from a abscess tooth went to drs this morning the gave me amoxicillin?

What helps with a swollen face from a abscess tooth went to drs this morning the gave me amoxicillin?

Abscess: An infected abscessed tooth will cause surrounding tissues to swell as the infection spreads. Antibiotic will, in a few days, begin to limit spread of infection for as long as you take the Med. But to cure, all infected tooth material must be removed or infection will flare up again. Schedule appropriate treatment with your Dentist. ...Read more

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Been on amoxicillin for 84 hrs. Had an antibiotic shot after 48 since no change. Still no change. What to do? It's for abscess tooth.

Been on amoxicillin for 84 hrs. Had an antibiotic shot after 48 since no change. Still no change. What to do? It's for abscess tooth.

See dentist: it could be the antibiotics given are not correct for the bacteria involved. And sometimes you must get treatment before the swelling subsides,no matter what antibiotic your given. See your dentist ASAP! ...Read more

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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?

Call dentist: You should take benedryl and this will help, the hives clear up quickly. The time will depend on how serious your allergic reaction is. Call the dentist that is treating your tooth and let them know what happened. It is still important to treat your infection. ...Read more

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I had a tooth abscess and i was on 7 days of amoxicillin.I saw a dds today as i still have the bump. He gave no prescription for a refill and said that no exam is needed. Iwill see him on 2/13 at the next cleaning. What should I do?

I had a tooth abscess and i was on 7 days of amoxicillin.I saw a dds today as i still have the bump. He gave no prescription for a refill and said that no exam is needed. Iwill see him on 2/13 at the next cleaning. What should I do?

Why no root canal?: Sounds like you need a root canal. The more time that goes by, the more likely your problem will get worse. How about calling the dentist and asking if you need a root canal? If so, how about sooner rather than later? ...Read more

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What to do if I have a tooth abscess on my gums and I'm in bad pain what could I do to ease the pain. n my dentist put me on amoxicillin. any info will do!?

Abscess: Taking an anti-inflammatory like Ibuprofen usually helps if your health permits. I would check with your dentist since they have your health history and know what medications are appropriate for you. ...Read more

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When will augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) reduce swelling from tooth abscess?

When will augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) reduce swelling from tooth abscess?

Tooth abscess: If you are self medicating, probably never (without also treating the cause of the infection). If it was prescribed by a dentist, you need to discuss what to expect from the prescribing dentist. Augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) would not be my first choice of antibiotics for dental infections. If the swelling does not diminish within 2-3 days, you need to let your dentist know that immediately.If it worsens, even sooner. ...Read more

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Had a tooth abscess for months, recently swollen again augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) doesnt seem to be working after 3 days Cant get seen til wed. Will i be ok til then?

Had a tooth abscess for months, recently swollen again augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) doesnt seem to be working after 3 days Cant get seen til wed. Will i be ok  til then?

Get it seen soon: Having taken the same antibiotic before, the bacteria may have grown resistant to it. Additionally, not only will the pain of pus under pressure be unbearable, you run the risk of getting a blood infection, bone infection or most seriously, a Central Nervous System infection. Get it seen over the next few days if not, today. ...Read more

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Amoxicillin (Definition)

Amoxicillin is in the penicillin class of antibiotics. All penicillins are distinguished by the presence of a beta-lactam ring, and are known to kill bacteria by inhibiting synthesis (production) ...Read more


Dr. Theodore Davantzis
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Abscess (Definition)

Occurs when one has an infection in a part of their body, and the infection is being surrounded and fought off by white blood cells, causing a lump of purulent whitish thick material (pus) ...Read more