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Is it better to use ice or heat on an infected tooth?

Is it better to use ice or heat on an infected tooth?

Ice: Heat should never be used. Ice can help with an anti-inflammatory effect as well as to provide some slight numbness to the area but a true infection needs to be evaluated and treated by an appropriate treating provider.

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Infected tooth, on penicilin, will heat or ice help?

Infected tooth, on penicilin, will heat or ice help?

No...: I see no "convenience" in adding any of these "on the side help" as you are already under antibiotic therapy. If the infection does't go, try a different antibiotic and an anti inflammatory. Most important: treat the infected tooth.

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Went to Er for face swelling n tooth pain took 5 penicillin vk should the swelling be going down should I use ice or heat for swelling n salt water?

Went to Er for face swelling n tooth pain took 5 penicillin vk should the swelling be going down should I use ice or heat for swelling n salt water?

Great expectations: Antibiotics will not cure an abscess, just control the infection until it can actually be physically treated (root canal/crown or extraction/implant/crown). Facial swelling means infection is already swelling. If you are taking penicillin 4x/day it may take 48-72 hours for swelling to begin to go down. Do NOT stop taking PCN prematurely. Unless you see Dentist infection will return. Go now.

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What can I do to keep the pain from an infected tooth gone for awhile?

What can I do to keep the pain from an infected tooth gone for awhile?

See a dentist: Antibiotics will only help control the infection so that a dentist can treat the tooth. Once infected, treatment is required ASAP to prevent the infection from spreading. How long would you wait to treat a broken arm or a kidney stone? These types of medical conditions require urgent care. Make the call.

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Will bactrin help for an infected tooth?

Will bactrin help for an infected tooth?

Probably not: Bactrin is not normally prescribed for tooth infections. You need to make an appointment with a local dentist to have the tooth evaluated and treated. Antibiotics will not fix the problem.

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Infected tooth, can I take dicloxacillin?

Infected tooth, can I take dicloxacillin?

No: There are better options for tooth infection. Ask your dentist.

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Is it bad to have an infected tooth taken out?

Is it bad to have an infected tooth taken out?

Yes: If the tooth is deemed salvageable it should be saved, especially if it is in function. Get a root canal!

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Can a bad tooth infected tooth kill you and how?

Can a bad tooth infected tooth kill you and how?

YES: If the infection is bad enough and your immune system is depressed, the infection can spread infecting your blood (septicemia) and take you to coma and..... So before thinking in dying, it would be wise to think in treating the infected tooth with antibiotics to kill the germ responsible for the infection and/or have the tooth extracted if the doctor advises so. Treat the cause.

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Abscess on infected tooth popped, is it okay to eat?

Abscess on infected tooth popped, is it okay to eat?

Yes: You can eat. You may have less pain now that the accessed popped but you still have the infection. It still needs treatment. It is not a good thing to let this infection continue, your immune system is being overworked. See a dentist about this asap.

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Got my tooth extracted, how do I tell if it's infected?

Got my tooth extracted, how do I tell if it's infected?

Signs, see DDS: Pain, swelling, & fever are the three cardinal signs of an infection. Therefore, if the pain is not going away or getting worse, you have swelling all of a sudden when you didn't before or the swelling is getting worse, or you have a fever with no other apparent cause, all signs of an infection. You shouldn't have to figure this out for yourself. See your dentist for routine post-op care.

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How long before amoxicillan works on an infected tooth?

How long before amoxicillan works on an infected tooth?

24 hours: It can take 24 to 48 hours for antibiotics to take effect. Please contact the dentist who prescribed the Amoxicillin with you're concerns. Make sure you follow up with treatment, the antibiotic alone will not cure the abscessed tooth.

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Just had tooth extracted, how do I tell if its infected?

Just had tooth extracted, how do I tell if its infected?

Symptoms: If swelling gets larger instead of smaller. I f you are feeling worse instead of better. These are a couple of examples. Best answer if any concern is to return to your dentist to evaluate for you.

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Would an infected tooth be considered a dental emergency?

Would an infected tooth be considered a dental emergency?

It could be: It depends on the extent of the infection, but an untreated serious infection could lead to massive swelling and airway blockage--this would be life threatening. This usually happens when there has been an infection that has been left untreated for some time and it gradually builds to a serious infection. Any swelling associated with infection should be taken very seriously.

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Can a baby tooth be pulled early if it is looking infected?

Can a baby tooth be pulled early if it is looking infected?

Yes, but: The ability to anesthetize ("numb") the tooth may be reduced as often the infection will interfere with the effectiveness of the anesthetic agent.

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Lightheadedness due to infected tooth, what do you suggest?

Lightheadedness due to infected tooth, what do you suggest?

See a dentist and MD: If you have an infected tooth it needs to be treated asap. I would also confirm that the light headedness is truly related to the tooth and not something else. See a qualified dentist asap with possibly needing to see your md as well.

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What's the difference between an infected tooth and a cavity?

What's the difference between an infected tooth and a cavity?

Infected tooth: A cavity is a hole in the tooth caused by decay. This is usually repairable by removing the decay and restoring the tooth with a filling or a crown. An infected tooth is an infection of the nerve of the tooth. This is usually caused by deep, untreated decay, but can also be caused by trauma, like a blow to the tooth. An infected tooth is treated by a root canal procedure.

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Tooth is highly sensitive to heat and cold -- what could be the problem?

Tooth is highly sensitive to heat and cold -- what could be the problem?

Thermal Sensitivity: Any number of causes, including but not limited to cavities, loose or cracked filling, cracked tooth, or trauma. Best bet is to see a local dentist for an exam.

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