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What Antibiotics Are Used To Treat An Abscessed Tooth
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
Might clindamycin be a strong enough antibiotic for a tooth abscess that has spread to my face and neck, and beyond?
Maybe: If this is the case, we recommend you be seen asap for an evaluation. Depending on when you started the antibiotic, you may already be behind the ability of an oral antibiotic to be effective and may need IV medication. Additionally, it may be necessary to drain the abscess in order to remove infection and allow the antibiotic to be effective. Thanks. ...Read more
Temporarily: Clindamycin, while a great antibiotic will only help to reduce the consequence of the underlying problem. If the gum is swollen around the tooth I would recopmmend that you see a periodontist. If the gum is not swollen and you are in a significant amount of discomfort I would recommend that you see an endodontist. These dentists would resolve the source of the infection to prevent return. ...Read more
Get Seen Immediately: A tooth abcess can have severe consequences. Whatever the cost you should get evaluation so that you can continue to live a normal life. They may need to give you antibiotics or pull your tooth. Good luck! ...Read more
Will facial numbness from an abscessed tooth be treated/gone once extraction will be done? Or will it be permanent?
Yes. No.: Will be gone when infection resolved. Not permanent. ...Read more
No!!!: Get it treated. The cause of the infection is still there and ready to hit yoju as soon as it can. ...Read more
Good question: Not sure what you mean exactly. If the tooth is infected causing an abscess and a swollen cheek extracting the tooth or a root canal should fix it. Geting a tooth worked on that is abscessed and when you are swollen can be painful because all the nerves are hypersensitive and its hard to open your mouth. Anesthetic also usually doesn't last as long. ...Read more
Possibly..: .. But unlikely. The antibiotics just treat the symptoms, your dentist treats the tooth that is causing the problem. The sooner the problem is addressed, the less the chance for complications. ...Read more
DIY Dentistry: Teeth are not easily "loosened". In many instances a dentist needs to section the tooth and remove it in pieces. Don't try to be your own dentist... Give a local dentist a call and be properly taken care of. ...Read more
NO: Abscess tooth can stop the pain on its own with establishing drainage through a fistula tract on the gum near the abscess tooth, or drain through the gum crevice around the affected tooth. However, continuous draining will cause bone loss either at the apex or at the side of tooth bony wall. It may develop a cyst slowly. It is rather a slow process (a year easily) so you can plan for treatment. ...Read more
Not on their own: The only connection I can imagine would be that a person with an anxiety disorder who develops an abscessed tooth might feel more anxious than usual - especially if they are afraid of dental procedures. No causation relationship makes any sense in either direction otherwise. ...Read more
Depend on the cause: Amoxicillin only provides temporary relief. You need to schedule an appointment with your dentist to address the cause of the abscessed tooth. If it is gum abscess, Amoxicillin is fine prior to full mouth debridement. With tooth abscess, Clindamycin is the drug of choice prior to root canal therapy. ...Read more
As much as: Grapefruit seed extract would work as much as a band aid on a leaky water pipe. Infections can spread and cause serious complications. It's not smart to experiment or postpone proper treatment in these cases. See your dentist for an appropriate antibiotic than we know works and definitive treatment to remove the cause of the infection. ...Read more
About half af all tooth abscesses are asymptomatic. Eventually they become painful and this is called an acute abscess.
The lesion fills w/ fluid, possibly pus. When this occurs, infection has taken over. If left untreated, swelling will result as the infection spreads. It is at this stage that a patient may have a fever! ...Read more
I'm on amoxicillin for cold but have abscessed tooth for over a month. How long should I wait before treating the tooth?
Not long: Abscessed teeth are nothing to play around with. The infection can progress from the tooth into the soft tissues around the tooth pretty quickly in some people. See your dentist and get it taken care of. ...Read more
I believe I have an abscessed tooth. Been taking garlic for the infection (working slow), but have been sick 3 times since jan. What other problems can be caused by this infection?
I believe in definitive treatment for abscessed teeth!
Garlic keeps away wherwolves but it doesn't cure abscesses! See a dentist! ...Read more
Can an infection from an abscessed tooth spread elsewhere in the body? I have an appointment to deal with an abscessed tooth in a week, but am worried that the infection could spread in that amount of time. Do I have anything to be worried about? .
The: The infection can spread and have serious consequences. Call immediately for an emergency appointment. ...Read more
Here are a few: Untreated tooth infections ususally progress by removing the bone in the area of the abscess. The longer you wait, the more is lost. Sometimes the teeth can become loose. Eventually this can result in a swelling or advanced infections. It is not uncommon for adjacent nerve structures to become infected leading to numbness. Treat them early and don't wait. ...Read more
Not always: Often chronic infections fester until all of a sudden they flare up with pain and swelling. I have seen chronic infections, unknown to patients for years until they become acute or are discovered on x-rays. That it why it is so important to get routine dental exams and x-rays. ...Read more
See your dentist: Oral pain can be caused by many things. Identifying the origin of the pain will assist the doctor in making the appropriate diagnosis. Once the diagnosis is made a treatment plan will guide you to relief. Call your dentist today to get some help. ...Read more
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