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Which antibiotic does one take specifically for an abscessed tooth?

Which antibiotic does one take specifically for an abscessed tooth?

Clindamycin or Amox: In my opinion, Clindamycin works best for dental infections. Amoxicillin is also a standard one dentists use. ...Read more

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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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I have antibiotic allergies, but need one for abscessed tooth? Should I go ahead and take it?

I have antibiotic allergies, but need one for abscessed tooth? Should I go ahead and take it?

Tough situation: You did not say what antibiotics you are allergic to. However, I have not seen anyone that could not receive a substitute antibiotic that you are not allergic to. Check with your md about options and inform your dentist. ...Read more

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Can the antibiotic cephalexin cure a tooth abscess?

No: Antibiotics can decrease the size of the infection and give you temporary pain relief, but you cannot cure the infection without treating the tooth with the appropriate dental procedure. ...Read more

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Might clindamycin be a strong enough antibiotic for a tooth abscess that has spread to my face and neck, and beyond?

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

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Can clindamycin be used to treat an abscessed tooth?

Can clindamycin be used to treat an abscessed tooth?

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

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How can I help treat an abscessed tooth?

How can I help treat an abscessed tooth?

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

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Suddenly my abscessed tooth stopped hurting. Does that mean it does not have to be treated?

No!!!: Get it treated. The cause of the infection is still there and ready to hit yoju as soon as it can. ...Read more

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How can you treat with an abscessed tooth with a swollen cheek?

How can you treat with an abscessed tooth with a swollen cheek?

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

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If your taking an antibotic for a tooth abscess can it still spread to your neck and brain.

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

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How can I loosen an abscessed tooth?

How can I loosen an abscessed tooth?

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

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What will a dr do for abscessed tooth?

What will a dr do for abscessed tooth?

Abscess: It is very important you go see your dentist. You may need a root canal or even an extraction. You need to see your dentist as soon as possible an untreated infection can cause serious health issues including death. ...Read more

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Can an abscessed tooth heal on its own?

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Can an abscessed tooth heal on its own?

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

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What is the definition or description of: abscessed tooth?

What is the definition or description of: abscessed tooth?

Periapical abscess: When the pulp becomes infected, the toxic products filter thru the opening at the end of the root. Your immune system responds by forming inflammatory tissue at the expense of bone. This tissue then can fill w/ puss forming an abscess. ...Read more

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Can an abscessed tooth kill me?

Not likely; but....: If you have an abscessed tooth it would best be treated. Infections in the body can create the potential for other problems. There is no benefit to leaving an abscess alone. Please seek treatment if you do indeed have an abscess. ...Read more

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Can anxeity disorder and abscessed tooth be realated?

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

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Can abscessed tooth cause vision loss?

Can abscessed tooth cause vision loss?

Yes: In my clinical practice, I have seen a patient that had a tooth abscess and developed inflammation in both eyes that affected his vision. It only resolved after the tooth was fixed. If you notice any changes in the vision, you should see your eyecare provider. ...Read more

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Could getting root canal on abscessed tooth hurt?

Could getting root canal on abscessed tooth hurt?

Should not: To the contrary, the root canal should relieve the pain! Proper anesthesia should prevent pain during the procedure! ...Read more

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Should I take amoxicillin for an abscessed tooth?

Should I take amoxicillin for an abscessed tooth?

You can: If you are not allergic to penicillin then Amoxicillin is a good choice. However, that it not the definitive treatment. You still have to have the underlying problem treated. ...Read more

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Dr. Bruce Weisbrot
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Abscessed Tooth (Definition)

When the pulp becomes infected, the toxic products filter thru the opening at the end of the root. Your immune system responds by forming inflammatory tissue at the expense of bone. This tissue then can fill w/ ...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