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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 moreSee 4 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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