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I have an abscessed tooth been taking antibiotics. Now I have severe pain in the back of my mouth and jaw pain with swelling. What could be wrong?

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Dr. Bruce Pope
Dentistry
5 doctors agree

In brief: Antibiotics

Antibiotics are a temporary measure, not a cure.
Bacteria react differently to different antibiotics. Repeated use without definitive treatment, is asking for trouble as the bacteria become resistant. You need definitive treatment. You need to see a dentist asap. In the mean time you may need to go to urgent care or an emergency room for more temporary treatment until you can get to a dentist.

In brief: Antibiotics

Antibiotics are a temporary measure, not a cure.
Bacteria react differently to different antibiotics. Repeated use without definitive treatment, is asking for trouble as the bacteria become resistant. You need definitive treatment. You need to see a dentist asap. In the mean time you may need to go to urgent care or an emergency room for more temporary treatment until you can get to a dentist.
Dr. Bruce Pope
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Dr. John Scuba
Antibiotics (especially self administered) as temporary measures "groom" resistant bacteria and are unwise and dangerous. Sadly, it's common but unwise dental practice to "give antibiotics for 7-10 days" before (any) treatment. Abscessed teeth need: 1) root canal, or 2) extraction. Finally, abscessed teeth are neither urgent care nor ER issues, but for those with training: ie, dentist/oral surgeon
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In brief: First things First..

Did your dentist prescribe the antibiotics for this infection? If so, it may need to be changed, or the affected tooth may need to be attended to immediately.
If you've taken an antibiotic on your own without seeking the help of a dentist... Stop. Antibiotics do not resolve dental problems, they manage the symptoms so that the teeth can be treated. Either way you need to call a dentist.

In brief: First things First..

Did your dentist prescribe the antibiotics for this infection? If so, it may need to be changed, or the affected tooth may need to be attended to immediately.
If you've taken an antibiotic on your own without seeking the help of a dentist... Stop. Antibiotics do not resolve dental problems, they manage the symptoms so that the teeth can be treated. Either way you need to call a dentist.
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
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In brief: Infection in tooth

Antibiotics can decrease the infection but you need to remedy the cause of the infection.
This is by either root canal therapy or extraction.

In brief: Infection in tooth

Antibiotics can decrease the infection but you need to remedy the cause of the infection.
This is by either root canal therapy or extraction.
Dr. Richard Bernstein
Dr. Richard Bernstein
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