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My dentist has pulled my abscessed tooth. Do I need totake antibiotics?
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Dr. Stanley Lin
Dentistry
3 doctors agree
In brief: Ask your dentist
Every situation / patient is different, so you may need to ask your dentist.
Depending on the size of the infection and the condition of the tooth your dentist will determine if antibiotics are needed. In some cases, antibiotics are used prior to the extraction to reduce the infection because sometimes it is more difficult to get numb with an infection.

In brief: Ask your dentist
Every situation / patient is different, so you may need to ask your dentist.
Depending on the size of the infection and the condition of the tooth your dentist will determine if antibiotics are needed. In some cases, antibiotics are used prior to the extraction to reduce the infection because sometimes it is more difficult to get numb with an infection.
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Dr. Stanley Lin
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Dr. Howard Schneider
Dentistry - Pediatric
1 doctor agrees
In brief: That depends
That depends on how big the abscess is.
Removing the tooth eliminates the source of the infection. If the abscess was confined just to the area under the tooth than no antibiotic is usually needed. If the abscess was deep and/or large then an antibiotic will help the body eliminate the remaining infection more effectively. The dentist who treated you should be able to offer you guidance.

In brief: That depends
That depends on how big the abscess is.
Removing the tooth eliminates the source of the infection. If the abscess was confined just to the area under the tooth than no antibiotic is usually needed. If the abscess was deep and/or large then an antibiotic will help the body eliminate the remaining infection more effectively. The dentist who treated you should be able to offer you guidance.
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Dr. Robert Tupac
Dentistry - Prosthodontics
In brief: Not necessarily
Having the tooth pulled removes the source of the infection and usually allows your body to heal the rest.

In brief: Not necessarily
Having the tooth pulled removes the source of the infection and usually allows your body to heal the rest.
Dr. Robert Tupac
Dr. Robert Tupac
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Dr. Luis Villaplana
Internal Medicine
In brief: Yes
Yes, unless you already finished them.

In brief: Yes
Yes, unless you already finished them.
Dr. Luis Villaplana
Dr. Luis Villaplana
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