Can penicillin treat a tooth abscess?

It will help.. .. control the infection, but it does not solve your problem. You still need to see a dentist to address the cause of the abscess, otherwise it will return.
No. Antibiotics are giving to limit the spread of infection until the damaged tooth can be repaired or removed. Pills alone will not "cure" an abscess.
Penicillin is good. if you have a dental abscess or swollen infected tissue. It will take a day or so to work it may stop the pain for a day or up to a week, but unless you get a dental treatment the problem will keep reoccurring, sometimes each time worst than the first. Remember, tooth abscess will not go away on its own and dental treatment is a must.

Related Questions

Large tooth abscess, on penicillin just 3 days and it just started draining on its own. Whats best way to keep it draining till I can get to the denti?

Stay with antibiotic. ... and try to get to your dentist ASAP, not when it blows up again. You can't stay on antibiotics for very long. Read more...
Tooth abcess. It is important that you see your dentist ASAP. The drainage and the penicillin will not cure you infection. You need to have this treated by a dentist. Warm salt water rinse will encourage drainage but is no substitute for dental care. Follow the directions that your dentist gave you when they prescribed the antibiotic. Read more...
Abscess. Antibiotics and drainage will control, not cure, an abscess. Do NOT discontinue antibiotics prematurely. Get to Dentist ASAP for definitive treatment as soon as possible. Read more...

I've been on penicillin for 3days now 4x a day for tooth abscess I'm starting to feel better does this mean the infection is under control?

Probably for now... It usually takes 12 to 72 hours for an antibiotic to knock an infection down enough to provide relief. If the underlying cause of the infection is not addressed, pain and infection can return after antibiotic treatment is completed. Therefore, it is important to see a dentist to determine if the underlying cause of the infection can be eliminated. Read more...
Controlled yes. Your dental abcess is controlled for now. It is not cured. You still need to treat the tooth, the source of the infection or it will return. Follow up with your dentist and get the tooth treated. Read more...
Infection. No! the infection is merely in check. The only way for it to be irradicated is by root canal therapy or extraction of the tooth. Read more...
NO. This means the infection is lessening but not gone. You must follow-through and get the treatment required to address the cause. Otherwise it will again worsen and you always run the risk of losing the tooth. Be wise and get the treatment needed. Good Luck. Read more...
See a dentist ASAP. If you rely on antibiotics or other not a definitive treatment, the tooth infection always will come back. Dentist/oral surgeon will treat a tooth infection by treating the cause and getting rid of the infection. Do not delay. See your oral surgeon ASAP. Good luck. Read more...

I was on 10 day regimen of penicillin for a tooth abscess. The dentist filled my tooth then pain seriously worsened. Now im taking clindamycin and starting fourth day. Still in severe pain.?

Root canal? Did you get a filling or root canal? Sounds like you need a root canal perhaps. If a root canal was done sometimes after a root canal if the tooth was badly infected it takes few days for pain to go away. If you get swelling must see dentist right away. Sorry you are hurting... Read more...
Abcess. If you had an abcessed tooth, then a filling is not the right treatment. The abcessed tooth would require a root canal treatment. If you had a root canal treatment , then possibly the new antibiotic needs to work. Sometimes adding a steroid can help. You may consult with an emdodontist, or root canal specialist, for a second opinion. Also make sure another tooth nearby isn't the culprit. Read more...
Pain following rct. Tooth may need the bite adjusted or additional root canal treatment done let your dentist know the pain your having. Read more...
Not a cure. Antibiotics can be bacteriocidal or bacteriostatic: that is kill the bugs or knock them down. It sounds to me as you had a tooth infection which was draining through the tooth itself. By permanently filling the tooth, an avenue for pus and inflammatory products cannot escape and pain will dramatically increase. Diagnosis and treatment plan all important. Root canal, antibiotics and temp filling. Read more...
Reevaluation. What you describe is an unusual situation. Your tooth situation needs to be reevaluated by your dentist or another dentist. Take this step today to prevent potential complications. Read more...

I have a tooth abscess and I'm on penicillin vk and taking OTC pain meds. Today I started itching all over. Could this be due to the penicillin vk?

Yes. Stop taking the penicillin and call your doctor. You may have an allergy to penicillin. The allergic reaction could get worse, even serious. Read more...
May be allergic. The itching could be due to an allergic reaction - from the penicillin, the pain medication, or environmental. It is best to take benadryl (diphenhydramine) and discontinue the penicillin as that is the most likely allergen. Read more...
Stop taking pen VK. and get emergency help immediately if you get swelling around the face or breathing difficulties. Read more...

If allergic to penicillan can I take keflex for a tooth abscess?

Keflex. Keflex is a cephalosporin antibiotic and is not normally prescribed for dental infections. Since an antibiotic will not resolve your dental issues, your best bet is to see a local dentist and have the tooth evaluated. Read more...
Penicillin Allergy. If you are allergic to Penicillin there is a 10% chance you will be allergic to Keflex. I often use this antibiotic as an alternative to Penicillin. However this needs to be discussed with the doctor who knows your complete medical history and is personally treating you! Read more...
Keflex . is an excellent antibiotic but there's a one in ten chance that you are also allergic to it. Your dentist will decide the appropriate medication. In the meanwhile you should have the tooth treated to eliminate the source of infection as no antibiotic will cure it. Read more...
Alternative? Depends on the type of allergy. If the history is consistent with an immune mechanism, then an alternative should be used if available. Then, once improved, an Allergist can perform penicillin skin testing to see if the allergy is still present so that in the future, if it is not, options will not be limited. The test takes 40 minutes and most patients are found to no longer have allergy. Read more...
Don't self medicate. Antibiotics do not cure Dentel abscesses. Meds reduce severity and spread of infection, but specific Dental Treatment (root canal/crown or extraction/implant/crown) required for "cure." If tooth not properly treated infection will come roaring back when meds discontinued. Inform Dentist of your Penicillin allergy. Numerous appropriate alternatives are available. Read more...

Can you treat more than one tooth abscess at a time?

Sure you can. But it really depends on the details. Discuss this with your dentist. Read more...
Depends on cause. Abcessed teeth may require root canal treatment or extractions if they cannot be saved with root canal therapy. Multiple root canals and extractions can be performed if that is the recommended treatment by your dentist. If you can not get to your dentist right away, you should be on an antibiotic. Read more...
Certainly. In fact, it is best to treat all at once when possible. This helps get rid of the infection going into your entire system. Go for it ! Read more...

How can I treat the pain of tooth abscess/ infection?

Get help. Nothing short of treating the tooth with root canal treatment/crown or extraction/implant/crown will resolve your problem. Antibiotics to control spread of infection and analgesics to modify pain will temporarily be moderately effective until you can have active dental treatment. Call dentist now...This isn't a diy project. Read more...
See a dentist ASAP. If you have a toothache, you may have a cavity, wisdom teeth or advanced gum disease or tooth abscess. A tooth pain won't go away without treatment and the infection may spread to your jaw, cheeks, sinus and to other areas of your head and neck. You can use NSAID OTC or Tylenol (acetaminophen) for pain control. See a dentist ASAP for assessment. Read more...

Had severe tooth abscess 3 months ago, was treated w/ root canal and was fine and now that tooth is painful again. Did the abscess return?

Maybe. You can get the answer by going back to the dentist that did the root canal. They are over 90% effective... But sometime further treatment may need to be done... The root may need re-treatment... Maybe an antibiotic would work or a retro fill will work.. Talk with your dentist who can see an x-ray a determine the best course of action.. Read more...
Not impossible. Should get checked by your dentist, and between exam and x-ray, should be able to determine if reaccumulation / recurrence has happened. Read more...
Possible. A root canal removed bacteria that is causing the sensitivity or pain in your jaw and tooth. Dealing with bacteria can be a difficult chore for anyone so it is possible that a root canal went bad and another infection or it is also possible you have a crack in your tooth or if you did not receive definitive treatment such as a crown, you have a leak causing an infection. Get evaluated. Read more...

Hello, I have an approximately 8 year old tooth abscess that has not been treated. Should I go to the dentist first, or to the ER?

Dentist first. So long you don't have symptoms that can wait until you see your dentist, good luck . Read more...
You decide. You state you have lived with it for 8 years & not tended to it. The ER is full of acute trauma victims, heart attacks, gunshot wounds and the like. If you do go, expect to be sent to the waiting for hours while anyone with an urgent need is seen before you.Patients are seen in order of need, not based on time of arrival. Read more...
Abscess. An abscess is a virulent infection that can easily overcome the body's defense mechanisms. It requires immediate Dental treatment. Dentist can provide immediate treatment or appropriate referral. Unless ER has Dental Staff, they can only medicate you and refer you to a Dentist. Read more...