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What is the best brand of antibiotic for dental pain?

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Dr. Zahid Ahmed
Dentistry
6 doctors agree

In brief: Need painkiller

Antibiotics treat an infection, not pain.
If you are looking for a medication to treat dental pain, the most common and preferred drug is ibuprofen, if it is safe for you to take. Otherwise you may try tylenol (acetaminophen). If over the counter pain medications dont work, see a dentist for the proper pain medication and an evaluation to identify the cause. The best way to eliminate pain is to treat the problem.

In brief: Need painkiller

Antibiotics treat an infection, not pain.
If you are looking for a medication to treat dental pain, the most common and preferred drug is ibuprofen, if it is safe for you to take. Otherwise you may try tylenol (acetaminophen). If over the counter pain medications dont work, see a dentist for the proper pain medication and an evaluation to identify the cause. The best way to eliminate pain is to treat the problem.
Dr. Zahid Ahmed
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Dr. Randolph Todd
Dentistry - Endodontics
3 doctors agree

In brief: None directly

Although many infections my cause aches and pains, antibiotics do not directly treat pain.
Instead they are used in concert with pain relieving medications. Aches and pains from infections may be a byproduct of fever. Medications such as advil, tylenol (acetaminophen) or Aspirin are frequently used to control fever, aches and pains. Consult your doctor which would be best for your condition.

In brief: None directly

Although many infections my cause aches and pains, antibiotics do not directly treat pain.
Instead they are used in concert with pain relieving medications. Aches and pains from infections may be a byproduct of fever. Medications such as advil, tylenol (acetaminophen) or Aspirin are frequently used to control fever, aches and pains. Consult your doctor which would be best for your condition.
Dr. Randolph Todd
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Dr. Bruce Terry
Dentistry - Endodontics
3 doctors agree

In brief: None

Antibiotic are for infection and indirectly for pain.
Each antibiotic targets different types of bacteria. Broad spectrum antibiotics like pennicillin or Amoxicillin are considered first line drugs. Cleocin (clindamycin phosphate) and other are more specific. If the antiobiotic works then there is less swelling and pain. If the tooth is inflammed and not infected, antibiotics won't help.

In brief: None

Antibiotic are for infection and indirectly for pain.
Each antibiotic targets different types of bacteria. Broad spectrum antibiotics like pennicillin or Amoxicillin are considered first line drugs. Cleocin (clindamycin phosphate) and other are more specific. If the antiobiotic works then there is less swelling and pain. If the tooth is inflammed and not infected, antibiotics won't help.
Dr. Bruce Terry
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Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry
3 doctors agree

In brief: None, confused

Antibiotics are not prescribed for pain! please do not self prescribe any medications for yourself.
If you have any dental or medical problem, see the appropriate health care provider.

In brief: None, confused

Antibiotics are not prescribed for pain! please do not self prescribe any medications for yourself.
If you have any dental or medical problem, see the appropriate health care provider.
Dr. Gary Sandler
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Dr. Robert Tupac
Dentistry - Prosthodontics
2 doctors agree

In brief: None

Antibiotics are for infection, not pain--for dental pain, the best over the counter medications are ibuprophen and tylenol (acetaminophen).

In brief: None

Antibiotics are for infection, not pain--for dental pain, the best over the counter medications are ibuprophen and tylenol (acetaminophen).
Dr. Robert Tupac
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Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Treat cause

For dental pain, best solution is examination by dentist to determine cause of pain.
Then treatment. Antibiotics will be prescribed to treat infection if present. Then treat cause of infection. Most common antibiotic used - penicillin. Then clindamycin of penicillin allergic.

In brief: Treat cause

For dental pain, best solution is examination by dentist to determine cause of pain.
Then treatment. Antibiotics will be prescribed to treat infection if present. Then treat cause of infection. Most common antibiotic used - penicillin. Then clindamycin of penicillin allergic.
Dr. Louis Gallia
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Dr. Kim Capehart
Dentistry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Penicillin 1st Line

The preferred and first line of antibiotic choice for dental infection is penicillin.
If you allergic to penicillin, then Clindamycin is usually the next choice.

In brief: Penicillin 1st Line

The preferred and first line of antibiotic choice for dental infection is penicillin.
If you allergic to penicillin, then Clindamycin is usually the next choice.
Dr. Kim Capehart
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1 doctor agrees

In brief: Antibiotic./Dental

First, brand implies a specific company's medication.
Most antibiotics are generics. That said, the preferred medication for dental pain is penicilllin vk or some derivitive and most dentist will use Amoxicillin since it doesn't have to be taken as often. For those allergic to penicicillins, we use Clindamycin or cephlaxin. The doseage of any of these would depend on severity of problems.

In brief: Antibiotic./Dental

First, brand implies a specific company's medication.
Most antibiotics are generics. That said, the preferred medication for dental pain is penicilllin vk or some derivitive and most dentist will use Amoxicillin since it doesn't have to be taken as often. For those allergic to penicicillins, we use Clindamycin or cephlaxin. The doseage of any of these would depend on severity of problems.
Dr. James Goodpaster
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