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Just finished antibiotics for my tooth abscess, but I am continuing to have pain and swelling. Is it still infected?

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Dr. Daniel Quon
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
3 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

The infection is still present.
You may need to have a different antibiotic prescribed if more definitive treatment, i.e., root canal therapy if indicated, removal of the tooth and/or incision and drainage of the abscess if the tooth is non-restorable and drainage is not established through the extraction site.

In brief: Yes

The infection is still present.
You may need to have a different antibiotic prescribed if more definitive treatment, i.e., root canal therapy if indicated, removal of the tooth and/or incision and drainage of the abscess if the tooth is non-restorable and drainage is not established through the extraction site.
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Dr. Robert Fong
Dentistry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Most likely

Not all abscesses are the same.
If you are not responding to the medication, your doctor may have to try a different one. Unfortunately, there are many drug resistant bacteria and finding the right medication is a process. Understand that medication alone is not going to solve your problem. Make sure you also have the appropriate dental treatment completed.

In brief: Most likely

Not all abscesses are the same.
If you are not responding to the medication, your doctor may have to try a different one. Unfortunately, there are many drug resistant bacteria and finding the right medication is a process. Understand that medication alone is not going to solve your problem. Make sure you also have the appropriate dental treatment completed.
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Dr. Jenny Sung
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Likely

The abscess might need to be cleaned out by the dentist.

In brief: Likely

The abscess might need to be cleaned out by the dentist.
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