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Is 500 mg of amoxicyline 4 x day for 7 days enough to kill a dental abscess?
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Dr. SCOTT HARWOOD
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
2 doctors agree
In brief: Yes and No
Just taking an antibiotic without treating the cause of the dental abscess is often not sufficient.
The antibiotic may bring the infection under control but the underlying cause should be addressed and treated or the infection will return.

In brief: Yes and No
Just taking an antibiotic without treating the cause of the dental abscess is often not sufficient.
The antibiotic may bring the infection under control but the underlying cause should be addressed and treated or the infection will return.
Dr. SCOTT HARWOOD
Dr. SCOTT HARWOOD
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Dr. Martin Raff
In addition to Dr. Harwood's accurate response, abscesses often need incision and drainage for full resolution, and osteomyelitis of the maxilla or mandible may also occur and require debridement.
Dr. Martin Raff
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Maybe
Abscesses usually need to be drained before they will respond in a predictable fashion to antibiotics.
Sometimes Amoxicillin will help the abscess to drain spontaneously, but if not your dentist is the person to see.

In brief: Maybe
Abscesses usually need to be drained before they will respond in a predictable fashion to antibiotics.
Sometimes Amoxicillin will help the abscess to drain spontaneously, but if not your dentist is the person to see.
Dr. Martin Raff
Dr. Martin Raff
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