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Antibiotics for Dental Infection?

If you are suffering from a dental infection you may be wondering if antibiotics can help you. If your dental infection is bacterial then the answer is likely yes. You will need to speak with a dentist or a doctor to get your infection diagnosed and receive proper treatment, including an antibiotics prescription.

Read on for more on antibiotics for dental infections.

What Causes a Dental Infection?

Even though your tooth may be hard on the outside, the inner parts of your teeth are made of a pulp that is filled with blood vessels, connective tissue, and nerves.

These inner workings can become sensitive and painful if you acquire a cavity or other health issues such as gum disease or a cracked tooth.

Sometimes these issues lead to a dental infection. A dental infection is caused by bacteria that gets into a tooth’s root. It often causes a buildup of pus that won’t go away on its own. This is known as an abscess or a periapical abscess. If left untreated, a dental infection can become serious and spread to your jaw or other parts of your body such as your neck or your head.

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What Are Symptoms of a Dental Infection?

Some symptoms of a dental infection may include the following:

  • Sensitivity to cold or hot temperatures when eating or drinking
  • Pain or sensitivity when chewing or biting down on food.
  • Fever
  • Facial swelling
  • Throbbing at the site of infection or in the jaw, neck, or ear
  • Swollen lymph nodes near your jaw and neck
  • Foul-tasting liquid in your mouth
  • Red and painful or swollen gums

Are Antibiotics a Treatment for a Dental Infection?

Yes. Your dentist may ask you to take antibiotics, depending on the severity of your dental infection.

This will help ensure that the infection does not spread to any other teeth or parts of your body. If your infection requires antibiotics, you may need to take them for 7-10 days,t 2-4 times a day.

Your dentist will give you instructions on how to take the antibiotics. Be sure to take the whole course of antibiotics that are prescribed to you, even if you start to feel better before you are completely done with your full prescription. If you don’t take the full course of antibiotics, it is possible that some bacteria could survive, and it will make it more difficult to get rid of your infection.

What Antibiotics are Used for a Dental Infection?

A dental infection doesn’t always require antibiotics. Your dentist or doctor may be able to drain your tooth abscess or perform a root canal. Generally, antibiotics will be prescribed by your dentist if your infection has become severe, you are immune-suppressed, or your infection has spread to another part of your body.

The type of antibiotic that you take will depend on the bacteria that is causing your dental infection.

Most commonly, antibiotics like penicillin or amoxicillin are used to treat dental infections. If you are allergic to penicillin, be sure to tell your dentist to give you a different antibiotic such as erythromycin or clindamycin.

In some cases, a second antibiotic is prescribed to fight more than one type of bacteria.

Metronidazole is commonly given as a prescription in conjunction with penicillin.

To speak with a doctor and get prescribed antibiotics online, book a PlushCare appointment now. We accept all insurance and appointments are available every 15 minutes.

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