Tooth Infection Treatment Online

Get treated for your dental infection online by speaking to a board-certified doctor, securely from your phone or computer. Our doctors can provide you with a consultation, diagnosis, and tooth infection treatment plan, including a prescription for any necessary medication.

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Dental Infection Treatment Online

Dental Infection Treatment Online

With our same-day tooth infection treatment service, you can meet with a top online doctor, get diagnosed, and receive the treatment you need. Our doctors can determine if you have a tooth infection and what kind and may also be able to prescribe antibiotics for tooth infection as part of your treatment.

 

A tooth infection is a dental condition when the nerve of the tooth gets infected. This is referred to as an abscess, which is a pocket of pus that’s caused by a bacterial infection.

 

Note: While PlushCare does not currently have online dentists, our board-certified online doctors and primary care physicians can prescribe antibiotics for tooth infection as part of a  treatment plan.

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PlushCare has served over 415,000 patients and maintains a 97% patient satisfaction rating. Speak with a top doctor from your phone or computer and get tooth infection treatment online in 15 minutes. Our licensed doctors may also provide a prescription for antibiotics for tooth infection if necessary.

 

PlushCare only employs physicians who are graduates of the top 50 medical schools in the United States. We’re really proud of the care we offer. If we’re unable to treat you or provide care for a tooth infection, we’ll offer a full refund.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are tooth infection symptoms?

Tooth infection symptoms may include:

  • Severe, persistent, throbbing toothache that can radiate to the jawbone
  • Neck or ear pain that gets worse when you lie down
  • Sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures
  • Sensitivity to the pressure of chewing or biting
  • Fever
  • Swelling in your face, cheek, or gums
  • Tender, swollen lymph nodes under your jaw or in your neck
  • Bad breath or a foul taste in the mouth
  • Discolored or lost teeth
  • Difficulty breathing, swallowing, or opening mouth
  • Insomnia

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How are tooth infections treated?

To treat a tooth infection, a dentist will typically do one of the following: Open up and drain the abscess, perform a root canal, or pull the affected tooth. A doctor can also prescribe antibiotics to kill the infection before the tooth is dealt with by the dentist, to prevent the bacteria from spreading.

How do I get an antibiotic for a tooth infection?

You can request antibiotics for tooth infection by making a doctor’s appointment.

Here is how you can request tooth infection antibiotics online at PlushCare:

  • First, book an appointment with a PlushCare doctor through your phone or computer.
  • During your virtual appointment, discuss your tooth infection symptoms and medical history with your physician.
  • If the doctor decides that antibiotics would be an appropriate treatment for your tooth infection, then a prescription will be sent to a pharmacy for pickup, where you can get the antibiotics needed for your tooth infection treatment.

Can you get antibiotics for tooth infection over the counter?

No, you cannot get antibiotics for tooth infection over the counter. In order to get antibiotics to help treat a tooth infection, you will need to receive a prescription from a licensed doctor. 

 

PlushCare can help you get antibiotics for tooth infection. You can book a convenient virtual appointment with one of our expert online doctors and discuss your symptoms. If the physician determines that you need antibiotics to treat your tooth infection, a prescription will then be electronically sent for you to pick up at a nearby pharmacy of your choice.

What is the best natural antibiotic for tooth infection?

There are some natural remedies that have anecdotal evidence to reduce tooth pain. Some essential oils like oregano, clove and thyme may help fight the infection. Garlic also has natural antibacterial properties. That said, PlushCare recommends prescription antibiotics to treat tooth infections.

Will antibiotics kill tooth infections?

The most commonly prescribed antibiotics for tooth infection are: Penicillin, amoxicillin, clindamycin, azithromycin, metronidazole (Flagyl). You can get all of these prescribed online by a top PlushCare doctor. The antibiotics will kill the infection and reduce your pain. Book an appointment to see one of our doctors today and find out which antibiotic is best for you.

Can amoxicillin treat tooth infection?

Yes, amoxicillin can be prescribed to treat a tooth infection. A doctor can also prescribe amoxicillin for tooth pain as part of tooth infection treatment. While other antibiotics can also be used to treat a tooth infection, amoxicillin is often the most commonly prescribed.

What is an online dentist?

An online dentist is a licensed dentist who performs virtual consultations for dental health. For example, an online dentist could help diagnose dental conditions such as a tooth infection through a video call, or decide whether an in-person appointment is needed.

 

Though PlushCare does not currently offer online dentist services, our licensed doctors can prescribe antibiotics in order to treat a tooth infection.

Do you need antibiotics for a toothache?

If your pain is caused by an infection, the answer is likely yes, with follow up care by a dentist as well.

Without antibiotic treatment, an infection that starts in a tooth can travel throughout your body with potentially life-threatening consequences, such as infection of the head, neck, or brain.

What is the best antibiotic for a tooth infection?

Which antibiotic is used for a tooth infection depends on the type of bacteria causing the infection and whether you’re allergic to any antibiotics.

Common antibiotics prescribed for tooth infections include:

  • Penicillin is the most common antibiotic for tooth infections. Depending on the type of bacteria and location of the infection, penicillin alone may not be effective. It is commonly prescribed alongside another antibiotic, such as Flagyl.
  • Amoxicillin is often given to adult patients with mild tooth infections that don’t display signs of sepsis.
  • Clindamycin is usually given to penicillin allergic patients.

Remember, even if you start to feel better, you must always take the full course of antibiotic prescribed to you. Despite improved symptoms, failing to take all of your antibiotics could allow for the development of antibiotic resistance and the reemergence of a much worse infection.

Book an appointment to see which antibiotic is right for you.

Why should you treat a bacterial tooth infection with antibiotics?

Any infection that is in your head or neck, such as a tooth infection, should be taken very seriously. This is because the infection may spread to your brain–a potentially life threatening condition.

Bacterial infections are unlikely to go away on their own. Most oral bacterial infections need antibiotic treatment to fight off the infection. Without antibiotics for a tooth infection, you risk allowing the infection to spread.

How long should I take antibiotics for a tooth infection?

Typically, antibiotics for a tooth infection are prescribed for one week. Some people may be prescribed a course of antibiotics for longer than a week depending on the severity, type, and location of the infection. Always follow your doctor’s exact instructions when taking antibiotics.

Patients with weakened immune systems are particularly at risk for spreading of orofacial infections, so antibiotic treatment is highly recommended. Depending on your dosage you may take your antibiotics 2 to 4 times a day.

If you run out of antibiotics and still have a tooth infection, see your doctor or dentist again for follow up care and a prescription refill.

When can I skip antibiotics for a tooth infection?

In some cases, antibiotics may not be necessary. There are three common situations where this applies:

  • The infected tooth is completely removed
  • A root canal is performed on the infected tooth
  • You have an abscess that your dentist is able to drain completely

Some folks look for antibiotics for tooth infections over the counter. However, antibiotics cannot be taken without a doctor’s prescription. If you believe you have a tooth infection, make an appointment today.

What causes tooth infection?

There are many potential causes of tooth infections. The 3 most common causes of tooth infections are:

  • Tooth Decay
  • Dental work
  • Injuries

Plaque formation plays a very important role in the development of dental cavities and tooth infection. Plaque is a collection of bacteria that sticks to the surface of the tooth.

Oral hygiene, diet, and genetic predisposition are also risk factors of tooth infection.

If you have a tooth that is decaying or an untreated cavity and you are experiencing pain, you may have an infection and should seek treatment.

Additionally, if you have recently had dental work or an injury to the mouth and are experiencing tooth pain, it’s likely you have a tooth infection and require treatment.

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    DR. Allan Marks has helped my daughter two times and we cannot recommend them enough. My daughter has ADHD and can't wait in a waiting room forever. This was the fastest and easiest way to get my daughter diagnosed and pick up a script. One time we used this service when no other doctor was open. Plush care was available! My daughter didn't have to even leave the house in 6 degree weather (would have made her MORE SICK). She had severe sinus infection and Dr. was not only clear and nice but looked up holiday pharmacy hours ahead of time to make sure I could pick up the script in time! AWESOME! 2nd time went just as smooth. Thank you!

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    Alpharetta, GA

    Wow. Wow. Wow. This is so easy and quick. I had a cold virus that turned into a sinus infection. I pulled over on my way to a meeting to video chat w a doctor. He was attentive, kind, and efficient. After a few questions, he diagnosed my ailment. The call took less than 10 mins. Prescription was at the pharmacy later that day. I will be a client for a long time. Thank you.

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    I never review Apps, but this has been the quickest and most convenient doctor experience(s) I’ve ever had. It cost me no more than what I would have paid to visit an office. I’ve had two appointments and one was done in the comfort of my own living room and the second on my break at work. As a full time worker, full time student, and full time mom, the convenience cannot be beat. I met with Dr. Saremi who is very personable and kind. He immediately resolved my reasons for calling during both appointments. He was competent and trustworthy and valued my time. Can’t recommend this enough.