Antibiotics kill bacteria and are used to
fight many types of infections. Antibiotics for an
abscessed tooth are given in pill (oral) form, usually
for a 7- to 10-day period.
Why It Is Used
A bacterial infection that causes an
abscessed tooth must be treated to kill or prevent the further growth of
bacteria, because a continuing bacterial infection may cause more serious
disease, such as
cellulitis. Antibiotics are used along with other
treatment, which may include opening the
root canal to drain the source of the abscess, lancing
a swelling (gumboil) next to the tooth, or removing the tooth
How Well It Works
Antibiotic treatment of an abscessed
tooth, when used along with either a root canal treatment or extraction, is
effective at stopping a bacterial infection in the jaw.
antibiotic is not effective at killing the bacteria, or if you do not take
the antibiotic for a long enough period of time, the bacterial infection may
Serious but rare side effects of
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