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Another course of antibiotics?

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Posted by: sherylherr  (6 years ago)
If there is an abscess and your dentist puts you on an antibiotic (in this case, 875mg of amoxicillin BID for 7 days). If all of the infection isn't gone at the conclusion of the antibiotic, should it continue to heal? Or will it get worse? Would I need another course of antibiotics?
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If there is an abscess and your dentist puts you on an antibiotic (in this case, 875mg of amoxicillin BID for 7 days). If all of the infection isn't gone at the conclusion of the antibiotic, should it continue to heal? Or will it get worse? Would I need another course of antibiotics?

You don't need more antibiotics, you need to eliminate the source of the infection by dental treatment.

I have never heard of amoxycilin only twice a day. The usual dosing to maintain blood levels is four times a day.
Posted 6 years ago
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Posted by: jenna.loza1  (6 years ago)
It only controls infection. It does not get rid of it, you have to treat the tooth by either root canal or extraction.
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Just by antibiotic treatment you can not get rid of that problem.
Posted 6 years ago
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Posted by: dental101  (4 years ago)
from what I know, there are antibiotics that can cure infections and there are also antibiotics that can control infections. I think that depending on what type of infection you have also depends on the antibiotic prescribed to you.
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from what I know, there are antibiotics that can cure infections and there are also antibiotics that can control infections. I think that depending on what type of infection you have also depends on the antibiotic prescribed to you.

The trouble is no antibiotic can enter the dead pulp in a root and kill the bacteria, since the former vaculature is now dead. The bacteria in the dead pulp will keep re-seeding the area around the end of root. Eventually the bacteria will become resistant to the antibiotic.
Posted 4 years ago
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