Cosmetic Dentistry Blog Cosmetic and General Dentistry Questions Answered

April 30, 2010

Should I take antibiotics for my tooth infection?

Filed under: Infected teeth — mesasmiles @ 2:04 pm

Dr. Hall,
i had a root canal about 4 years ago. then i lost my job and never had the cap or filling put in so i have been using store bought filling all this time well i let it go fwith out the filling for a few days and now i thinl i have some kind of infection. what anti biotics do i need to get rid of the infection. before i go to the dentist and get the tooth exstracted
Rich in Arizona

Don’t take any antibiotics until you see the dentist. You may or may not need antibiotics for your tooth infection.

When a tooth is extracted, that usually removes the entire source of the infection and it will just go away.

Antibiotics are very helpful, but when used excessively they will breed bacteria that are resistant to the antibiotics and so they can complicate treatment if not used properly.
Dr. Hall

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About David A. Hall

Dr. David Hall was one of the first 40 accredited cosmetic dentists in the world. He practiced cosmetic dentistry in Iowa, and in 1990 earned his accreditation with the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. He is now president of Infinity Dental Web, a company in Mesa, Arizona that does complete Internet marketing for dentists.

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