Treating Tooth Infections

Dentists often use antibiotics for tooth infections because they are an effective form of treatment. Infections can be painful and cause swelling in the area of the tooth and gums where the infection exists. You should always get treatment as soon as possible. If you don’t, the infection can spread to other areas of the jaw or brain.

According to Medical News Daily, some antibiotics work better than others. Also, there may be over-the-counter pain medications that can help relieve your symptoms.

Alternatives to Antibiotics

Dentists can sometimes drain the infected area, extract the tooth or perform a root canal instead of prescribing antibiotics. However, when the infection is severe or spreading, they generally prescribe an antibiotic. They also recommend antibiotics when the patient has a weakened immune system.

WhatTypes of Antibiotics for Tooth Infections Do Dentists Prescribe?

There are numerous types of bacteria in the mouth than can cause tooth infections. For that reason, some antibiotics work better than others, depending on the type of bacteria that is causing the problem.

  • Penicillin and Amoxicillin. There are a variety of penicillin type drugs used, including penicillin and amoxicillin.
  • Clindamycin. Clindamycin is another antibiotic often used, especially since some bacteria are less resistant to it.
  • Azithromycin. This antibiotic often works well for people who are allergic to penicillin or who have bacteria that don’t respond to cindamycin.
  • Metronidazole. Metronidazole treats a number of infections but isn’t appropriate for everyone and is not usually the first choice.

Taking Antibiotics

Even though the pain and swelling may disappear after a few doses, patients should complete a full round of antibiotics (often prescribed for a week). Doing so can prevent the infection from getting stronger or from returning.

Do You Have Questions or Concerns About Dental Care?

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