Taking Antibiotic for Tooth Infection

By Max Arocha DMD
December 06, 2011
Category: Uncategorized

ANSWER: An untreated cavity is a common cause of tooth infection. As the cavity erodes the enamel, it works its way into the nerve center of the tooth. Once the nerve becomes infected, a root canal treatment is the only way to remove the infected nerve and save the tooth.

Infections inside the teeth do not respond to antibiotic treatment! Nerve inflammation caused by the infection restricts the tooth's blood supply, so antibiotics can't easily reach the infected area. When ignored, the infection spreads to the surrounding jawbone and can then travel to other parts of the body. This can overtax your immune system and can be potentially life-threating. Routine 6-month exams can help prevent dental infections from happening in the first place!


Cipro cured my tooth ache
By Marty
July 30, 2012
I had a crown put on this tooth 7 months ago with no root canal done. Yesterday the pain was a 10 on a 10 scale after I ate a sandwich with pickles. Before I went to sleep, I packed the area around the tooth with Cipro and left it there for 8 hours, when I got up in the morning the pain was gone. Can you tell me what happened to my tooth because it feels like, a one half of one, on a ten scale now? I would appreciate your opinion on what is happening with this tooth. Thank You in advance. Marty
Antibiotic inside the root canal as a preventive
By Marty
July 30, 2012
Why will doctors not put a small amount of antibiotic in the root canal before they close the canal up to keep it as bacteria free as possible. Has anyone ever done this in the past? Thanks for your opinion ahead of time.
By Kirsty Base
July 25, 2018
Great question and I wish someone who is in the know would answer this one????
By Bob
October 25, 2018
Just got back from my dental emergency appointment. Tooth nerve infected. Root canal treatment has to be done. And yes my doctor put antibiotic before she close the canal. Nerves are gone, no more pain, nest step root canal!
tooth ache
By qulex january262019
January 26, 2019
I had root canal done and had a crown put 15months ago.Before 1or 2weeks i started feeling pain in that teeth.I went to my dentist and as prescribed i took pain killers and my pain was gone. But after 4or5days the root of my root canal done teeth got swollowen and my jaw started to pain. Please for god's shake recommend me something. I am very worried about that pain affecting my jaw too.pleaseeeee

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