Antibiotics and Tooth Pain

Antibiotics and Tooth Pain

If the dental infection is serious or affects the gum around an erupting tooth, our dentist may advise you to take antibiotics. Pericoronitis, for example, is an infection in the gum tissue that can develop around impacted wisdom teeth. Antibiotics may be prescribed to patients with this illness as part of their treatment.

Furthermore, if our dentist at Family Smiles Fort Lee in Fort Lee, NJ observes evidence of a dental abscess, a tooth infection that can develop from an untreated cavity, antibiotics may be prescribed.

Causes of Toothaches

When germs eat away at the surface of a tooth, creating a cavity, the inner chamber of the tooth becomes exposed. This inner chamber houses the nerves that provide sensation to your teeth. When bacteria enter this chamber, it can cause pain and lead to more serious dental issues that may necessitate antibiotic therapy. There are numerous causes of toothache, including cavities, irritated pulp tissue, and dental abscesses. 

When Should You Take Antibiotics for a Tooth Infection?

Antibiotics are normally only prescribed by dentists for tooth infections. However, not all diseased teeth necessitate the use of antibiotics. In other circumstances, a dentist may be able to simply drain the affected region, extract the infected tooth, or perform a root canal to resolve the problem. They often avoid recommending antibiotics unless essential, such as when the infection is serious or spreading, or if the patient has a weakened immune system.

Which Medications Are Most Effective for Treating a Tooth Infection?

Antibiotics are typically used when:

  • Your infection is serious.
  • Your infection has spread,
  • you have a weaker immune system.

The type of antibiotic required is determined by the type of bacteria causing the infection. Different antibiotic classes fight germs in different ways. Your dentist will want to prescribe an antibiotic that will properly treat your infection.

Penicillin-class antibiotics, such as penicillin and amoxicillin, are most typically used to treat tooth infections. For certain forms of bacterial infections, an antibiotic called metronidazole may be prescribed. 

Although penicillin medicines are often used to treat tooth infections, many people are allergic to them. Make sure our dentist is aware of any previous allergic reactions to drugs. If you are allergic to penicillin, our dentist may prescribe another antibiotic, such as clindamycin or erythromycin.

At Family Smiles Fort Lee, we provide a variety of toothache treatment options. Visit us at 810 Abbott BLVD Suite 302, Fort Lee, NJ 07024, or call (201) 224-2705 to learn more and book an appointment.

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