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I have an infection from a bad tooth, a lot

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I have an infection from a bad tooth, a lot of facial swelling, haven't seen a dentist yet, my Dr. put me on a 10 day course of Ceftin antibiotics. How long does it take to lessen the facial swelling? XXXXXXX
Posted Tue, 21 Nov 2017 in Dental Health
 
 
Answered by Dr. Honey Arora 21 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Looks like an abscess, can take around a week, consult a Dentist

Detailed Answer:
Hi.
Thanks for the query..

Infection from a bad tooth can lead to pus formation below the root tips of the tooth.
This is called a Dental Abscess.
The swelling is most commonly due to abscess.

As you are already taking antibiotic, it can take around a week for swelling to reduce.
But complete resolution needs treatment of the tooth..

Consult a Dentist and get evaluated.
An x ray of the tooth can be done.

It will help in deciding whether tooth can be saved or needs removal.

Also please tell that since how many days are you taking antibiotic?
-Are you advised any painkillers?
-Is there any reduction in swelling?
-Which tooth is it, upper or lower, front or back tooth?
-Is mouth opening fine or is reduced?

Please revert back with answers..

Regards..
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Follow-up: I have an infection from a bad tooth, a lot 30 minutes later
I started the antibiotic course only one day ago,Im on day two I was given 600mg Ibuprophen for pain.. Mouth opening is slightly reduced due to swelling.I have contacted the dentist for an evaluation. The tooth causing the infection is upper in the middle.
 
 
Answered by Dr. Honey Arora 5 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Continue Medicine, get an x ray done.

Detailed Answer:
Hi..
You should continue with the medication, it is appropriate.
Also do cool compresses over the swelling.

Meanwhile get an x ray of the tooth done.

Regards..
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Follow-up: I have an infection from a bad tooth, a lot 47 minutes later
Thank you for your input Dr.
 
 
Answered by Dr. Honey Arora 2 hours later
Brief Answer:
You are welcome.

Detailed Answer:
Hi..
You are welcome..
Please let me know the progress of the treatment..

Regards.
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