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Dr. Andrew Rynne
Dr. Andrew Rynne

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Exp 50 years

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How can severe toothache be treated?

My husband is on day 6 on antibiotics for an infection at the root of a tooth. Today his pain has increased to an intolerable level and his face is swollen, temp is 99.2. It s 10:45 p.m., so can t call his regular dentist. I m trying to decide if he go to the ER or wait till tomorrow.
Thu, 1 Feb 2018
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Hello and Welcome to HCM, inhabe gone through your query.

The history suggests that your husband’s tooth is infected with a periapical lesion (most probably). As you said he took antibiotics for 6days now. I dont think he needs to take them anymore.

I would suggest you to make an appointment with the nearest dentist, as the tooth will more likely undergo Root Canal Treatment.

The dentist will take an X-Ray of the involved tooth and will accordingly come to conclusion as if it might need a RCT or Extraction.

Meanwhile take analgesic medicine only to relieve the pain and not antibiotics as he has completed that course.
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