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Wisdom teeth removed, infection, swelling, pus. Rinsing with warm salt water. Can I cure this without antibiotics?

Hi I am 33 yrs old. I have had my upper right wisdom teeth and both lower right and lower left wisdom teeth extracted. I had them removed two months ago. Since then, it has been a very slow healing , I m sure due to my age. A month ago, I had an infection in the hole where my lower left wisdom tooth was extracted. My oral surgeon drained the pus and I was prescribed antibiotics. I now seem to have the same type of infection as I did before. Since I had a terrible experience with my oral surgeon, I recently called my dentist and told him my symptoms. He said to rinse with warm salt water. The pus has drained but I m still experiencing a lot of pain in my cheek. In addition, I think I might be pregnant. (It s still too early to take a pregnancy test). I would like to avoid antibiotics as much as possible. What are my options?
Asked On : Tue, 5 Jun 2012
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Thanks for writing to us.
Since there is a hole with actively draining pus, an infection is present. For proper treatment, you need to have antibiotics to control the infection well. Also, you can rinse your mouth with chlorhexidine mouth wash to avoid the spread of infection.
I hope this information has been both informative and helpful for you.
Dr. Praveen Tayal
Answered: Tue, 5 Jun 2012
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