If the infection is severe or has spread, or if the abscess cannot be drained, antibiotics will be prescribed to help bring the infection under control.
Antibiotics commonly prescribed for dental abscesses include: Penicillin.
Amoxicillin, alone or in combination with clavulanate.
What happens if an abscess pops inside your mouth?
At first, the abscess may cause a toothache, which can be severe. The tooth’s nerve can become infected and the infection can burrow through to the gum, forming a visible boil that can rupture in the mouth. Once the abscess ruptures, the pain often decreases significantly, but dental treatment is still necessary.
How long should I take amoxicillin for tooth infection?
Typical dosages of amoxicillin for a tooth infection are either 500 milligrams (mg) every 8 hours or 1,000 mg every 12 hours. Typical dosages of amoxicillin with clavulanic acid are around 500–2,000 mg every 8 hours or 2,000 mg every 12 hours, depending on the minimum effective dosage.
Will antibiotics help tooth pain?
The recommended treatment for these forms of toothache is removal of the dead nerve and associated bacteria. Use of antibiotics contributes to the development of antibiotic‐resistant bacteria. It is therefore important that antibiotics are only used when they are likely to result in benefit for the patient.
Can you extract a tooth with an abscess?
For the most part, an abscessed tooth can be managed by a general dentist whether it is to clear an infection, perform the root canal procedure or extract the tooth if needed. Another dental specialist, an oral surgeon, can also treat an abscess and extract the tooth if tooth loss is inevitable.