It is vital to see your dentist if you develop an abscess in your tooth or surrounding gum tissue. If a tooth breaks or dental infection has reached the pulp (central part) of the tooth, a root canal may be necessary. If infection is present, the dentist will start the patient on an antibiotic regimen before any treatment begins.
Below are five reasons to start this antibiotic treatment as soon as possible.
It is imperative to contact your dentist within two days of starting antibiotic treatment if pain and gum swelling have not started to subside. It is also important to continue taking the medication prescribed until it is gone, even if the pain and swelling subsides.
Your dentist may or may not perform the necessary root canal therapy. Usually, the dentist will contact an endodontist (a dentist who specializes in root canals) and will forward x-rays and chart notes.
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