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Common antibiotics used to treat an abscessed tooth include amoxicillin, penicillin, clindamycin, metronidazole and erythromycin, according to WebMD. A patient can take these antibiotics either in pill or liquid form, typically for seven to 10 days.


A tooth abscess is an infection in the tissue at the center of the tooth. It occurs when an opening caused by damage or decay in the enamel of the tooth allows bacteria to enter the tooth and begin to grow.


Common symptoms of a tooth abscess are a toothache with a throbbing or shooting pain, fever, tooth sensitivity to hot or cold drinks, bad breath and swollen neck glands. Other symptoms are inflamed gums, swollen upper or lower jaw and an open ulcerated sore in the gum.


Draining the abscess, carrying out a root canal, pulling the infected tooth and taking antibiotics are the four most common treatments for a tooth abscess, according to Mayo Clinic. The primary goal of treatment is to banish the infection from the body.


Draining the abscess is often the first step of treatment, using root canal therapy, as stated by WebMD. Next comes root surgery to clean out any diseased tissue before a crown is put into place. Extraction of the tooth permits drainage, although incision into swollen g...


Mayo Clinic explains that a tooth abscess is a bacterial infection caused by unfinished dental work or an untreated cavity and, if left untreated, can lead to life-threatening complications. OnHealth.com notes that the biggest danger of an abscess is that the infection ...


The symptoms of a tooth abscess are very painful. Many describe the pain as a sharp or severe shooting pain that is continuous, or a pain that is gnawing or throbbing in nature.