If you're experiencing a toothache, you may be wondering whether antibiotics are necessary.
For many the first stop when a toothache strikes is the GP for a script for antibiotics, but for many toothaches antibiotics will do very little to treat what is causing the toothache and the pain will continue.
If the antibiotics work, you will still need to treat the underlying problem or the toothache will come back in a few days, weeks or months.
I have a toothache! Do I need antibiotics?
If you're experiencing a toothache, it's important to seek prompt dental care to address the underlying issue.
One question that often arises is whether antibiotics are necessary to treat a toothache.
We'll explore the use of antibiotics for toothaches and when they may be recommended.
Toothaches can be caused by a variety of factors, including decay, gum disease, injury, or infection.
When an infection is the cause of the toothache, antibiotics may be necessary to clear up the infection and prevent it from spreading to other parts of the body.
However, not all toothaches are caused by infections, and antibiotics are not always the best solution.
It's important to note that antibiotics do not provide immediate pain relief for toothaches.
In fact, overuse of antibiotics can lead to antibiotic resistance, which can make it more difficult to treat infections in the future.
Why should we minimise the use of Antibiotics?
Antibiotics are an important group of medications used to treat infections.
Overuse of antibiotics can cause bacteria to become resistant to Antibiotics, this means that the infection is more difficult to treat.
The medications that would normally be used to treat an infection then can no longer be used for the same infection.
This is called Antibiotic Resistance
This has been caused by taking Antibiotics when they are not appropriate or taking them incorrectly and allowing bacteria to develop this resistance over time.
When it comes to dental problems many patients will attend their GP to get a script for antibiotics especially for toothache. However the right advice would be to see your dentist.
What is the first step?
1. Call us on 3378 0033 to arrange an emergency dental appointment 2. One of our dentist's can assess your tooth and determine the underlying cause of the toothache 3. Dental treatment can often be started straight away to provide pain relief NOW! 4. If antibiotics are required we can prescribe these for you - no need to visit the GP
Don't put up with a toothache contact us straight away and we can arrange the first available appointment.
We have emergency appointments available every day for just these kinds of tooth emergencies, so give us a call on 3378 0033.
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