I’m Dr. Joe Neely, and I practice with the
Barton Oaks Dental Group. We’re going to talk about what antibiotic, what kind of antibiotic,
you should take for an abscessed tooth. Obviously, the first question is always, do you have
an allergic, are you allergic to any type of antibiotics? When you have an allergic
reaction, and your system reacts to a particular product, obviously you can’t take that, so
once you rule out anything that you’re allergic to, you would want to use a broad spectrum
antibiotic, kind of like an amoxicillin, probably the most common given. You can use a penicillin,
Pen VK. Fibromyacin is given most often for gum infections, rather than tooth infections.
Clendomyacin would be an antibiotic that would be more effective in a long standing abscess,
or one that involves the bone. The more long standing the abscess, the more debilitated
the patient. The more virulent or potent an abscess, the stronger the antibiotic. Often
when you get beyond the Clendomyacins and Keflex, and things like that, you would be
on some type of I.V antibiotic.