I am fairly certain I have a tooth infection. With the pandemic going on I am too afraid to go to a dentist’s office. A few weeks ago I had a sore throat. My doctor wrote me a prescription of antibiotics but said not to fill it unless I still had the sore throat in two more weeks. I ended up not needing them but still have the prescription. Will these work for a tooth infection?
These are unsettling times for sure. What the antibiotics can do for you is hold off an infection. However, as soon as you finish taking them, the infection will flare right back up. The only real way to get rid of a dental infection is for a dentist to get in there and physically remove the infected pulp. You can have that done with a root canal treatment, which will save your tooth. The other option is to have the tooth extracted. That will require an additional procedure of replacing the tooth.
If you ignore the infection, it will spread. This is why a tooth infection is considered a dental emergency. Your jaw is very close to your brain, lungs, and heart. You don’t want an infection spreading to any of those. If it does, your tooth infection can turn life-threatening.
I do understand you are nervous about COVID-19. You should know dentists are taking precautions and following CDC guidelines. You can look at some of our guidelines in keeping patients safe. I don’t know what area you are in, but you can ask your dentist if they are doing anything similar. If they are not, there are plenty of dentists who are. You can call around to find a dentist willing to go out of their way to keep their patients safe.
This blog is brought to you by Midtown Manhattan Dentist Dr. Marianna Farber.