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Abscessed tooth



How can I relieve abscessed tooth pain until the antibiotics start working?


Ask the dentist who prescribed your antibiotic to write a prescription for a pain medication. If this is not possible, over-the-counter Motrin is an effective dental pain medication. Follow the directions on the bottle.

If the pain is not gone after two days of taking the antibiotic according to the directions given, contact your dentist.

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Response by:

D Stanley Sharples, DDS
Clinical Assistant Professor of Primary Care Dentistry
College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University