Culver City Dentist is asked, "Can an infected tooth be cured by antibiotics?"

Q: I think my tooth is infected. If I take antibiotics, will that cure the infection?

A: If you have an infection in the pulp of your tooth, it can’t be cured by antibiotics. When the pulp of your tooth becomes infected it dies and leaves a hollow space in your tooth. Bacteria can thrive in that space, and drugs can’t reach them. When that happens you’ll need a root canal, or sometimes extraction. While dentists will sometimes prescribe an antibiotic for a patient having a root canal, this is to eliminate bacteria growing around the tooth, not in the pulp itself.

Unless you’ve been diagnosed by a dentist, you can’t be sure if your pain is really from an infected tooth. There are many possible reasons why a tooth hurts, so you should get your tooth looked at by a professional soon.

Dr. Natalie Khadavi sees children and adults in Culver City and serves the greater Los Angeles area. Visit our website or give us a call at (310) 482-3971 for more information about how we can provide you and your family with healthy smiles that last a lifetime.

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