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Dentistry question: I have a tooth infection which causes

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Dentistry question:
I have a tooth infection which causes a continuous spot to emerge on the side of the gum by the tooth. I've has this problem for about 6 weeks.
I visited my dentist just before Christmas, and we agreed that I would have a tooth extraction but would wait until after the holidays. In the meantime I was prescribed Amoxicillin 500mg - 21 Capsules.
I have now completed the dose but I believe the infection is still present because the spot on the side of the gum continues to reappear.
My appointment for the extraction is in 2 weeks time, and I wanted to know if it's ok to wait that long?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr Basu replied 2 years ago.
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If the spot is not painful and not swollen, then this should not be a problem.

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Infection was likely treated fully with amoxicillin course.

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However, if you do have pain, then there can still be infection.

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Also if you are able to post a picture here of the spot, I may be able to provide further information on its nature.

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Customer:

Thanks Doctor.

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very welcome

Customer:

The spot is not painful, but it still leaks pus at times, hence I'm not sure if the Amoxicillin worked?
The spot only swells when I eat, but I cant post a picture because it's at the back of my upper gum and I can reach with a camera.
It was interesting that I was suffering from diarrhea, and that has stopped since taking the Amoxicillin, so maybe that was all connected too...

Dr Basu :

Ok thanks for your clarification.

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Then most likely this is due to the dentigerous cyst

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That can form pus and swelling.

Dr Basu :

Antibiotic may not work well but it should resolve after tooth extraction and drainage of the area.

Dr Basu :

Yes diarrhea may have been infectious which got treated with amoxicillin.

Dr Basu :

So, any further antibiotic course for this problem will not be helpful.

Dr Basu :

However, if no pain or worsening swelling, you may wait for now.

Customer:

right understood, so you think I am probably safe to wait 2 weeks until my appointment if the only symptom is the continuous spot, but no pain?

Dr Basu :

correct

Customer:

thank you very much, I just wanted to get a second opinion as the wait is longer than I would usually leave it due to the Christmas holidays and everything.

Customer:

very much appreciate your time, and thank you again

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