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Stacie asked...

I recently had a tooth removed.

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I have recently had a tooth removed while having a root abecess and was not put on antibiotics straight away, was this the correct procedure?

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It is not normally necessary to have antibiotics after an extraction even if there was infection because the process of removing the tooth removes the source of the infection and the infection drains at the same time. If there is any residual infection left, then your body's normal immune response clears this.

In some specific or severe cases or if the extraction required bone removal, then you might have antibiotics. Your dentist will be able to give you more specific advice based on your extraction as he/she removed the tooth.

Answered by Dr Sej Patel.

 

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