When you need to take Antibiotic Augmentin for Dental Abscesses
Posted Oct 19 2011 12:28pm
Dental abscesses occur when a small area of tissue becomes infected and the body is able to "wall off" the infection and keep it from spreading. White blood cells, the body's defense against some types of infection, migrate through the walls of the blood vessels in the area of the infection and collect within the damaged tissue. During this process pus forms, which is an accumulation of fluid, living and dead white blood cells, dead (necrotic) tissue and bacteria, or any other foreign invaders or materials; popcorn hulls, calculus, etc. This pus pocket is the abscess, characterized by swelling, redness, and pain. The swollen area can rupture, allowing the pus to drain, but it will return if the cause of infection is not removed. As an abscess develops, the bacteria and host cells cause rapid destruction of connective tissues around the tooth and into the jawbone. Abscesses can be acute or chronic, with the acute abscess being the most painful. A chronic abscess may produce a dull pain with intermittent swelling, but can develop into an acute abscess at any time. The most common types of dental abscesses are: Periapical abscess: located at the apex of an infected tooth surrounding the roots. Periodontal abscess: located in the periodontal ligament (PDL) surrounding the tooth. Periapical abscesses usually result from dental caries that allow bacteria to infect the center area of the tooth (pulp). But they can also occur after a traumatic injury to the tooth resulting in necrosis (death) of the pulp. This infection may spread out from the root of the tooth to the bones supporting the tooth, causing an abscess The goal of treating a dental abscess is to eliminate the infection while preserving the teeth and to prevent any complications. Releasing the direct pressure of the infection build up is the first step in the treatment.
Antibiotics are vital in ridding the system of any infection for both periapical and periodontal abscesses. If the infection is not eliminated the abscesses will recur with a stronger infection and more severe symptoms. The types of antibiotics prescribed for acute abscesses include:
Augmentin: 250 mg three times daily for ten days. Augmentin is an antibiotic of the penicillin type. Effective against different bacteria Chemically, it is closely related to penicillin and ampicillin. Addition of clavulanic acid to amoxicillin in Augmentin enhances the effectiveness of this antibiotic against many other bacteria that are ordinarily resistant to amoxicillin. This medication may be taken with or without food, but taking it with meals or snacks will help prevent stomach upset. However, it may be taken with food to improve absorption. Augmentin is also used in the treatment other infections, ENT infections(ear, nose and throat infections, Infections of the urogenital system both in women and men, Infection that affects skin and soft tissue and such as pet infections - periodontitis in dogs and skin infections in cats. Purchasing Augmentin is generally safe; however, large amounts may cause overdose symptoms.