Dental Abscess Empiric Therapy

Updated: Nov 30, 2020
  • Author: Jane M Gould, MD, FAAP; Chief Editor: Jeff Burgess, DDS, MSD  more...
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Empiric Therapy Regimens

Most dental abscesses respond to surgical treatment (incision and drainage, root canal, or extraction) and elimination of the source of infection. The addition of antibiotics is not recommended for a localized dental abscess. Antibiotics are indicated if drainage is not possible or if the patient shows signs of systemic involvement or is immunocompromised. The duration of therapy should be 7 days. [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6]

Treatment recommendations

Treatment recommendations are listed below: