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Wisdom tooth extraction. Do I HAVE to take antibiotics?

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I had one wisdom tooth taken out 3 days ago. It seems to be healing nicely. Doesn't hurt very much at all. Do I have to take the antibiotics prescribed to me? I am VERY leary of antibiotics now since my youngest daughter was given them at 10 days old and has since had gut issues leading to severe excema. I'm still nursing her and I don't want any antibiotics passing to her through my milk. Can I get away with not taking them at all?
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I did not take abx when I had mine out. They were not prescribed. Why were they prescribed to you? Was your procedure particularly complicated? Do you have a pre-existing condition? Or was it just because? I would keep the prescription on hand if you don't want to take it and be very cautious of your healing gums. An infection in a socket can scoot down to your heart and kill you or if not then cause serious harm. However it will only get to this stage IF you have an infection and IF you don't take action immediately. See what I'm saying? I just woke up so maybe I'm talking in circles.
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Why were they prescribed to you? Was your procedure particularly complicated? Do you have a pre-existing condition? Or was it just because?

An infection in a socket can scoot down to your heart and kill you or if not then cause serious harm.
Don't know why they were prescribed. I guess just routine procedure. Not complicated at all. Whole thing took about 3 minutes I'd guess. No pre-existing condition. So, yeah, I guess "just because".

But, WOW, KILL me???? Uhmmmm, those are very strong words. Can you give me some information on this if you have it? Any links?

Any other input?
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I had a wisdom tooth infection, and I promise you that was the worst pain in my life. I did need abx for that, as well as having them removed. I suspect it's more likely to get infections after a wisdom tooth removal because it's an open sore in your mouth, which on humans is not very clean.

Personally, I'd take them, but if you're doing fine without, that's wonderful.
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Personally, when I had mine out a few years ago, I had to have them surgically removed. Even with the stitches and open sockets, I did not need to take antibiotics. My oral surgeon did not prescribe them for me. They healed up just fine.

Was there a reason specifically why they prescribed them? Or do they prescribe them to everyone who has had an extraction just in case?
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I had my wisdom taken out in 2 sessions, 5 years apart, w/different oral surgeons and didn't have abx rx'd either time. If it's 3 days later and you're not having problems, I wouldn't worry about it. Just keep the rx in case you start developing an infection. You should be mostly healed in a week or 2 anyway- they were likely rx'd as a 'just in case' but call your dentist if you're worried.
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I had a wisdom tooth infection, and I promise you that was the worst pain in my life. I did need abx for that, as well as having them removed. I suspect it's more likely to get infections after a wisdom tooth removal because it's an open sore in your mouth, which on humans is not very clean.

Personally, I'd take them, but if you're doing fine without, that's wonderful.
I had the same experience. Seriously the worst pain I've ever been in.
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As an update, I did start taking the antibiotices because I felt an infection creeping on. More pain and a funky taste... thought it'd be better to just take them.
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hmmm ... I had all 4 impacted and had them removed at once. No antiobiotics... just took some tylenol.
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I had impacted and infected wisdom teeth and had all four removed without abx or problems. If you're really concerned you could get a medicinal grade essential oil that has abx properties like oil of oregano or clove oil and dilute it down (one drop in a glass of water) to use as a mouth rinse. Both burn my oral mucosa when I take it diulted so I don't know if you want to try this, but it is an option.

Moneca
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I didn't take abx when I had mine out and I even had dry sockets. the only script I got was for pain relief.
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But, WOW, KILL me???? Uhmmmm, those are very strong words. Can you give me some information on this if you have it? Any links?
I'm going through old threads I posted in and just saw this, so bump for endocarditis.

http://www.cnn.com/HEALTH/library/DS/00409.html

http://www.nhsdirect.com/articles/ar...49&PrintPage=1

http://www.clevelandclinicmeded.com/...infectendo.htm

http://www.preventionandhealing.com/...20Symptoms.pdf
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I was given abx before I had them removed because one had abcessed which triggered the extractions. I wasn't given any more for afterwards-just pain killers.
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