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Thursday, December 5, 2013
Dental and Oral Health (Adults)
Infections Equal Headaches
Can jaw pain and severe headaches be caused by dental infection and if so an antibiotics are prescribed, how long after starting antibiotics should pain subside?
Yes. A dental infection can cause jaw pain and headaches. Antibiotics will help by decreasing the infection, but the source of the infection needs to be addressed for long-term relief. The tooth may need a root canal or extraction to get rid of the source.
As far as how long until the antibiotics help: they may start helping as soon as the second day, but they may not provide much comfort at all.
Daniel Nathan Reed, DDS
Clinical Associate Professor of Primary Care Dentistry
College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University