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Dental and Oral Health (Adults)

Infections Equal Headaches

01/19/2010

Question:

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?

Answer:

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.

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Response by:

Daniel Nathan Reed, DDS Daniel Nathan Reed, DDS
Clinical Associate Professor of Primary Care Dentistry
College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University