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hi I got a double crown less than a year ago and the least I can say it wasn't successful pain and gum inflation it even fell it out once but my dr said it was ok and just put some medical glue and it's back on.
however I had an appointment to remove it and get it retreated by another Dr. but for my bad luck I started to feel strong pain two days ago and yesterday I woke up with a swollen face and pain!
my dr. advised me on phone to apply warm cloth on it and continue on pain killers and not to take any antibiotics! which I found weird so I went and bought an antibiotic called Rodogyl (has active ingredients of Metronidazole and Spiramycin) two pills twice daily and surgam as pain killer and anti-inflammatory (active ingredient Tiaprofenic Acid).
am still feeling pain though my face is swollen a lot( from below my eye till my neck) and feels kinda stiff to touch.
Is there anything I can do at home to reduce swelling and any advices you can give me??

Dear Angel,

First, you need to contact a doctor or a dentist who will see you immediately and prescribe the antibiotic that is right for your infection.  I suspect the one you got is not the right one.  You definitely need antibiotic more appropriate for tooth infections.

Swollen face is serious.  Treatment must not be delayed.  If you cannot reach your doctor or dentist immediately, you need to go to an urgent care center or emergency room to receive treatment.  


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I am a Family, Implant and Cosmetic dentist. I will answer questions on any aspect of dentistry and matters relating to the smile, gums, jaws and lower face. Member American Dental Association, Florida Dental Association, Broward County Dental Association, and Atlantic Coast District Dental Association. I have served as District Council Member of Alpha Omega, as well as serving for one term as its President. I am also a member of The Vedder Honors Society, Broward Dental Research Clinic, and Mount Sinai Hospital Guild. I have served as a Volunteer for Project Dental Health and The Tri-County Dental Health Council.


Having attained over 30 years of clinical experience in private practice in Michigan, in 2001 I was re-certified by taking and passing the Florida State Dental Board Examination. After moving to Florida, I spent nearly 10 years re-honing my skills while working as an Associate Dentist for several large dental groups. In September, 2004, I was appointed Adjunct Clinical Professor at Nova University's College of Dental Medicine. I am certified in placement of Mini Dental Implants, and I am Director of The Florida Implant Center ( On March 1, 2010, at the age of 62, I began all over again by buying a dental practice near my home in the Fort Lauderdale area. As sole owner and Chief Dental Officer of the new Nob Hill Dental Center (, I can now carefully provide dental care to patients who care, all within a caring, joyful environment. Over my career lifetime, I have provided thousands of diagnoses, fillings, crowns, bridges, root canals, periodontal treatments, TMJ therapies, partials, dentures and extractions, and dozens of implants for my patients. The only aspect of dentistry with which I have very little experience is orthodontics.

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