Re: Antibiotic Prescribed by DDS
I have to say, the dentists were just trying to help you. You can take the antibiotics or not. But if YOU can see inflammation on your gums, that is, if they are red and swollen and sore, then the process is probably an infection of some kind.
You can go to an ear-nose-throat physician to confirm if it's sinus, and he can also look into the TMJ idea, and he can discuss pros and cons of antibiotics. Also a chance a food particle stuck in your teeth and bacteria set up a local infection. If so, floss real good and swish water vigorously, repeat until it feels better.
You can also drink extra water and use a plain saline nose spray, with nothing else in it, to loosen up any nasal congestion, if you have it.