I am so sorry you're going through this. Yes, in my opinion, a dentist should get the infection under control first. I've had one abscess and a couple of infections and my dentist always insisted on putting me on antibiotics before he did anything.
Can you get in to see another dentist?
I don't know a great deal about antibiotics but, I'm wondering if the two you have been tried on are not strong enough.
Thank you for your reply, remar! I appreciate your concern. I ended up at an Oral Surgeon's office yesterday, and he had to re-open the site of infection and scrape, clean, remove cadaver bone chips, pack with antibiotic and close it up with 4 stitches and a drain. I am also on Clindamycin again. I go back tomorrow to have the drain removed. I was in *horrible* pain yesterday, but today it is quite a bit better. When the original dentist pulled my abscessed tooth, she included a procedure of putting bone chips in, right afterwards and there wasn't ANY REASON to do so, except to charge me more. I am not wanting to prepare the area for a post or anything. As it turns out, the bone chips were causing the excessive infection and puss. The Clindamycin wasn't strong enough to clear the infection. She (original dentist) wouldn't admit that the unnecessary bone chips could be the problem but the Oral surgeon says that it definitely WAS the problem. My simple tooth extraction has turned into a bill of over $1000.00 and 2 1/2 weeks of unnecessary pain,and I am furious. She will be receiving a letter from me this week about all this. :( I believe that I'm on the road to recovery now, but it didn't have to be this way at all. Again, thank your for your concern. ~ Kathy