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Abscessed Tooth + ER = Painful Experience....
Old 21 July 2008, 10:10   #1
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...but, OH, what a relief it is!!!

Over this weekend I've had a return of an abscess on one of my upper front teeth. This tooth is actually a root canal and cap that was done close to 18 years ago. It's also not the first time this tooth has bothered me over the past few months. The first time was in early March of this year. The dentist prescribed an antibiotic and sent me to see an oral surgeon. The oral surgeon checked my insurance and found out it won't cover this oral surgery until this coming November.

So, the oral surgeon also prescribed an antibiotic and we were hoping to keep the infection under control until this November.

It didn't work.

On July 2, the infection started acting up again and the original dentist re-prescribed the antibiotic for a one week period. Things were going good again until this weekend.

Man, when it returned, it did so with a vengeance!! Late Sunday night I looked in the mirror and it looked like an orange was trying to push its way through my cheek.

So, off to the ER I went. After 4 hours of constant pain while there, the ER doctor finally got around to seeing me. He immediately said he needed to lance this infection immediately. They setup everything and, the initial lancing of the infection was quite a bit more painful than what I had been dealing with. BUT, once the pus began coming out, the relief started developing.

At this moment, I've got to take penicillin and, if I need it, a pain reliever. I do NOT like taking any pain relievers! Those things nearly knock me out and I don't like being in that state of mind/awareness. I'm just going to continue taking ibuprofen for the pain as long as I can stand it.

Right now, the swelling is still there but I expect it will go down over the next few hours.

At least I should be able to sleep for those few hours.
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Nasty bro, glad it's not me, however this is not what i needed to read since i have a dental appointment today myself
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Phew, I was afraid this thread might have piccies attached! My sympathies, it sounds very painful.

I thought you wore removable dentures anyway Dyre?
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Old 21 July 2008, 10:59   #4
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Phew, I was afraid this thread might have piccies attached! My sympathies, it sounds very painful.

I thought you wore removable dentures anyway Dyre?

Haha! Well, with all that needs to be done with my natural teeth, I've actually given some serious thought to going the whole denture route and be done with it.
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Old 21 July 2008, 21:09   #5
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i'm sure its not quite that bad yet - besides dentures aren't exactly very attractive - Its kind of like giving up and throwing in the towel too. But then again, i'm not the one in pain!
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I donít understand why you guys deal with this shit. With todayís technology, you can buy entire artificial plates for both upper and lower jaws for cheap. My neighbor took that surgery a few weeks ago it made him look and eat like ten years old.
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I had to make a second trip back to ER after getting up with my right eye nearly swollen shut. At least the pain is gone now but the right side of my face is really swollen bad. The doctor said it would take 24 hours for the penicillin to begin working and the swelling would go down.

I've got to stop by the dentist office Tuesday afternoon before I go into work.

And, Rege: I've actually been considering seriously going the full denture route. My step dad had full dentures and they make them to look really good now. One of my brothers-in-law also has them and they look good for him, too. But, he wishes he had taken better care of his teeth and didn't have to deal with the dentures at all. Even my mom has partial dentures.

So, before it's all over with, I may have them, too.
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just been through all this

I bet you wish you were aussie right now

any dangerous life threating infection like you have ATM,, is dealt with immediately and free

get that rotten thing out your head and you will fell lots better
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I've actually been considering seriously going the full denture route. My step dad had full dentures and they make them to look really good now. One of my brothers-in-law also has them and they look good for him, too. But, he wishes he had taken better care of his teeth and didn't have to deal with the dentures at all. Even my mom has partial dentures.
You're suffering! don't delay it because of money! deal with it before it causes more pain.
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Nasty bro, glad it's not me, however this is not what i needed to read since i have a dental appointment today myself
How did your appointment go?
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