...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.