earache from abcessed tooth
Hi. I am new to these boards, but after reading quite a bit on here, I hope to get some guidance....
First off....I will admit that I am a dental phobic. It has been a LONG time since I have been to a dentist. My teeth are in very bad shape now, and I realize that I need to have something done.
However, I will not be able to get to a dentist for at least another week.
In the meantime, I am in horrible pain. One of my bottom molars is half broken away because of cavity, and I believe I have an abscess next to it. It is a bump that hurts, and has some pus coming out of it at times. This makes my whole right side of my face hurt something fierce! During the daytime, I don't seem to have many problems, but at night....when I want to go to bed....it flares up again. I pop advil....but that doesn't seem to do anything anymore.
So, I try swishing with water.....which used to help with the pain, but not so much now. I also try hot washcloths on that side of my face...but that doesn't alleviate the pain either.
Now, the pain from the tooth seems to have made my ear ache. I can't figure out a single thing to alleviate this pain on my own in order to sleep now! I am desperate to see if anyone has suggestions in the space between now and whenever I can get in to see a dentist?!
Also...does anyone know why the pain seems to come at night? It isn't even just when I lay down....it is is just around the time I want to sleep....and boom...excrutiating pain!
I have spent many a night rocking myself in bed crying....begging God to take the pain away.....I just don't know what to do with myself!
I know that I need to go to a dentist, although I am terrified....I know that in the long run, there will be less pain by getting the problems fixed than by letting this go on longer.
Anyway...sorry for the long ramble. I am tired, in pain, and trying to figure out what to do. Any comments are welcome.