Originally Posted by fairieswearboots
Has anyone had a tooth abcess that hurt so bad that they needed narcotic pain medicine because OTC pain meds were barely taking the edge off the pain? I saw my dentist yesterday and asked for a prescription for stronger pain medicine but he would not give me one. I have been taking 400 mg of Advil every 4 hours and 1,000 mg of Tylenol every 6 hours. I have been in agony for 3 days now and have been on an antibiotic for 48 hours. My dentist told me Tylenol would not help and to not take that much Advil. He told me to take Aleve but I have tried that twice in the past and did not tolerate it. Aleve tears my stomach up. I told him that. I do tolerate Advil but it is not helping very much. I have been seeing this dentist for 13-14 years and this is the 1st time I have ever asked him for something stronger than OTC meds for a dental problem.
He drilled a filling out of a pre-molar yesterday and did some other stuff to it. He said that nerve is dead and I will probably need a root canal. He put a temporary filling in it and told me to call him tomorrow to let him know how I am doing and will decide what to do next. The pre-molar doesn't hurt anymore but the molar next to it is killing me. He said it may be abcessed as well but there is a crown on that molar and the x-rays were inconclusive. He said the pain around the molar may be from pressure from the abcess around the pre-molar and if so, it would subside after 24-48 hours of antibiotics. I am still in agony.
He said I might need a root canal of the pre-molar but it is cracked and he doesn't know how far down the crack goes. If the crack goes all of the way down, he will have to extract the tooth but he will not know until he starts to work on the root canal. He said he would deal with the molar next to this tooth if it was still hurting after he does whatever he ends up doing to the pre-molar. I am not giving him the chance. There are too many uncertainies. I feel like I need to get a 2nd opinion on this but I will not let my dentist proceed with any further procedures knowing that he is so callous about my pain medication needs.
I have never had a root canal and I don't know if there is a lot of pain after a root canal procedure. There sure is a lot of pain now and I might as well quit taking the Advil and Tylenol since I am still in agony anyway. What's the difference? I don't know if Percocet or Vicoden would help much either but you would think he could at least give me a few days worth and see if I get some kind of relief. Are all dentists phobic about prescribing strong pain meds? I am on the verge of writhing on the floor now because of the pain. I haven't been able to sleep or eat very much because of the pain.
I have phone calls to make tomorrow to other dentists before I bother to call him back. At least I have a prescription for antibiotics and have been taking those. Right now I would almost rather be dead than in this kind of pain. I would like to see him in this kind of pain with no relief. Has anyone had pain that bad with a tooth abcess and their regular dentist would not help? It is not like I walked in off the street. Should I see a dentist that specializes in root canals only or would I need a referral 1st? Thanks in advance for any replies. I think it is inhumane to let a patient suffer like this just because you have the power to do so.
Hi. I'm sorry you're in so much pain. I would just call and make the appt with the endo. I know what you are going through. Few years ago I had the same thing. I got a root canal done from a reg dentist and one didn't work. after the new crown and all I ended up having it pulled. ALL that $ for nothing! And this other Dr did a root canal that made the pain worse then i saw him b4!
I went to the specialist (endo) 2 times but both tooth I had it pulled cuz I couldn't take it anymore. They say it's best to go to the Endo to get a root canal but the one i went to didn't work out. it's not 100%. That's why they make u sign those papers.
Now, I have a tooth pain in my upper tooth it's not bad until I chew on it. My Dr told me it's crackd a little but to wait and see for 2 weeks. If it doesn't get better he'll do a crown. I WAS LIKE WHAT? WAIT?
Can u believe that? I told him I want it done since my trip's coming up but he said wait.
I am changing Dr's. He told me try not to think about it so much!
Go with your gut feeling. cuz it's always the right one. U shouldn't be in this much pain. I can't believe he didn't give you any meds!
My Dr I saw the other day is not much a meds giver. some are tho. They think it's not that bad...
Or we don't need it.
Anyway hang in there and keep us posted.