My dentist has told me that I have a tooth with a dying nerve it in. I have an appointment to go back in a couple of weeks to have the tooth extracted. At the moment it is giving me a lot of pain though. What can I do to help me control the pain until my appointment? I have been taking painkillers but they don't really help me much. Would antibiotics work in this situation?
Thanks for the reply Kaycee. I've been trying ibroprofen but it doesn't seem to be making a huge difference. Have you had a dying tooth before? Did you get a lot of pain from it? I didn't think a dying tooth would give me this much discomfort.
Oh yes, it seemed to have calmed down a little bit last week but I seen my dentist on Monday and she decided to give my teeth a bit of a clean. Since then the pain in this dying tooth has been horrendous. It seems to be aggravated so easily.
Oh yea, I've been where you are! I have posted this before when people have asked about root-canals. Last fall and winter I had a terrible tooth ache that seemed to "move" around my mouth. I couldn't tell which tooth was the problem, but it seemed to be one of the teeth on the upper right. My dentist took x-rays several times, but could find nothing to explain the pain. Finally, after buying a mouth-guard and taking several x-rays, she sent me to an oral surgeon. He took one look at the x-ray and told me I needed a root canal in tooth no. 2. He sent me to an Endo. who looked at my x-ray and wasn't sure, but tooth no. 2 could be a problem. I was so tired of being in pain I said "go ahead and do the root canal". Well, it turns out that that tooth was dying and it was causing all that pain. Once it was fixed...pain gone. I do remember that it got to a point that the ibuprofen and other pain meds just didn't do a thing to stop the pain it was so intense. I'd get that tooth fixed or pulled as soon as possible. Good luck to you!
P.S. I don't think antibiotics would do anything at this point. My Endo. said a dying nerve can lead to an abcess, but it doesn't sound like you have an infection, just pain from the nerve.
It sounds like you had an awful time. I'm glad you sorted it in the end. Do you know why the tooth decided to give up on you in the first place?
Well by lunchtime today I had got to the point where the pain was driving me up the wall so I contacted the emergency dentist who took a look at it for me this afternoon and extracted the thing there and then. I am still fairly numb at the moment but I can feel that it is quite tender. Hopefully in a few days it will all calm down - whew!