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Old 09-13-2004, 01:56 PM   #1
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Ok..side effects of a absessed tooth? Urgent

I developed an absess tooth almost two years ago. Well my big front tooth, up under the lip the gums would swell up and puss.. Just under a year ago I finally went in and had a root canal done to fix this problem, I was fine for two months but then the absessed came back. Lately its been pussing a lot more than usual, it doesn't and has never really hurt, sometimes the area around sore from the swelling and pressure.

However I've been getting a few other medical problems, that I can't figure out and are really starting to scare me. I'm getting lots of headaches, like every day..in my temples and behind the eyes, my vision seems off, I feel lightheaded/dizzy almost faint at times whenever I really try to do anything..and I'm getting nausious (sp?). I thought perhaps its because of my absessed tooth...

What are symptoms of a prolonged absessed tooth?

 
Old 09-13-2004, 05:49 PM   #2
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An abscessed tooth is an infection. Infections can spread causing sinus problems and a whole bunch of other problems. Get yourself to a dentist. At the very least you should be on antibiotics.

 
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Old 09-13-2004, 07:50 PM   #3
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I agree - infections are problematic and can cause some serious side effects. When your body is fighting an infection, be it a tooth infection, a sinus infection, or something like strept throat, it has to work overtime to keep up with the demands the infection is putting on it. A fever is the most obvious side effect to your body fighting an infection - it is basically trying to cook it out! But also you can have other side effects such as general malaise (even to the point that you feel like you have a very weak flu) to headaches, and even spread of the infection to other organs, sometimes even your heart. While the most severe of these rarely happen, they are certainly reason enough to go visit your dentist and have your tooth treated, but most importantly put on antibiotics. The infection in your tooth could be the cause of your other problems...

 
Old 09-14-2004, 03:13 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by Drakane
I developed an absess tooth almost two years ago. Well my big front tooth, up under the lip the gums would swell up and puss.. Just under a year ago I finally went in and had a root canal done to fix this problem, I was fine for two months but then the absessed came back. Lately its been pussing a lot more than usual, it doesn't and has never really hurt, sometimes the area around sore from the swelling and pressure.

However I've been getting a few other medical problems, that I can't figure out and are really starting to scare me. I'm getting lots of headaches, like every day..in my temples and behind the eyes, my vision seems off, I feel lightheaded/dizzy almost faint at times whenever I really try to do anything..and I'm getting nausious (sp?). I thought perhaps its because of my absessed tooth...

What are symptoms of a prolonged absessed tooth?
I had almost the same problem as you...I had an abcessed tooth for years, but it had formed a fistula and was draining off and on thru my gum, so I had no real tooth pain, just swelling and soreness of the gum...I let it go cos it would only flare up off and on, and I had many of the symptoms you are experiencing after awhile (lightheaded, dizzy, nauseated for no reason, etc) I would take antibiotics off and on, but after awhile, they did not even help...Finally, the soreness got worse, my whole face and eyes hurt, and my glands in my neck were getting swollen...I went to an oral surgeon and had the tooth extracted..I had no problem, and I feel so much better...Since you already had a root canal done, and it didnt seem to help and its most likely still infected, maybe u should get a consult with an oral surgeon and have it extracted...

 
Old 09-14-2004, 06:22 PM   #5
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I also had the same problem. I've had problems with this one tooth for 10 years now. A very difficult root canal 10 years ago. It was ok for a while, but then it started hurting again. My new dentist said it wasn't done completely. so I had it re-done, but shortly after, I started feeling dizzy, lightheaded, confused, headache, clumsiness, vision problems and nausea. I felt "poisoned". I took antibiotics and got better. After a while it would all return, I'd do it again.
Eventually the antibiotics stopped working. I've been feeling this way for over 2 years.
Then I started taking Nasal Crom for my allergies and miraculously started feeling better. I wonder if our infection could have went into our sinuses and cause an infection there.
Did you check weather you have a sinus infection?

 
Old 09-14-2004, 08:49 PM   #6
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I also had the same problem. I've had problems with this one tooth for 10 years now. A very difficult root canal 10 years ago. It was ok for a while, but then it started hurting again. My new dentist said it wasn't done completely. so I had it re-done, but shortly after, I started feeling dizzy, lightheaded, confused, headache, clumsiness, vision problems and nausea. I felt "poisoned". I took antibiotics and got better. After a while it would all return, I'd do it again.
Eventually the antibiotics stopped working. I've been feeling this way for over 2 years.
Then I started taking Nasal Crom for my allergies and miraculously started feeling better. I wonder if our infection could have went into our sinuses and cause an infection there.
Did you check weather you have a sinus infection?
I do have sinus problems also, so some of my problems might have been that also, so I guess its something to check for....But alot of the problems I did have, have gone away once the tooth was taken out...I think it was just getting worse, and mine had started with the infection almost 10 yrs ago too! So at a certain point, the antibiotics just stopped working...

 
Old 09-15-2004, 11:41 PM   #7
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Well, I read "The Root Canal Cover Up" book and it made a lot of sense. But I was also hesitant to have a "hole" in my mouth.
I'm glad I found something that works for now, although I'm still not 100% ok, but should it get worse, I will get the tooth out, seeing that other people have had the same trouble and felt better after it went out.

 
Old 09-16-2004, 05:43 AM   #8
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Re: Ok..side effects of a absessed tooth? Urgent

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Originally Posted by Drakane
I developed an absess tooth almost two years ago. Well my big front tooth, up under the lip the gums would swell up and puss.. Just under a year ago I finally went in and had a root canal done to fix this problem, I was fine for two months but then the absessed came back. Lately its been pussing a lot more than usual, it doesn't and has never really hurt, sometimes the area around sore from the swelling and pressure.

However I've been getting a few other medical problems, that I can't figure out and are really starting to scare me. I'm getting lots of headaches, like every day..in my temples and behind the eyes, my vision seems off, I feel lightheaded/dizzy almost faint at times whenever I really try to do anything..and I'm getting nausious (sp?). I thought perhaps its because of my absessed tooth...

What are symptoms of a prolonged absessed tooth?
I had a similar problem, my front tooth was abcessed so they did a root canal and gave me antibiotics. It seemed to do the trick but later on the abcess came back. It did not hurt, due to already having a root canal but the gums were sore and pus oozed. At this point all they could do was give me antibiotics since the root canal was already done. I had bad headaches because the abcess was pressing into my sinus which caused it to block. I found that alternating between cold and hot compresses helped with the swelling which in turn relieved the sinus pressure until the antibiotics took hold. It could be also that you have a sinus infection, which can become chronic in itself. Your symptoms sound more like a sinus infection.
Go see a physician for an opinion as well as the dentist.

 
Old 09-16-2004, 03:26 PM   #9
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Well I went to a dentist for a consultation, they did an Xray on it and said the root canal itself was done well, however the remaining root (high up)was decayed and my body is rejecting it. He says unless I wanted to have a specialist TRY and save the tooth, its best to just pull it.

He put me on some antibiotics,

How long does it take for these to work enough to get rid of the symptoms?


I'm going in, in a couple weeks and have it pulled, but its a front tooth though, its going to be embarrassing having a gap in my mouth.

 
Old 09-16-2004, 04:18 PM   #10
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Well I went to a dentist for a consultation, they did an Xray on it and said the root canal itself was done well, however the remaining root (high up)was decayed and my body is rejecting it. He says unless I wanted to have a specialist TRY and save the tooth, its best to just pull it.

He put me on some antibiotics,

How long does it take for these to work enough to get rid of the symptoms?


I'm going in, in a couple weeks and have it pulled, but its a front tooth though, its going to be embarrassing having a gap in my mouth.
It's great that you went to see the dentist and found out what the problem was. Sorry to hear of the outcome
The antibiotics will help fight any infection and may clear up some of the symptoms. If the pain is due to the decay, they won't help with that. You may want to try Benzocaine and see if that gives you any relief (worth a try) but ask the dentist before you do, to make sure it won't hurt anything.
If you happen to live near a dental school at a university, you should call and see if they have cost reduced programs to get you a partial. Most of those type of services are done as part of the residency program and are done on a sliding scale. They could even do the extraction if you wanted them to. I have a friend who went there (Indiana University) for oral surgery and she said that they did a good job and would go back.

I know it's tough going without a tooth. I had to go back to work without any top teeth because of botched extractions and just had an alveoloplasty done to correct it.
I just clench my jaw when I speak and tell them my jaw hurts. My boss knows what the deal is but many do not.

Let me know how it works out! Hang in there!

 
Old 09-17-2004, 12:21 AM   #11
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Did any of you with side effects, also have these symptoms? - pain and stiffness at where the scull meets the spine, fogginess and feeling like "you can't think straight"?
My root canal also appears to be fine on the X-rays, but it still hurts!! It's not a big, big pain, but I can feel some throabing almost every day. How is that possible?
Thanks

 
Old 09-17-2004, 06:12 PM   #12
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Did any of you with side effects, also have these symptoms? - pain and stiffness at where the scull meets the spine, fogginess and feeling like "you can't think straight"?
My root canal also appears to be fine on the X-rays, but it still hurts!! It's not a big, big pain, but I can feel some throabing almost every day. How is that possible?
Thanks
I've had a few abcessed teeth in my life and I always had problems with stiff neck and just not feeling good. Of course it really bothered my sinuses.
When I had my root canal on the front tooth, it hurt a bit for a while because the gum was still inflammed from the abcess. I just had my remaining top teeth extracted (result of a car accident and many bad partials and bridges) and I still have a throbbing feeling that feels like it's a toothache. I guess it's a phantom pain and it will subside.

 
Old 09-17-2004, 10:43 PM   #13
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Yeah, but doesn't seem to be subsiding and it's been 2 years after I had a r/c. It acctually started hurting again this year.
So after you've had them removed, did you improve?
My tooth is not abcsessed, but the gum in that area feels a bit swollen and "coarse".
However, I do have a lot of the symptoms mentionned and these all started 2 months after the root canal.

 
Old 09-17-2004, 11:22 PM   #14
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I felt really bad after the extractions but once they did an alveoloplasty (removed bone to even out) I felt pretty good.
One thing the oral surgeon mentioned was that the socket where I had the root canal had been fractured. He fixed that and I no longer have that weird pain. My gums seem to take forever to heal after root canals or any surgery although this time they are healing quickly. Most likely this is due to the bad teeth being gone which no longer irritate the gums.

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Old 09-20-2004, 07:57 PM   #15
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Did they have to do the AP, because of your fractured socket? That's so strange? What goes in place of the bone they take out?
I'm gonna try to have my dentist take some x-rays. On Saturday, my pain was so bad! It was also very strange - it started on the side of the root canal, but then (it's an upper) my both cheekbones started hurting so bad! The pain was carrying over to the side of the bone and towards my ears, so I wasn't sure what's causing it, but that was the first time I've had that pain. I hope it's not TMJ, I've heard that's very painful!

 
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