Hi Puzzled - search this board for osteomyelitis and you'll be suprised at what you come up with - lots of posts about it. And here is my story - you asked for it
I had a LOT of pain - excruciating, suicide pain - debilitating first, it was in the tooth, but THEN it was in my jaw and it was constant. I did not sleep for 2 weeks straight. I had a 3 phase bone scan, panorex xrays, blood work and finally the best way to detect, a biopsy of the site - which tells the infectious disease doctor which bugs you have and what antibiotics will kill them. I hope you don't have this - what are your symptoms?
I had my dentist, who I have used since I am 19, bond the tooth with plastic. Over the years the bonding turned yellow and he would replace it with new bonding. I met the man of my dreams and for my wedding this past June, I decided I would go for it and get myself a nice porcelain veneer. In May I went to my dentist and he started the procedure. He filed down my front tooth to the tiniest point I ever did see - it freaked me out to see myself like this. He then put a porcelain veneer on. I thought it looked good from the front view - but after leaving his office, I hated it. It stuck out and didn't match the rest of my teeth. Within a couple of days I was back in his office in severe pain. My palette right behind my front tooth was untouchable and almost felt hot to me. I told him and he said I needed emergency root canal. He started the root canal and put me on antibiotics. I was so sick from the antibiotics, he switched them. I finished them and started more, finishing those too. In the meantime, I am still in pain. He left the back of the tooth completely open so it would drain (little did I know this was causing more of an infection!)! I had the tooth open all the way through my honeymoon - which was the middle/end of June. Upon my return, I phoned him in great pain - he had me come in and he closed the tooth, again. Again, I had terrible pressure and it felt like the tooth was going to explode out of my face. Obviously, he had no idea what to do. I went to an endodontist on the advice of another dentist. The endodontist said the dentist never completed the root canal but closed the tooth. I had a root canal. The pain was still with me. I took more antibiotics. I was referred to an oral surgeon who performed an apicoectomy. He never took any x-rays!! He took out some root above the tooth and an abcess. When I woke from the surgery, I told the nurse that my nose felt funny - almost numb. She said it was from the oxygen. It wasn't! It was because the infection was just spread by the surgery - and now I had more pain than before. I went through 2 weeks of hellacious pain and went to the ER twice for pain meds. All the while, I am losing a lot of weight... end weight loss is 30 lbs. I went back to the oral surgeon and told him the tooth was in agony and that my palette and nose hurt. He told me he would have to extract my tooth. He took no x-ray! He extracted my tooth... my front tooth... I looked like hell. I only wanted the pain to go away and it did, for one day. Then it came back with a vengeance. I went to the oral surgeon complaining of the pain who told me I had a dry socket. He packed this tooth for 4 weeks with antibiotics all the time saying he had never seen a dry socket in the top front tooth, and it was very unusual, and if it didn't go away he would have to refer me to a neurologist. Needless to say, I was terrified and in terrible pain. I ended up in the hospital with dehydration. Oral surgeons came to see me, neurologists cams to see me. The Oral surgeons said it was not a tooth problem. The neurologists said it was possible nerve damage, but most likely it was a dental problem. I KNEW it was a dental problem because the pain NEVER changed and started exactly when I had a porcelain veneer put on my tooth. I was finally given a name of a dentist/doctor in Pennsylvania. I drove there with my husband and parents straight from my hospital bed. Within five minutes of telling this doctor what had happened and his examination of me, he said I had an infection in the bone. He put me on oral antibiotics (Friday), penicillin and scheduled a debridement for Tuesday. I had hope back! That's when I started to research bone infections and learned that it is called OSTEOMYELITIS
This was a year ago. I am heading in FINALLY for HBO, another surgery wherein the surgeon will take a biopsy to check for bugs, and place antibiotic beads directly on the site, get another PICC line and get rid of this thing once and for all!!