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Old 01-29-2008, 11:21 AM   #1
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Jaw Bone Infection

2 Years Ago I Had A Jawbone Infection And Several Teeth That Had Absessed. I Had 4 Root Canals Done And Things Settled Down. 1 Month Ago I Had Alot Of Mouth Pain And Last Week I Went Again To The Dentist And He Found 3 Absesses. On Wed I Had Them Removed As I Did Not Want Anymore Root Canals. The Pain In My Mouth Has Not Abated Except For Where Those 3 Teeth Were Pulled. The Dentist Said I Had Another Infection In My Jaw Bone And I Am Now On A Second Course Of Antibiotics (supposably The Best Kind For Jaw Infection) As The 1st Week Has Not Minimized The Swelling Or Pain In My Mouth And Gums. He Is Having Me See An Oral Surgeon On Friday. What Can I Expect? Are There Diseases I Should Suggest Like Bone Death In My Jaw? I Am Allergic To All Narcotic Painkillers So I Am Sitting Here In Alot Of Pain. Anyone Have Similar Experiences?
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Old 01-29-2008, 10:11 PM   #2
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Well I have actually had some bad experiences with root canals.. i have had two and ended up getting both of those teeth eventually pulled. i think it jsut cost more money and they dont really hold up.. if you have a lot of teeth problems which i have and am going through another now.. i would suggest getting them pulled and looking into bridges or patirals. not that i dont take good care of my teeth, better than im sure most do, bad teeth run in some of my family.. anywho.. i went to an oral surgen about 6 months ago and had 5 teeth pulled.. usually the dentist will send you to an oral surgen if you have a lot of work to be done, or for an infection. they just know more, and you can expect the same thing as you would at a dentist office really.

 
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Old 01-30-2008, 07:11 AM   #3
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What kind of meds?

 
Old 01-30-2008, 03:10 PM   #4
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I get nausea and rashes from all narcotics and from some other types as well. I have liver disease and cannot take the rest of them and am taking tylenol just to be able to get to sleep even though that passes thru my liver as well. I do not drink or do any other kinds of drugs except for my Synthroid and Ativan.

 
Old 01-31-2008, 10:59 AM   #5
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vitallison...I hope you get some answers and relief tomorrow when you see the oral surgeon....I'm so sorry for the pain you're going through...I know what it's like to have sleepless nights because of it.

Was it ever explained to you what caused the jaw infection two years ago?

 
Old 01-31-2008, 01:02 PM   #6
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They said I had absessed teeth that got up into my jawbone, so then came the root canals and crowns. I think that after looking around the web it could be that since there is so little circulation and marrow in the jaw that my jaw may be dying and they may have to scrape it. I will let you all know tomorrow.
And thatnks everyone for your help.

 
Old 02-04-2008, 07:51 AM   #7
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Hi vtallison...just wondering how your appointment went? Did you get any answers?

 
Old 02-05-2008, 04:11 PM   #8
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Oral Surgeon Says I Have A Sinus Infection Although I Have Had Those Before And This Is Nothing Like That. Says Xrays Shows Cloudiness In Sinus Cavities And They Are Very Low And My Roots Are Growing Into Them. Put Me On Different Antibiotics, No Change In Pain And Still Have Fever And Pain In My Teeth. Hot/cold Bothers. So I See Him Again On Friday. Anysuggestions?

 
Old 02-07-2008, 04:36 AM   #9
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Hi vt...sadly, I really don't have any suggestions but I do have a couple of comments. Why is it that patients are so often told what they are experiencing is 'normal'??? This just happened to me also after another recent trip to a dentist re: my complications. (I did not know that it was 'normal' for my face to be frozen for weeks or months after a wisdom tooth extraction...in fact, I had been told prior to the operation that there would be a slight chance that this might happen). I was told (again) at my last visit that "your facial numbness is normal...you just have to be patient...it might come back in 3 to 6 months...or maybe not." Sometimes I wonder if 'they' really know what they are talking about or not!

We (the patients) are the only ones who know what we are experiencing or have experienced in the past with pain, etc. related to teeth problems. How did your doctor rule out your idea that your jaw bone might be 'dying' so to speak? If you personally know what a sinus infection feels like because you have had them before, why didn't he/she listen? I don't know how many physicians you've seen, but I would go for another opinion...print any information re: symptoms, etc from the internet that you're experiencing and show it to them. Ask them how they know it is definitely sinus infection that is causing your problems and how do they know it is not something else.

Sometimes I wonder if we're really living in the 21st century?? Why are so many people experiencing such pain and extreme discomfort after dental surgery? Sorry, I'm being pretty negative here...but I am empathizing with your pain and frustration...and I wish I could do or say more to help. Maybe we just have to be more aggressive?? Honestly, the most helpful things I've found to deal with my situation have been reading what other patients have tried....not from what the dentists or oral surgeons or doctors have said or from the drugs that have been prescribed for me. I was given anti-depressants on my last visit to the doctor. I hate taking them and, in my opinion, it does nothing to lessen my symptoms. How do anti-depressants reduce the pain I'm feeling in my chin??? All I really want is straight answers...and if that includes admitting that they don't know what is going on then they should tell me that, too..so that I can look elsewhere for help.

Thinking about you, vt...keep in touch..

 
Old 02-11-2008, 04:03 AM   #10
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Charlotte,
I Agree With You, The Doctors Just Do Not Listen To Us. I Am Going To Get Another Opinion As This Guys A Quack. I Saw Him On Friday For Followup And He Said I Must Have 2 Dry Sockets So Wham!!! In Went The Needles And I Actually Cried. I Still Have No Sinus Infection Symptoms And The Antibiotics Have Given Me Wicked Diarrhea. He Said To Stop The Antibiotics, But How Else Do You Get Rid Of An Alleged Sinus Infection? I Even Brought Him The Results From A Bone Scan I Had Done One Year Ago While Trying To Diagnose My Liver Pain And It Mentioned A Problem In My Jaw (like Deterioration) And He Said It Must Have Been From One Of The Teeth My Dentist Removed Last Week, Problem Is I Never Had Any Pain From That Scan Date Until 3 Weeks Ago When My Teeth Flared Up.
It Reallly Is A Joke, Albeit A Bad One..on Us.
Today I See My Liver Doc And I Am Going To Mention All Of This Too, Maybe He Has A Clue. You Never Know!
Good Luck To You Too.

 
Old 02-11-2008, 05:55 AM   #11
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oh vt, I don't blame you one bit for crying! I would be too! I don't know much about 'dry sockets' but shouldn't that have been apparent (noticeable) to the oral surgeon at your first followup visit on Feb 1?? That visit was about two weeks after the teeth were extracted, right? So now the diagnosis has gone from 'jaw infection' to 'sinus infection' to 'dry sockets'...and you still have swelling and pain (plus fever and diahrea now!)


What the heck were the needles that you got last Friday for?

I think you need to regroup...get organized, write everything down clearly and in point form and start by talking with your liver specialist...and then maybe a bone specialist and definitely get a second opinion from a different oral surgeon?? Is there someone who can go with you to these appointments? I've found that the conversation between doctor and patient is much different when a friend or family member is there. I know it helps me to have someone come along cos I'm just too busy trying not to cry!

I'm curious... what are the general symptoms of jaw bone infection and how many of them are you experiencing? How is a jaw infection diagnosed?

 
Old 02-11-2008, 11:52 AM   #12
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Try getting a Cone beam CT scan of your jaws and redo the bone scan. Cone beam being a name brand is offered by several diff. companies and is much clearer than exrays or CT scans. Maybe this is the route you need to help locate the problem. Please keep us updated.
best wishes!

 
Old 02-11-2008, 08:35 PM   #13
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Were you ever on Fosamax or any other similar drugs?

 
Old 02-25-2008, 11:22 PM   #14
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Be sure to get the bone scan with cipro as the tracer as well. This scan separates inflammation from infection. The cipro just goes to the site of the infection, whether it is bone or soft tissue.

Hope this helps a little.

Beth

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Try getting a Cone beam CT scan of your jaws and redo the bone scan. Cone beam being a name brand is offered by several diff. companies and is much clearer than exrays or CT scans. Maybe this is the route you need to help locate the problem. Please keep us updated.
best wishes!

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Old 02-29-2008, 02:53 AM   #15
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vtallison, you haven't posted for awhile...I'm just wondering how you're doing?

 
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