Will try to make this short. I have a back molar, right side, that broke. Went to dentist to fix it, said had small cavity, but large fracture. Dentist fixed the tooth, told me might need root canal or removal of tooth if hurts. Went home, tooth hurt for a week, which it usually does after a dental visit. Thought it was normal. 2 weeks later, in way to much pain. Pain to touch tooth, around tooth and shooting pain up to ear. felt under jaw, lump the size of a grape there!! Freaked out!!! Went to dentist, had x-ray, hard to read, dentist says looks like abcess as well as an infection on the gum around the tooth because its very red and has a lump beside it. Dentist felt lump under jaw, said it was a gland that was swollen and it happens under jaw with infections. Gives me big dose of antibiotics to take for 10 days. 2 in 1 antibiotic so one helps the other. Take it for 10 days. Lump goes away beside tooth, pain still there!!!
Lump under jaw still there but size of pea now. Called dentist and she didn't return my call so I went right away to my doctor. Doctor gave me another dose of antibiotics for 7 days, finish tomorrow. Still in pain at night and in the morning. Called dentist, removing the tooth next Thursday. Dont want root canal, fed up of pain, can't afford root canal, pulling the tooth. So my question is, why is the gland still swollen and how long does it take to go away???? Since I am treating the infection and abcess, am I ok to wait till next week to pull it. I have read that its dangerous and can spread to the heart and such. Please advise. Thanks so much