| | Abcess after root canal
I have anxiety disorder and a dental phobia. I waited to see a dentist until I had a serious problem with a tooth and needed a root canal. I got the first installment of the root canal and it wasn't that bad. However, about a week and 1/2 later, I started getting pain again until my face was swollen and I was in terrible pain. I always worried about the actual visit to the dentist, never about complications from a procedure. Now, here I sit in pain and scared and just want someone to hold my hand and tell me it will be alright.
While visiting my daughter across the country this past week, I started having problems with the treated tooth. It started with just a feeling a pressure and then progressed to a swollen face. I called my dentist and he prescribed antibiotics and pain reliever that I could get while on vacation. He asked me to call him when I got back in a couple of days. Thank God for Vicodin! It got me through the plane ride home, which my dentist was concerned would be painful because of the change in pressure in the cabin. It wasn't too bad, but the swelling increased last night and today. I saw my dentist today and he said he wanted the antibiotics to do their work before he opened the tooth and cleaned it. My gums are swollen and there is no hard area like I've read about, but tonight, now that the swelling is starting to recede, I do notice a very large blister on my gum. Does anyone know if I should call my dentist again to let him know or should I wait the five days until my appointment? Even my neck is swollen - the glands are all sore. He did tell me that it's because they are "doing their job." I don't think he noticed the blister when he looked.
Having the pain and swelling is bad enough, but with anxiety disorder, it's a real nightmare for me. Any words of comfort?