Tooth abscessed. Am I risking a dangerous situation?
Felt dizzy the other night. Day later it didn't fade and a severe tooth pain accompanied it coupled with dizziness, lightheaded-ness, nausea, and over-all sickly feeling. (To backtrack a tad, the pain is caused by an impacted wisdom tooth which fragmented another. )My face feels like its on fire! My jaw is TENDER, swollen and I can open my mouth but enough to slide my forefinger in. That's all. Eating is a challenge. Even mashed potatoes. Goodbye solid food...for now. Last night I was eating such, slipping small portions in between what I could part. And then a sharp pain riveted in my jaw causing me to drop the fork. Today is Thursday. I had gone to the ER Monday. They did an X-ray, but said I needed to go to dental school across street in 1-2 days. Sent me home with Percocet and Clindamycin after numbing my mouth with 2 Novocaine shots. A week's worth. The clinic can;t treat my emergency until Sept 12th. Today's the 1st. ....What?!? The ER trip was my last resort, having no insurance. I've tried before and they pushed me off with painkillers. Telling me it wasn't a matter of life and death. What's worse is I started the Percocet/Oxycodone (Whichever name you choose) yesterday. It lasts for 2 hours TOPS. S'posed to be a 4 hour drug. My bones ache and I'm just plain exhausted. I'm trying to be a tough cookie but between my new diet and the pain that returns all too soon...I'm not sure if I can last 2 weeks. I just want to sleep this away. But I have to work tomorrow...else I wont have $ for dental visit. The strength on the painkiller is 5-325. Any ideas, help?
On a side note I've been denied Care Credit.
The dentist at the ER was saying my swollen cheek had also drooped, which she hadn't seen before. Yet she told her coworker she wasn't calling her superior for "this"
How can I convince someone that I NEED immediate help!
Is my life only as good as the insurance I carry???
Re: Tooth abscessed. Am I risking a dangerous situation?
You absolutely cannot last two weeks. Do not try.
I am shocked and horrified that you were dismissed from the ER with nothing but pain relief. Did they take your temperature? It sounds like you may have a fever, which is a sign that the infection is becoming really dangerous. It is certainly spreading beyond the one tooth through your jaw.
Tomorrow morning, you can go to NYU's dental emergency clinic. I've been there, it's a good place. You might have to wait a few hours, but you will get all necessary treatment. Yes, you'll miss a day of work, but if you don't you could die. And they have payment plans.
Better, NYU recommends Bellevue Hospital Center Emergency Room at 462 First Avenue at 27th Street for after-hours dental emergencies. You could call ahead and see if they have a dentist on staff.