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Old 03-25-2007, 05:47 PM   #1
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Angry Abscessed tooth causing other (sinus, UTI) infections?

Hi. I'm a 25 year old female- I think of myself as being pretty darn healthy. I eat healthy, I exercise regularly, I've never smoked and I rarely drink.

I do, however, have a lot of dental problems. Over the past several years I have almost all of my back molars worked on with "root canal therapy" and therefore I've spent a lot of time (too much time!) at the dentist. I've lost count how many I have had, but I've had well over $10,000 done in dental work, this I know (some covered by insurance...some not.)

Anyway. Here's the deal. Back before this whole fiasco began, I had a tooth that cracked. At the time I was poor and wihtout dental insurance, and didn't realize that if I let the crack grow I'd eventually lose the tooth. So I lost the tooth. Right before I lost it I had extremely bad pain in that area. I called a local dentist, he had me in and said immediately that the tooth needed to come out and prescribed antibiotics and a pain killer in the meanwhile.

Of course, I was terrified. I had no money and no dental insurance. The antibiotics took care of the infection (so I thought) so I foolishly thought I was healed. Ignorance is bliss, hm? The tooth eventually came out, but since it was towards the back, I didn't worry about it. No pain, no worries.

I eventually had to go back to a dentist due to another toothache on a different side of my mouth. At that point this dentist informed me that I would need a lot of dental work and I'd best get started immediately or I would risk losing more of my teeth. My parents agreed to help pay for my dental bills (thank goodness!) and we got to work. My dentist noticed that I was missing a tooth and that it hadn't fully come out- the root was still in. "That will eventually need to be extracted and we will do a dental implant." she said. But with all of the other work I needed to have done, that came low on the list.

Meanwhile a hard bump formed right on the gumline above where I was missing the tooth. I've now had that bump for two years. I still have not had this tooth fully extracted. I'm in a "break" with my dental issues for now (all of the major work has been completed, except for the dental implant and extraction of this "missing tooth").

So, here is what I'm getting to- for the past two months I've been getting infections like crazy, and NOT in my mouth. It started with a bad sinus infection and a swollen lymph node behind my ear, on the same side as the missing tooth. I took antibiotics and it seemed to clear, but the lymph node remained. I then began getting UTI's, and now I've had one after another- I do antibiotics and they dont' clear up. I feel okay when I'm on the antibiotics, but as soon as I stop- bam! There it is again. This is very unusual, as I am not prone to these and I haven't changed my behavior in a way that would suggest why I am suddenly getting these.

Sure enough, here I am today- I finished a round of antibiotics last Wednesday for the UTI and I'm feeling it again. This is the THIRD time in under a month. I also again have a lot of sinus pain/pressure and my throat is killing me. Plus I now have two more lymph nodes that have popped up- one in my neck and one in the back of my head towards my hairline. These are ALL on the same side as my missing tooth.

Given the bump on the gumline (it doesn't hurt when pressed, but feels tender and uncomfortable...it's very hard) and the lymph nodes and all of these sudden infections...could this "missing tooth" be abscessed? Could this be causing my bladder infections and sinus infections?

I am seriously wondering. I'm getting sick of being...sick!

I am booking an appointment with my dentist pronto. And back to urgent care for more antibiotics...

I've been seeing my primary physician, but so far they seem to be scratching their heads. I did have a CT scan done of my chest/heart/lung area and nothing looked abnormal there (no enlarged lymph nodes, masses, etc) so the lymph node swelling seems to be localized. I just can't figure out where the UTI fits in.

AFter two months of this, it has just now occured to me today that hey, this missing tooth, even though I have no pain in that area, might be abscessed and might be causing this.

Anyone with any ideas or suggestions, I'd love to hear them.

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Old 03-25-2007, 11:24 PM   #2
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Re: Abscessed tooth causing other (sinus, UTI) infections?

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I'm not a doctor by any stretch, but the hard lump under your gum might not be an abcess. Most of the time, you can drain an abcess by poking a hole in it etc. But also, abcesses usually, not always though, come with pain, especially if you can see a bump. Usually a bump indicates a build up of pressure and the pressure is what causes it to hurt. The hard bump you may be feeling, very well could be the tooth root trying to work it's way out of the gum. I've had the same thing happen with a root in my own mouth with the same hard bump on my gum. It was simply the tooth root working out after almost 5 years.
As for your UTI and lymph nodes, I'm not sure. These things could be related to your tooth or something completely different. I just thought I might give you something to think about with your tooth.
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Thank you so much for your response. I think that's kind of the weird thing about this bump. Back right before I lost the tooth (again, two years ago), I had severe pain and was on antibiotics and pain killers for it. That's when the bump formed. Since then, it's kind of gone up and down in size- at one point it was big and while I wouldn't say it was painful, it was definitely tender. It still is tender to the touch I could also put my finger up where I was missing the tooth and touch and I would get a weird odor/smell (sorry to be graphic) and I occasionally still get it if I put my tongue up in that area or put a lot of pressure in that space, or when I am brushing my teeth.

I fear that the abscess hasn't healed and instead of causing pain in my mouth, it's now causing pain/infection in other places and that's what's causing me to feel so poorly. None of my symptoms clearly match to anything else except this. I feel like I have an infection somewhere in my body that I can't get rid of- the lymph nodes enlarging, the non-stop UTI's, the sinuses bothering me...it's all making me wonder what in the world is going on and why I can't seem to heal from any of this. And truthfully, to me, this seems like the "easiest" solution to me being suddenly, constantly sick. I should not be like this. There's no other obvious rhyme or reason.

I'm really interested (and kind of scared) in what my dentist has to say...

 
Old 03-29-2007, 06:03 PM   #3
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Re: Abscessed tooth causing other (sinus, UTI) infections?

I've have similar problems.

Since developing a tooth abscess in upper molar, in September, I had a viral infection on throat, viral bronchitis, stomach virus. Re-occuring tooth infection after 2 rounds of antibiotics and a root canal. Temperature also spiked a lot but was still within normal range so they didn't believe it was significant, even though I did because I know my own temperature range. While I had my tooth (now extracted) I would get lots of sores in my mouth, especially toungue. They seem to have gone now and not getting them at all. I started having problems with 1 tooth, now my other side is hurting (upper molars) but can't detect any one tooth its coming from. Although they are sensitive to cold and hot.

I've also have more frequent urination, soar throat and sinus troubles like Post nasal drip and facial pressure. My teeth ache in my upper jaw and have a lot of fillings. The PND just sucks and inteferes with work and college.

Urine cultures have been negative, still awaiting ENT doctor appointment here in the UK which could take upto 2 years! and going to see dentist again on tuesday to demand some x rays. I really want to prevent this stuff. I really eat healthy, I don't drink or smoke and I generally take care of myself.

I seem to get tired easily now too, like within 6-8 hours of being awake im already tired. This was never like me before. I have had more good days since tooth removed, but still have plenty of bad days.

matt

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Old 04-01-2007, 11:10 PM   #4
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Re: Abscessed tooth causing other (sinus, UTI) infections?

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I've have similar problems.

Since developing a tooth abscess in upper molar, in September, I had a viral infection on throat, viral bronchitis, stomach virus. Re-occuring tooth infection after 2 rounds of antibiotics and a root canal. Temperature also spiked a lot but was still within normal range so they didn't believe it was significant, even though I did because I know my own temperature range. While I had my tooth (now extracted) I would get lots of sores in my mouth, especially toungue. They seem to have gone now and not getting them at all. I started having problems with 1 tooth, now my other side is hurting (upper molars) but can't detect any one tooth its coming from. Although they are sensitive to cold and hot.

I've also have more frequent urination, soar throat and sinus troubles like Post nasal drip and facial pressure. My teeth ache in my upper jaw and have a lot of fillings. The PND just sucks and inteferes with work and college.

Urine cultures have been negative, still awaiting ENT doctor appointment here in the UK which could take upto 2 years! and going to see dentist again on tuesday to demand some x rays. I really want to prevent this stuff. I really eat healthy, I don't drink or smoke and I generally take care of myself.

I seem to get tired easily now too, like within 6-8 hours of being awake im already tired. This was never like me before. I have had more good days since tooth removed, but still have plenty of bad days.

matt
Our stories sound pretty similiar! How crazy. I had my tooth extracted on Wednesday and received a phone call on Thursday from the doctor that said my urine culture from Monday for a suspected UTI was negative- but here I am still feeling like I have a bladder infection! And antibiotics aren't helping! So something is definitely weird there.

The dentist took a look at my mouth and thinks that while I have had a lot of work done, I don't have much left- they extracted the tooth and the tooth behind is needs a bit of work due to decay, and that's about it. She didn't take any X-rays, however. I go back tomorrow to get more work done and she will take them then. I feel it's very important just to see if she can see anything weird going on in that area.

I have so many swollen lymph nodes on the right side of my neck that it makes that side of my neck and face feel slightly stiff, almost that same "tightness" you feel if you have really dry skin. It's been like that for a few weeks.

I also go back to my primary care physician tomorrow. I haven't seen her in 3 weeks (unfortunately I've been to Urgent Care more times than I can count since I tend to get really ill during my doctor's off hours) so it will be interesting to see what she has to say. I'm going to ask her to refer me to a urologist and an ENT.

I hope you find some answers! I hope I do too, LOL. This has been going on for two months and I'm tired and sick of it. I'm trying to eliminate all of the culprits- so if my teeth aren't causing it, at least I can scratch that off the list and move on to something else!

Keep me updated if you find some answers!

 
Old 01-14-2009, 12:23 AM   #5
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Re: Abscessed tooth causing other (sinus, UTI) infections?

hey sillygirl,

I too have had a very hard bump over a cracked tooth (which was so generously provided by a dentist who was doing a root canal on it)...(also cracking the tooth, he sliced my cheek open). This was relatively two years ago I'd say.

for about the past few months I have been having terrible sinus problems, post-nasal drip, and throat problems. Also some back pain. I've seen numerous doctors ER visits tons of medicines but none of it seems to work. I too have a sinking suspicion that it could be caused by the tooth.

Recently I developed an abscess around the lump and went to the dentist. they finished the root canal, gave me antiobiotics and put a crown on. I'm not yet sure if this is the cause as I am to go see another ear, nose, throat specialist.

If you receive any new information I would greatly like to hear it, as I will post any new info on my end.

thanks,

this definetely sucks living like this, makes it hard to do normal activities. and makes life a living hell...hopefully they can figure it out.

 
Old 01-14-2009, 12:29 AM   #6
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Re: Abscessed tooth causing other (sinus, UTI) infections?

Matt,

I am curious to find out if you hear anything. The PND is a big one on my end. Do you also have the hard bump? The PND effects my breathing and it makes it very difficult for me to fall asleep. I've had tons of x-rays on chest, back and lungs and everything comes back fine.

as stated below, I had the abscess that developed on the lump...which has been there for 2 years now. The abscess has been taken care of but the other symptoms haven't gone. Def. would like to hear if you have any new info.

 
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Re: Abscessed tooth causing other (sinus, UTI) infections?

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Thank you so much for your response. I think that's kind of the weird thing about this bump. Back right before I lost the tooth (again, two years ago), I had severe pain and was on antibiotics and pain killers for it. That's when the bump formed. Since then, it's kind of gone up and down in size- at one point it was big and while I wouldn't say it was painful, it was definitely tender. It still is tender to the touch I could also put my finger up where I was missing the tooth and touch and I would get a weird odor/smell (sorry to be graphic) and I occasionally still get it if I put my tongue up in that area or put a lot of pressure in that space, or when I am brushing my teeth.

I fear that the abscess hasn't healed and instead of causing pain in my mouth, it's now causing pain/infection in other places and that's what's causing me to feel so poorly. None of my symptoms clearly match to anything else except this. I feel like I have an infection somewhere in my body that I can't get rid of- the lymph nodes enlarging, the non-stop UTI's, the sinuses bothering me...it's all making me wonder what in the world is going on and why I can't seem to heal from any of this. And truthfully, to me, this seems like the "easiest" solution to me being suddenly, constantly sick. I should not be like this. There's no other obvious rhyme or reason.

I'm really interested (and kind of scared) in what my dentist has to say...
I am having the same things! I had a cracked tooth that had to get a root canal. The tooth became painful and infected under the crown years later. Now I have PND and pain and headaches along with the UTI's . I am sick of feeling the pain and swelling in my head. Antibiotics help, but after I am off them, the sore throat and sinus infection come right back. I once had an outbreak of sores all over my mouth and tongue. I feel tired and sleepy all the time. If any of you found the right treatment, let me know please!

 
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