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Old 06-23-2005, 08:02 PM   #1
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In tremendous pain, abcessed tooth!

I am in agony right now. My tooth has been throbbing all day long like a little heartbeat is in it. It's an upper left molar. I did see my dentist today and there is absolutely nothing he can do at the moment.

The problem is that the tooth is starting to abcess and he did prescribe antibiotics for that. However, the tooth directly next to it has a cracked filling he saw as well so I have both teeth causing me to hurt. I do feel like it may be the abcess causing most of it. I feel terrible. My teeth just throb and I've actually cried it's hurt so bad. I'm taking 2 xtra strength tylenol every 4 hours with 600 mg's of Ibuprofen for pain every 6 hours. He also gave me a rx for Darvocet N-100 and nothing has helped.

Before I got there this morning I took 600 mg's of the Ibuprofen and about 45 min later the pain subsided just a little. Enough to where I wasn't about to break down and cry from the throbbing pain. He had them xray the areas and then he took his dental tool and tapped on the teeth. Tapping was very, very painful. It's been the throbbing ever since then without relief.

In 1 week I have to go back for the root canal and also he's going to drill out the old filling and replace it. He did say that once he drills out the old filling that's cracked there very well may be deep decay that would require root canal treatment as well.

If I thought it'd stop the toothache I'd have it done tonight!

I don't know what else I can do that I'm not doing. I'm taking the medicine like he said. I've tried applying ice packs and avoiding putting pressure on it, no hot packs, etc.

If I am not better in the morning I'm going to call his office and maybe he can do something by tomorrow. I don't know???

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Old 06-23-2005, 08:11 PM   #2
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Re: In tremendous pain, abcessed tooth!

I strongly advise having an endodontist perform the root canal, unless your general dentist has done the procedure 100s of times. Maybe call all the specialists in your area and see who can squeeze you in. Most general dentists understand if you prefer to see an endodontist for the procedure. Until then, keep taking the ibuprofen (600-80mg. every 6 hours) and any antibiotics that were prescribed. The antibiotics can help alot!!!!!, especially if nothing is done for awhile. Getting rest helps. Use an ice pak on your jaw area. Keep your mouth clean. Rinse with warm salt water and gargle with listerine. Still, I'd probably call all the endodontists in my area, begging to come in pronto...

Old 06-23-2005, 08:28 PM   #3
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Re: In tremendous pain, abcessed tooth!

When the antibiotic kicks in full force you should start to see a difference, but don't stop takin them when it starts to feel better and also keep taking your pain meds. I know how awful it feels been on that road plenty of times...Good Luck hope you feel better soon!

Old 06-23-2005, 08:56 PM   #4
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Re: In tremendous pain, abcessed tooth!

ANTIBIOTICS WILL DO THE TRICK! Just stay on it until finished. This drug gets inside the tooth and kills off the infection that is causing your tooth to feel like a pounding volcano. TRUST ME.

Me, too...I thought I was all done and then they lay it on me that 2 more teeth need root canals. I am furious because this delays my partials several weeks. I think their office takes perverse pleasure in making me go without some teeth. It is beyond me how a dentist who has been working in my mouth missed 2 teeth rotting to the point of needing root canals. Decay is not obvious and I spotted it after I started using a tiny little mirror to check the backs of my teeth. I really feel my dentist is liable and neglectful.

You will feel better soon.

Old 06-24-2005, 03:36 AM   #5
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Re: In tremendous pain, abcessed tooth!

i hope you are feeling a little relif today. I have been in your shoes many of times and i know what you are feeling right now. If i could have ripped out my own tooth to stop the pain when it was happening i would have. The antibiotics will work but while you are waiting try the liquid ibuproffin. They help and try warm salt water swish it around your mouth. I hope it clears up quick for you.

Old 06-24-2005, 08:42 AM   #6
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Re: In tremendous pain, abcessed tooth!

If it were me....
I would call my dentist the next day and tell them the tooth still hurts despite pain meds and would like treatment immediately. Most likely, regardless of antibiotics, the tooth will need to be treated. Some like to prescribe them to "give it some time" but if there is an infection, the source needs to be removed regardless. If he/she cannot help you asked to be referred to another dentist who can get you out of pain.

But thats just my opinion....

Old 06-24-2005, 07:49 PM   #7
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Re: In tremendous pain, abcessed tooth!

I have been there twice and I know the pain you are in. I am so sorry. I agree that the antibiotics will help after another day or two. I know its hard when you're in pain, but try to hang in there and do not stop taking the anitbiotic.


Old 06-27-2005, 06:13 AM   #8
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Re: In tremendous pain, abcessed tooth!

Hopefully you have contacted the dentist by now. Stop taking all that extra strength tylenol, it can be toxic! If the motrin isn't helping, try 2 naprosyn every 6 hours. I also agree you need to be on antibiotics!!!! Let us know how you are doing!

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