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Old 07-02-2002, 09:04 AM   #1
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Unhappy possible abcess???? worried!!

Hi, I'm new here, I do have a few questions, please help, its now tuesday morning, and since last wedsday, i have had what my dentist thinks is a dental abcess... the swelling started wedsday, and it got pretty big, there entire mass of the swell on my lower jaw might be the size of a golf ball, maybe a tad smaller, anyways, it was VERY VERY pain full for friday, saturday, sunday and monday, I started a antibiotic at 8am friday, so that make 4 FULL days of treatment, the pain, this morning isnt too bad, its managable, but the swelling has not subsided at all!! Isnt 4 days of antibiotics enough to make it start to go down...if it is enough, then what the heck do i have growing there, about a month ago, i broke the molar which lyes directly above the abcess...and after about a week, there formed a pea sized lump underneth it, that was not painfull, but it sprung up within a week, now, 3 weeks later, its just it a tumor, do tumors grow from pea sized to golf ball sized in the matter of 48 hours, im so worried, and my dentist now say to take the meds for 10, and if swelling doesnt go down, to call him then...that seems like an awful long time?!?!? I guess what im asking is....does this sound like an abcess, being its so big and has lasted so long, and secondly, if it isn't, what is it?? the entire side of my gumline, from my lower insisors back to the rear-most molar is I doomed??? any advice would be greatly appreciated bty, this major concern stems from a phone call i made to my local ER last night, I told the doc my situation, and he said those scary words..."well, if the antibiotic hasnt taken hold in 4 days, you have something more severly wrong!!!" wow, i though i couldn't sleep before...

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Old 07-02-2002, 12:13 PM   #2
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Sorry to hear about your pain. I personally would NOT mess with an infection like that. I would either demand that my dentist see me again (TODAY) or I would go to the emergency room. I've always been told not to mess with any type of infection because it can become serious. I'm not trying to scare you, but you need to have this looked at again. Good luck

Old 07-03-2002, 05:31 AM   #3
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Sometmes one antibiotic will not work and you have to switch to another to finish the job. The main thing is when you get an antibiotic that is working, continue taking it for the full 10 days. If not a few little bugs will survive and become resistant to that antibiotic. Thus making it harder to cure next time it gets infected. I agree if you are not seeing marked improvement by four days, see your dentist ASAP or go to an emergency room.

Old 07-03-2002, 12:30 PM   #4
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Wow that is big for abcess. I would go to another dentist for second opinion or emergency room ASAP.
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Old 07-03-2002, 04:10 PM   #5
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I continue to read that antibiotics cannot "get into"
a tooth. Research it yourselves. That the dentists give them because they think we "believe" it'll help and we'll think they're trying to help us.
I'd get to a gum specialist right away (periodontist). You Do Not tell the specialist or his receptionist you've seen a dentist or he WON'T SEE YOU!! After he treats you, then you can tell him about your dentist. That way you get the Best treatment available--MUCH better than an ER intern like the one who screwed up my husband's finger infection. He listened to me and went to a dermatologist: problem solved. Keep us posted and good luck; this is serious!! Aster

Old 07-03-2002, 07:07 PM   #6
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so, anyone have any ideas on what it is, the pain seems to be almost completey gone now, and it seems to be getting smaller, like its starting to go to a grape size now, almost like it centralizing to one confined area now, i hope this is getting better...the denitist i called today, told me again, to wait for the entire 10 days, but to come back if it gets any bigger...he said sometimes it takes more then 3-5 days for it to start taking affect...i hope so, especially with the long weekend upon any ideas what it sounds like to u guys...a tumor, or an abcess out of control??

Old 07-04-2002, 09:40 AM   #7
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I'm sorry you're having that pain. I had an abscess, but it was because of wisdom tooth removal. My walnut lump went to a golf ball lump within the course of a day. I had been on Clindamyacin for a week, but as the oral surgeon explained, abscesses need to be drained if they don't respond to the antibiotic. Once he opened my extraction site back up and drained it, I got better very quickly. If it's getting smaller, you should be okay, but if it gets any larger, call the dentist right away. You don't want to mess with an infection in your head, as the nurse told me.

Old 07-07-2002, 11:59 AM   #8
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Hi Doubleobondo: I have something very similar to what you are describing and it is also next to a molar that is infected. (Long story). My new dentist says it is a fistulous tract. The infection at the root of the tooth works its way up and out via the gum. This may be what you have.

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