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nibot 09-19-2003 07:34 PM

2 weeks ago my husband had a bridge temporary on two teeth installed. 2 days later he started having very bad headaches. finally, 10 days later after taking on acetomin. and ib every 3 hours (1500mg) he called the dentist and they put him on an antibiotic. Now, after 5 days of religiously taking the antibiotic, he is still in terrible pain, head is tender on outside and a little "swollenish". I called the after hours dr. he says to wait till monday (fri eve now) he does not have a fever but is very sick. should i wait or go in to hospital? I dont want to overreact but i feel it could be something more serious. any one with some experience with this?


Tick Tock 09-19-2003 10:41 PM

A couple years ago I ended up in the hospital for 10 days on IV antibiotics and morphine because of an infection. I started with some pain twinges in one of my teeth. It got a little worse so I went to my dentist. He did x-rays and checked it out and said everything looked fine. BTW I love my dentist and he's very competent. There really was nothing that showed on the films.

I started getting waves of pain a few days later so went to urgent care. They checked me out and said it must be a TMJ problem. Try more Advil, hot washcloth packs and see a TMJ specialist. Ok, I did all that and made appt to see Oral Max. surgeon (3 week wait).

The following weekend the pain came in more frequent and EXCRUCIATING waves. I called the dentist on Saturday and he said, to start on amoxicillian and see him on Monday. OK, lots of Advil kept me going but still uncomfortable.

Sunday, I decided I just couldn't wait till Monday so I went to urgent care again hoping to at least get something more for the pain. They did about a 30 second exam and said to drive straight to the ER. They called ahead and had the on-call ENT there ready. I was admitted immediately and they thought I had an infected salivary gland and maybe a tumor on that gland. They did CAT scans, etc. Basically kept me on pain meds and STRONG antibiotics 24x7 for the 10 days. They ruled out cancer but were still worried that the infection would spread into my brain.

It turned out to be cause by my bottom left molar that was infected and needed a root canal and crown.

My recommendation would be to get it checked out.

Respo Mycojackson 09-20-2003 02:22 PM

This is critical - please read:

I developed all the symptoms of Fibromyalgia, plus migraines and IBS, from an infected tooth [several actually].

Last week I went in to get another extraction done, because a tooth had gotten infected. The pain associated with that infection went away when I used NO ANTIBIOTICS [because they don't kill these infections, for many people]. But I did use Goldenseal and Echanachia, H202, Vit.C, and warm moist heat. {if you ignore all the rest of this, please use the heat for sure, pain will go down a lot]

Thats the temporary solution. BE VERY WARY OF ROOT CANALS. They harbour the bacteria and viri and so on that can and does cause many chronic health problems. It has to do with the anerobic nature of root canals, a very bad bug grows where npo oxygen of blood flow exists. We are not told of this, partly because neither the doctor of dentist will cross over into the other's territory, and so nobldy looks a t it. [there is not even a blood test to shwo if tooth infections have markers in the blood that indictate systemic illness]. < See Focal Point Infection >

To avoid riuning the rest of his life, just get an extraction. Crowns and bridges maybe, but only if the pain and infections stay away for at least one year, or you just wasted your money. If problems arise during this time [when any dentist will be pushing you to get it done], then the root canal is harbouring strange bacteria etc., somehting dentists don't talk about!!!!!!!!, and his health will be in danger.

This is from my own experience. I was disabled for 15 years, had to stop work and everything, until I found out what the problem was, and why the doctors couldn't find much of a diagnosis. Once I got the dental extractions, health improved. Wide ranging problems, like low back pains, carpal tunel wrist, Irritable Bowel syndrome, leg pains, calf cramps, headaches,neck spasms, etc !!

It is not worth it , obviously, to keep teeth in this situation. But you will never find a professional who can help you decide what is the cause of the problem. Because modern mendical practise in to never look for the causes, because there is more money to be made with treating the symptoms. This get real ugly to consider that they may be doing it on purpose, but many people are coming to that exact conclusion.

tryingtofeelgood 09-24-2003 03:07 PM

don't wait. it sounds serious.

also, please update us on your husband's condition. i hope he is feeling a lot better.

ryanpaus 11-06-2003 11:07 PM

Respo Mycojackson how can you tell if there is an infection in a tooth? Will Xrays show an infection and will they show an infection EVER time or do you need MRI's and CT's to see an infection?

ryanpaus 11-08-2003 01:46 PM

[QUOTE=ryanpaus]Respo Mycojackson how can you tell if there is an infection in a tooth? Will Xrays show an infection and will they show an infection EVER time or do you need MRI's and CT's to see an infection?[/QUOTE]

Anyone have an answer?

tryingtofeelgood 11-09-2003 12:48 AM

[QUOTE=ryanpaus]Anyone have an answer?[/QUOTE]

Do a pulp test to determine tooth viability. A panoramic xray, an MRI with contrast and a 3 phase bone scan. Also, blood work - white blood count and SED rate. Finally, if infection is long term get a C Reactive Protein test.

I had an infected tooth, that my dentist said nothing was wrong. Here I am over a year later and 8 surgeries and a jawbone infection (osteomyelitis) I start Hyperbaric Oxygen therapy to restore the damage from the infection (more red blood cells and blood vessels) on Monday. Please, get to someone that understands this. Your dentist that gives you mouthwash should wash his hands because if you end up with a bone infection, it could be malpractice :bouncing:

Hope this helps and PLEASE update us as you can :wave:

ryanpaus 11-22-2003 02:06 PM

[QUOTE=ryanpaus]Respo Mycojackson how can you tell if there is an infection in a tooth? Will Xrays show an infection and will they show an infection EVER time or do you need MRI's and CT's to see an infection?[/QUOTE]

anyone got an answer?

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