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Old 06-25-2006, 04:59 PM   #1
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Unhappy Thanks for your replies. So scared still...

I will report that witch of a dr. lady once I am feeling better.

Thank you all for your replies and shaking sense into me to get to the ER in the middle of the night. I am the weird type who never likes to go to dr.'s or take medicine...even an aspirin!
Well, I got 1,000 mg Penicllin, 800 mg Motrin and a bunch of Percocet. (isn't that stuff addictive?)
I am still feeling terrible and now have numbness in my entire left side (left bottom molar and gum are infected).
Dr. said it is a bad infection involving molar that was cracked and had the root canal but molar next to it is completely decayed and probably can't be saved. So 2 teeth out maybe when I get to specialist dentist. OMG.
I am so mad too b/c went to a new dentist just 5 weeks ago - he charged me $345 (I live in NYC) for a cleaning and full set of x-rays and x-ray of old cracked tooth and he warned me of NOTHING.

I'm just scared with these symptoms and the pain and numbness and being on so many meds my body has never taken before and now 2 teeth out....
My parents are away in Europe and I don't want to worry them, I have no close friends in this new city I'm living in and I'm so scared at night to go to sleep alone...that I won't wake up.
I guess I'm just asking somebody if you think I'll be okay or should I go back to the hospital tonight? Thanks for listening.


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Old 06-26-2006, 11:41 AM   #2
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Re: Thanks for your replies. So scared still...

Hi Alexa,

I'm glad you went to the ER! I have an aversion to doctors also, and actually saw dentist for the first time in my life last month. My husband pleaded with me for three days before I finally gave in. And let me tell you, I was in some pain.

Your antibiotic should kick in in a day or two, and you'll feel so much better when it does. I understand not liking medicine, but make sure that you *take* that until it's completely gone, otherwise the infection WILL come back and it will probably hurt worse. As for the percocet, some people do become addicted but I wouldn't worry about it unless you've noticed you have addictive tendencies. If the pain is still hitting you hard, I would definitely take one to get it under control. Then you can probably stick to the Motrin, if you prefer. I used to take 800mg of Advil when the pain flared up, and it did work wonders so long as I took it when the pain wasn't at it's peak. But if the pain *was* intense, it wouldn't work.

Are you wary of all medicine, or are you okay with homeopathic/natural treatments? If you are, see if you can get some clove oil (or is it oil of cloves? same thing, I guess). If you apply a little (and I do mean a little!) to the tooth that hurts, it's supposed to really numb the pain. I have not done this myself but know people who swear by it. I think it's one of the numbing agents in things like Anbesol and Orajel but much stronger in its pure form. Do not get it on your gums. Also, if you're not doing salt water rinses, they should help fight the infection and soothe the pain a little, too. Use half a teaspoon of salt in *warm* water.

I wouldn't go back to the hospital unless something else occurs or new symptoms pop up. If you're concerned, try calling and speaking to a nurse, who may be able to address your concerns without making you go in and sit in a waiting room for hours. Don't worry about sleeping, you'll be fine - and remember, the less sleep you get, the more stress you put on your body, and the more stress you put on your body, the harder the infection is to fight.

Wow, $345! I live upstate, and prices are much more reasonable where I am but I had $1,600 worth of extractions and x-rays done this month, and I'm due for another $1,400 in work when we can afford it. I ended up losing eight teeth in two visits, which is terribly embarassing to admit

I hope you're looking for a new dentist. I'm so happy that I got a good one the first time around.

Old 06-26-2006, 03:13 PM   #3
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Re: Thanks for your replies. Thanks Zabeth!

Thanks so much for taking the time to reply, ease my worries and give me advice. I did hear that about the clove oil and will try it. I love natural alternatives!
The salt water idea is working wonders as well.

I'm sorry you lost 8 teeth. Hope this will all be the end of teeth woes for you.
I realize fully now how important flossing and oral care is. I used to floss only a couple times a year! I have to be so careful now. Can't keep on having problems...I'm single and not making a high salary for the NYC area, so I will be in the poor house.

That pain sure scared me the other night but I am happy to say the antibiotics have finally kicked in and I'm not even sure if I will need another 800 mg Motrin tonight!
Tooth must be extracted next week after 10 days of antibiotics.

Thanks again and best wishes to you with everything.

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