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Old 09-07-2008, 02:02 PM   #1
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I have no idea if my wisdom tooth is infected, but theres something really wrong going on.
I have a dentist apt Thurs but I don't even know if I can wait until then.
It started about a week ago, the gums around my left wisdom tooth becoming swollen, so much that I couldn't close my mouth, it was bad all week, but yesterday and today I've been up with a fever and my throat kills, so much that I can't swallow. The pain in my wisdom tooth is almost unbearable, I can't eat anything because the flap of gum is so inflamed, and my throat hurts to much to be eating anything besides and my face and lymph nodes are swollen.
I'm assuming that this is an impacted wisdom tooth? I have been taking Advil for the pain,but it doesn't seem to subside much. The fever has almost gone away, but I'm guessing that is a sign of an infection.
Any insight would be great.

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Old 09-07-2008, 02:04 PM   #2
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Re: Infected Wisdom Tooth?

OOh, I am so sorry, been there, done that! It sounds like you have an impacted and infected wisdom tooth. If I were you I would go to the ER. They will give you some antibiotics and a pain killer to help you get through until you can see your own dentist.

I am really sorry for your pain.


Old 09-11-2008, 02:47 PM   #3
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Re: Infected Wisdom Tooth?

How did your appt go? I had crazy pain from an impacted wisdom tooth too and just went to the OS today to have all four out. I'm a little sore but nothing like I was before. If this takes care of the problem it'll have been soooooo worth it. Good grief tooth pain is horrible. I feel your pain. Let us know how you're doing.

Old 09-11-2008, 03:14 PM   #4
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Re: Infected Wisdom Tooth?

I had my apt Monday. The dentist said it was infected indeed, and prescribed me some antibiotics.
She also told me to rinse my mouth with listerine every little while, and where the flap of gum is down over the tooth, food can get dislodged and stuck in there, therefore its important to keep it clean. She suggested buying a syringe and squirting the listerine in to wash out anything that shouldnt be there.
Since monday my tooth pain is gone and the antibiotics are greatly helping the swelling! I can actually eat now! Its nice.
She told me I needed to have a consultation with an oral surgeon with regards to getting it removed, and that may take months to even get an apt.
As of now, the antibiotics are helping along with the advil, and the listerine is great.
If it stays like this and doesnt bother me I might save myself a few hundred dollars and keep the tooth.
We'll see

Old 09-11-2008, 09:03 PM   #5
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Re: Infected Wisdom Tooth?

Been there done that and I can oh so feel for ya. They wanted to take my wisdom teeth back in October of 07, after nearly biting the dentist when taking a half baby tooth he recommended me a surgeon. Having medicaid OS aren't covered. Having a great fear of the dentist doesn't help either. After battleing pain off and on till May of 08, I finally saw the OS. 2 weeks later he did IV sedations and he pulled the offending 4 teeth. I was having so many problems eating, often in extreme pain. I had es vicodin because of back pain, talk with my pain specialist as I have a narcotic paper I had to sign to get pain meds. He told me to go ahead and use the ES vicodin until I was able to get in with the OS and get the offending teeth out. Let me tell ya oragel, rinses, the antibotics and the ES vicodin didn't take care of the problem mostly took the edge off and that barely. So I can definately feel for ya.

Incidently both my OS and he was a very good OS at that, and my pain specialist kept in contact especially in regards to my care, and also with my pain meds too. My primary doctor was also informed. My only draw back is because of other health issues and having an immunity to various antibotics is why the infection took forever to go away. I can usually only take anti's like z-pac, augmentin and the likes, however with medicaid unless my primary has samples of some other anti's my medicaid only covers ammoxicillian of which doesn't do diddly for me. At least without having to be on it for 2-3 months and it takes at least that long for me to get the infection out. URGHHH. The resistance is due to my asthma, and having bronchitis numerous times throughout my life.

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