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Old 03-29-2012, 04:30 PM   #1
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Pain months after teeth extractions

Hello, i wasnt sure if this was the right place to post this, i had done some googling (even after i told myself i wouldnt, because most of the time it seems like no matter what sympoms you search it always turns out to be something horrible) but i had searched a few key words and was brought to this website after seeing similar situations, but i wanted to post my exact one, so i could get some advise.

Almost a year ago, in July 2011 i had 5 teeth extracted from my top jaw, 3 on one side, 2 on the other all in the back. i had some cavities and some were wisdom teeth, and i hadnt been to the dentist since i was really young. and i had really bad pains on the one side and had all the ones on the top taken out that needed to be removed.

a few months after i started getting dull pains in the area where i had the tooth ache, and they became more frequent since then, and starting last week it had gotten REALLY bad, a few nights it hurt so bad, the entire side of my face hurt, my upper and bottom jaw, my cheek, behind my ear, and i also getting really bad headaches, i had tried taking advil, motrin PM to try to sleep, and some leftover penicillin i had from the surgery, after none of those helped i had taken one of the left over hydrocodone i had from after the surgery to hold me over until i was able to get an appointment at the dentist i went to.

The day i went into the dentist i wasnt in pain at all, just a little pressure on the side, and the dentist had looked in my mouth and poked my gums and hit my teeth with his metal mirror to see if it caused any pain, and it didnt, and i had explained the pain usually came at night after 7pm to about 5am (when i was usually in minimal pain and was able to fall asleep, with the help of meds i had) after the appointment he couldnt figure out anything from his inspection and from the xrays, so i had another appointment with the oral surgeon that had done my surgery a WEEK later (which was today) he had given me another perscription for penicillin, but later that night the pain came back again, horribly, it was so bad, i was pacing around my house crying and even thinking about hurting myself because i didnt know what else to do, and i dont understand where the pain is coming from or why its happening. so the next morning we called them to see if there was another thing they could do until my appoitment with the surgeon, and he called me in a perscription for ibuprophen 800 (generic for motrin) and i had taken those until my appoitment today, where the surgeon did the some kind of poking around and i was explaining everything over to him like the first dentist, and still he cant figure out whats wrong, but was persistant to assure me that it doesnt have to do with the surgery i had because the pain is happening to late after the surgery happened.. so he gave me a referral to ANOTHER surgeon at another dental place for the 3rd opinion (i havnt called yet, but i plan to tomarrow).

I just really want another opinion from here, so i can have another idea in my head and ease my mind, i am sick of hearing that they dont know what is wrong, and thinking to myself conspiracy theories that they know whats wrong and they did some damage and wont admit it, or that they make more issues so you have to keep coming back.

i know i just ranted a ton of stuff but to summorize my issue:
Months after oral surgery (almost a year now) i am having really bad pains in my jaw and it makes my whole side of my face and head hurt, and my neck at times. ive been drinking ALOT of water which somtimes seems to sooth the pain for a little while until i cant take the pain anymore. the pain happens throughout the day, but isnt to bad until the evening after 7pm (usually) through the night. I am currently taking penicillin 4 times a day, and ibuprophen 3 - 5 times a day depending on how long the pain lasts for. but even when i take the pain meds there is still some pain in the eventing where half of my face feels sore, and i cant lay my head down to sleep on that side, because its very tender to the touch.

Thank you for reading
- Tiffanie and Lansing, Michigan USA

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Old 06-23-2012, 04:16 PM   #2
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Re: Pain months after teeth extractions

If the Antibiotic is not stopping the pain, either ask for another type of antibiotic or there is no infection. Has the Dentist, Oral Surgeon inspected to see if the Sinus was perforated? for pain a medicine called Neurontin for nerve pain helps, but like all other pain meds once you stop taking it pain is back, so not curative.
I am suffering after extractions also almost 1 yr now, I understand where you are coming from and I feel same pain in all areas all day long. Can't work, can't talk, I wait forever to eat cause it hurts so GD much. I have to go to ER for antibiotics (no insurance) . Why are dentists allowed to mame us? this has to stop.

Old 10-09-2012, 11:43 AM   #3
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Unhappy Re: Pain months after teeth extractions

i have been suffering from the same problem since june of 2011 when i had an upper molar first root canaled and then extracted because it was discovered to be cracked.

i have seen numerous specialists including a periodontist who said my gums are fine, an ENT who ordered a CT scan and a course of aggressive therapy including Prednisone and Avelox. was not successful.
i have to take percocet when the pain gets bad and luckily my general practitioner is ok with that bc i don't abuse them.
am seeing a neurologist next.
was happy to read here about the drug Neurontin as i hadn't heard of it before and it may prove for some relief.

(I still wonder if it isn't sinus related as it is my upper row of teeth)
i have given up ever being pain free again.
am not even 50 and just a petite thing. keep having to have my teeth extracted every few years due to grinding the hell out of them at night.
even a night guard is no longer useful as the damage was done years ago. but i wear one.

is not wisdom teeth related as all of those were removed back in 1980.

hot and cold are excruciating. i use a $15.00 prescription toothpaste everyday now. nothing really helps.
i expect death will.

Old 10-15-2012, 11:29 PM   #4
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Re: Pain months after teeth extractions

In answer to your question, yes I am getting an implant on that tooth, they extracted it and the dentist filled it with what he called " Bone Powder" .. I assume it was some calcium compound, to help the bone grow. He said he will put in an implant next month. After reading all that can grow wrong with the implants.. yes I was stressed out. Actually I have a LOT of problems with my teeth ever since I was a child, knocked my front tooth out when I was 10, for which I have a bridge - lot of cavities filled, and some root canals and crowns. I really regret not having looked after my teeth when I was young.
When this tooth was not a good thing to have got a root canal in the first place.. and got a rootcanal, which was wrongly done.. I was suffering for past three months, eating soft foods, eating on one side only...on top of that, there was a lot going on my work front too. So I guess I could be grinding my teeth in my sleep. I had this problem few years back when I was under stress, my jaw ached and my dentist back home said I might have bruxism.( I think thats what it is called).
I will be going back home may be in 4 months, may be in 6 months.. can't say because of my job, have to leave when they say I have to. That brings it to my second question :
My dentist says after placing the implant next month, he will finish the crown 2 months after the implant, so that I can go home ( in case I have to in 4 months).. I read other threads where you said it is better to wait longer periods. Do you think it will be ok for me to have the implant soon ? Or should I wait.. which of course might be a problem if my job requires me to leave ?
I think this stress is more for me than anything else..
As far as the pain is concerned - if I am busy and don't think too much about it, it seems fine..
Thank you for your time.
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