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Posted by Mike on October 17, 2000 at 10:19:38:

In Reply to: Swelling problems following absess/antibiotics posted by Mike on October 16, 2000 at 09:16:39:

It is now Tuesday and I went and saw my doctor last night, who basically said I needed to see the dentist as there was nothing he could do at that time. I made an appt with the dentist yesterday afternoon and have literally just got back from that appointment a few minutes ago.

The dentist has drained off the fluid under the tooth and has put me on a 5 day treatment of Metronidazole 200mg (for periodontal infection).

So, time will tell whether I can open my mouth more than 2cm in the next few days. I was hoping it would be an immediate release as soon as the fluid was drained, but no such luck. Guess my lymph node has to reduce first :(

Just one thing puzzles me...
Why would the fluid not be drained off immediately that the absess was diagnosed? Surely that would have been half the problem, and then fill it after? Why did I have to have the tooth filled first? Part of the original filling on that tooth was still there, so it wasnt as if there was a direct hole through to the nerve.
Granted he did give me the option of having the tooth drilled and filled originally, but as explained then, it was not financially possible. Would it not have made more sense to have got rid of the infection first by draining and then sorting the tooth out afterwards, or is there something I don't know, not being a dentist?

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