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Posted by Joanne on November 06, 2000 at 22:19:03:

This is my first time. First I would like to give you a little history. I am 59 and have had numerous dental problems all my life. Most of my mouth has crowns and I have a permanent bridge on my on my lower left.I had peridontal disease back in 74 where I have surgery on my gums (3/4 of my mouth). I have always gone to the dentist, did whatever they suggested, and I am getting very frustrated. I have had an infection on the #4 tooth on my upper right. The pain started in July while on vacation. I took Advil after 4 days of tolerating the pain. When I returned, I immediately went to my dentist. Took xrays and found that I had an infection. He also found that tooth was loose and had a crack in it. He perscriped an antibiotic which worked and relieved the symptoms, but he recommended that I go to an oral surgeon and have the tooth pulled. I went to one and he recommended the tooth be pulled and have an implant done as the xrays showed that the teeth on each side of the bad tooth was not strong enough to support a bridge. As I couldn't get an appt. until Nov. 13th. In Sept. I had another flair up of the infection whereby I was given more antibiotic which again relieved the symptoms. Both times, the tooth was very painful. Then, about two weeks ago, I noticed what I can only describe as an oversize canker sore with pus in it. This did not hurt at all. Went to the dentist, and again, another round of antibiotics but this time it did not get rid of the problem. Called again, and he said that it will not go away until the tooth is pulled. After reading some of the other comments, I feel this is only the beginning. I, also, flossed my teeth daily and over the years I was going for quarterly or 3X a year for teeth cleaning. My dentist said this could also happen to the other two teeth that are on each side of the bad teeth. Am I going the right way with this problem? Help!!!

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