Any advice for an ABSESSED TOOTH or two???????

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by jennypee, Mar 22, 2006.

  1. jennypee

    jennypee New Member

    I feel like I'm dying. I have at least one absess (sp?) and on top of my normal pain levels it's killing me.

    The lortab doesn't touch it no matter how much I take. I'm on antibiotics to curb the infection. I'm rinsing with warm salt water, using Sensodyn toothpaste, sometimes using orajel for numbing, and keeping the swelling down with ice.

    Basically doing everything I've heard of. Still, I'm in hell and hope someone has a miracle for me. I won't get to see a dentist until next Monday and even then it's just a consultation and xrays. I can only afford to get it yanked-- because I don't have insurance I have to pay up front.

    Please, please, does anyone know anything to help me?

    On a happier note, I'm planning on posting a picture of my niece's first birthday this weekend. I'm sure I'm hugely biased, but I'm convinced this child is the most beautiful genius ever to grace the earth, and I want to share her with my FMily.

    Thanks for your help!

  2. mbofov

    mbofov Active Member

    Have you tried Advil (ibuprofen)? It worked great for me several years ago when I had pain after a tooth was pulled. I had to take three 200 mg. tablets every four hours, but it worked great. (I would never take that much Tylenol as it can cause liver damage)

    I feel for you, tooth pain is no fun - I hope this helps -

  3. Cromwell

    Cromwell New Member

    To let you pay in monthly payments. Mine let me pay $10 a month. I was so pleased as this dentist we have now is good and when I took my autistic son he allowed me to use Medicaid. Yeh, most won't accept it. Danny gets Medicaid. Dan snr and I have to pay. I have great teeth, never a problem but the two dans--gee probl;ems.



    aNNE c[This Message was Edited on 03/23/2006]
  4. rosemarie

    rosemarie Member

    If you have a abcess DON't put a hoT pack on your cheek it will pull the incection through your cheek and cause a major infection. NO HOT PACKS ON FACE!!!!! I don't want to sound bossy but I have been a dental assistant for over 25 years and if you use a heating pad or a hot pack on your cheek it can pull the abcess infection through your gums and to your cheek muscles and in to yourface causing a open sore ,causing you to have a horrid infection.
    Use a cold pack on your face and CAll your dentist and get on a antibotic AS SOON AS you can.

    IF you can see the abcess and it has a white spot on it you can take a neddle and sterlize it and pop the head of the abcess and it will release the infection , but you need to rinse your mouth with salt water after doing this so you don't get the infection in your mouth and in to your blood stream, But you need so be seen by a dentist asap. Al so while you wait you can take a anitinflamorty like advil or ibphruen for the pain and inflamatation. And it will help a bit.

    But I can't stress it enough don't use heat on your face with a abcess or it will make you very sick and you could pull the infection right thourgh the cheek. And it is nasty.
    So see you dentist soon and get on a antibotic and if it is bad enogh go to the ER and have them give you a shot of a anitboitic and a pain pill. And they will recomend a densist to help you . Please if you liesten to anything don't use the heat on your face.

    YOU can make a salt water solutation of 1tablespoon to a cup of HOT water and rinse and swish this in your mouth and spit it out and do this 3 times a day and it will bring that abcess to a head and it may pop and let the infection drain and that will ease the pain too.

    And keep usuing the salt water as it will keep the infection from makeing you sicker. Use some advil for the pain it does help as I have just had two teeth have to have root canals and one abcessed and I had to have antibbotics twice to get rid of this infection. You wil need a root canal to clean out the dead nerve and open your tooth so that this infection can drain. YOu may have to have your dentist open up the abcess so that it can drain the infection so it will not get into your blood stream, Please get the taken care of asap. I worry about things like this. And putting the heat is so bad to do. Like I said of your face is swelling and it is night time go to the ER where they can see it and give you some antibitoics so slow down this infection. And they may even give you some pain meds and will have you take the ibphren 600 - 800 mg 3-4 time s aday

    I am really concerned about you. PLease listen to me and don't put heat any where near your face. It is so bad to do and it will really make you sick. Please seek medical attention right now.
    {{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{HUgs to you}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}


  5. Cromwell

    Cromwell New Member

    My mom's bag of salt is not to be used. A dental person just said this above. Please ignore my post I deleted the bit about warm salt, don't use that. Go with advice from the dental person.

    Gee, thanks for the correction.

    Love Anne C
  6. tandy

    tandy New Member

    I have an abcess right now too :(
    thats what caught my eye on this post~

    I wonder what pain med works best for teeth pain?

    Mines just crankin!! I barely slept 4 hrs since yesterday.
    The pain is so bad its crazy pain!
    I am on antibiotics. I just started them so hopefully theyll begin working soon.

    Your right,..Lortabs are'nt even helping. I hafta take them with an advil to get even slight relief.
    Sending you hugs
    from one abcess to another :)
  7. kch64

    kch64 New Member

    Is there a dentist in your area that can take emergencies?

    If not, go to an emergency clinic and they can prescribe an antibiotic until you can be seen by a dentist.

    Like the other lady said, rinse mouth with warm salt water.

  8. rosemarie

    rosemarie Member

    If your really hurting sometimes a ER will see you and give you a shot of a stong antibitoic to get you on your way to feeling better. And rinse you mouth out with hot salt water. Make a saline soution usuing 1-2 table spoons of salt in a 12 ounce glass. rinse your mouth every four hours and it sould help too. SEE you dentist. And being on a antibotic can take up to 48 -72 hours before it will start working. Sorry I am not much help .
  9. jennypee

    jennypee New Member

    To everyone who responded: Thank you SO MUCH for taking the time to advise me. I had my hubby read me your advice because I couldn't use the internet, (my brain goes into meltdown when I'm in serious pain,) and it really did help.

    The poor people clinic I went to was completely unable to numb it in order to pull it out. For the last several years anesthesia has not worked on me--- my body pumps it out as soon as they put it in and it doesn't phase me AT ALL. Not even the gas. My face will swell up and it will be breifly numb, but my darn system pumps it right out. Unfortunately, dentists never believe me until they see it.

    Luckily, I was forced to go to a specialist who tried to put me under general. They took additional x-rays and found a total of three absesses, just as I suspected. (The other place only found one.)

    I was awake through the entire procedure, and it floored everyone even though I warned them ahead of time. Thankfully I was numb enough that it didn't hurt except for a couple times. The anesthesist said he'd never given anyone that much med AND I STILL WOULDN'T SLEEP!

    I'm going to have them write me a letter to show my doctor. He never believes me when I tell him his pain drugs don't work on me. My mother had this same exact problem!

    If you've read all of this, thank you for caring. It's been a few days and I'm healing up fine. I love you ladies, and again, I am so thankful for all of you.

  10. tandy

    tandy New Member

    I wondered how you made out.
    Wow! 3 abcesses? thats terrible.
    You must have had some serious pain!!
    I have 1 abcess,...(and waited so long) dealt with the pain........ and it got so bad I could'nt think straight! could'nt sleep, every 2 hrs waking up with it throbbing!! needing pain meds.
    So,..what are they doing for you? antibiotics?
    Did you have any of them pulled?

    Mine is a front tooth! I'm bummin hard.
    I need major work done.
    and I'm still on antibiotics now.
    gotta go back this friday to the dentist~ yuk/uggghhhh!
    take care
    :) Tandy
  11. Shannonsparkles

    Shannonsparkles New Member

    I have a back tooth that has been hurting off and on for over a year, had a filling put in it too, and it was still bothering me.

    The last two or three days it has been aching worse, and now the gum around it is sore. The cheek on that side is starting to feel a little bit puffy and warm.

    Could that be an abcess?

    Are they hard to see in x-rays? I wonder because my dentist is really young (and her assistant is even younger and clumsy), and I am considering getting a better dentist to treat this if it is anything tricky. I'm not satisfied with the dentist I have right now.

    Appreciate any advice. :)
    (( )) Shannon
  12. darude

    darude New Member

    Just been to the dentist and had 2 extractions and three fillings. Have to go back again and they will put me under to have rest of top teeth removed (bottom are fine) and an immediate denture put in. Please be careful about swelling as it can cause a brain abcess which is serious. I will post some info I have on this. Oh and one exttaction was a root canal and a pressure pain I've had since illness has GONE!!!! Dentist said it was infected. Yikes
  13. darude

    darude New Member

    Left alone, abscesses can become quite serious. In the days before antibiotics and modern surgery, dental abscess was a common cause of death. Upon occasion, especially in the case of an untreated abscess of an upper front tooth, the patient can get a brain abscess which can kill him. This brain infection is called cavernous sinus thrombosis--

    Another killer is Ludwig's angina (See image to the right). This infection is caused by an abscess of a lower back tooth. The major symptom is severe swelling under the tongue, chin and neck. The swelling may become so severe that the patient can no longer breath. During and after the renaissance, but before the advent of modern dentistry, this infection was one of the most frequent causes of death, particularly among the wealthy upper classes who had access to large amounts of sugar.

    For a large part of human history, the only treatment for these death dealing infections was extraction of the offending tooth. Usually done with an instrument known as a pelican, and without anesthesia except for a bottle or two of whiskey (if the patient could afford it), the tooth was RIPPED out as quickly as possible, most frequently breaking the tooth. Even if the tooth broke leaving the roots still in place, the procedure could save the patient's life by affecting drainage of the pus and relief of the pressure of the abscess.

    Even today, extraction of the offending tooth is still a viable alternative for relief of a toothache. It is usually less expensive to remove a tooth than it is to do the root canal, however, many of the most damaged teeth must be extracted surgically which increases the cost of even this relatively less expensive alternative.

    But today, you can also opt to keep your teeth, even if they are painful or abscessed. You would do this to avoid the trauma of an extraction, and to keep your tooth. They don't grow back once pulled out! Properly treated, an endodonticly treated tooth remains a useful tooth with no continuing pain or abscess.

    WARNING: Once the pulp of the tooth has died off or been removed, the tooth no longer has its hydrating mechanism and becomes somewhat brittle and more prone to fracture. It is important that all back teeth (molars and premolars) that have been endodonticly treated have crowns placed on them to protect them from fracture and to restore their appearance.

    Crowns are a procedure done in addition to the root canal and increases the ultimate expense of keeping the tooth. However it is well worth doing since it protects the investment of the root canal and is a good part of an overall treatment plan. These teeth have root canals, and have been prepared to receive crowns.
    These are the crowns as they are received from the lab where they are fabricated. They are sitting on the plaster model of the crown preparations you see above.
    Crowns are generally made of porcelain and not only look like teeth, but tend not to stain and can be built to correct the bad appearance of crooked, discolored and malformed teeth. Front teeth are frequently crowned even without root canals just to correct the patient's smile. This is what the prepared teeth look like immediately after crowns are inserted.

  14. Shannonsparkles

    Shannonsparkles New Member

    I wish the pictures the article mentioned were available. :)

    How are you feeling today after all the dental work? Which teeth were pulled?

    Jennypee, sorry you have to wait so long for the dentist. The pain sounds horrible. ((( )))
  15. darude

    darude New Member

    One tooth in front and one in back!!!!!!!! The rest of uppers will be pulled and an immediate denture put in. Bottom teeth are all fine. I had perfect teeth before this illness. Anyway it went fine but I'm concerned about being put out but will get thru. How are you?
  16. darude

    darude New Member

    For all there is a website by a dentist named Spiller just do a search. TONS of infor there and pics of everything. Best dental site I've ever seen.
  17. kimfibro

    kimfibro New Member

    wow, sure is deja vu reading this today!

    about 6-8 months ago a piece of my back molar fell out. this tooth also has an old filling in it.

    well after all that time, it's finally a PROBLEM. had a horrible pain bout w/it over past few days. had it exrayed today and it will need to be pulled.

    the sad thing is i need to take antibiotics for 4 days prior to the extraction due to infection..........

    so it still hangs over my head....

    i'm taking percocet now for the pain, which sometimes is not present and then WHAM, it sends me thru the roof.

    glad to hear you're feeling better. it's not a picnic at all!!!
  18. leubie

    leubie New Member

  19. tandy

    tandy New Member

    did'nt even give me anything for pain!!!
    I'm hearing you all getting percocets and I'm
    wishing I had your dentists!!
    They gave me an antibiotic only~

    for 2-3 days it cranked so bad I could'nt barely lay my head down!! its better now thankfully.
    I gotta go back in for x-rays friday.
    I hate teeth and I hate dentists!!

    Sorry to see so many with abcesses,...they are NO fun.
    night all~

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