Posted : 1/11/2009 6:54:53 PM
Oh man you are talking about MY life. I had some pretty extensive root canal work done this fall -- and the last one was actually a 'repair' -- he KNEW before he went in that it was inflamed and I tried to ask him THEN for antibiotics. He told me "my body should deal with that". It didn't.
He had me open up the temporary filling (oh joy -- can you just imagine how much FUN that was sitting with a needle in my own mouth at midnight prying on a tooth that was already making me mindless with pain -- when I finally got it open abscessed infection rolled out like ... ewwwwwwwwwwwwww don't make me remember!!)
THEN he gave me antibiotics ... but it kept swelling and didn't drain. The body had actually formed a protective barrier around the tooth which wasn't letting it drain. I had to then go to an endodontist who put me on a different antibiotic AND pulled the tooth -- but it still really didn't go away. By the time I finished the antibiotics that round the infection was technically gone, but I have been in constant agony for the most part of FOUR months with this whole thing.
FINALLY it has begun to calm down -- but I still can't chew on that side.
It's like a story that doesn't end. Antibiotics, off ... more antibiotics (that I knew wouldn't work because of what he gave me) ... off ... then they actually pulled it which got rid of most of the "yuck" but then my body had to heal AND you have to hope you haven't gotten a dry socket. (that's this lovely think they threaten you with if you rinse too hard that really makes things worse).
Did they, in any of this, give you antibiotics?? You're going to have to call the guy who did it, or camp on his doorstep in the morning.
My problem is I can't take ANY of those big pain killers. They make me more nauseus than the pain. I just plain can't take ANY of them.
I feel for you -- but don't delay -- go back and make the dentist evaluate it. You may need to have antibiotics, OR you may have a problem with an abscess that hasn't drained or something.
When you have THAT much work done at once it is a huge trauma to the body. These new dentists who do "years of dental work in ONE easy visit while you SLEEP" -- I'm not sure that's such a hot idea because you may sleep while they pull them, but you don't heal that fast.
Depending on your age and general health it impacts this in a big way. Part of *my* problem is because I had psoriasis and rheumatoid arthritis both are auto-immune diseases. That cuts down what antibiotics I *can* take and it also increases (in a big way) how long it takes me to heal.
The orall maxillo-facial guy I went to told me I'd be three months more healing.