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Dental Abscess

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Comment from: Chris, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 29

I had a wisdom tooth pulled and it wasn't healing, turns out it had an abscess. I had to go to an oral surgeon to have it drained. I'm guessing that all the infection was taken out. Seven days later and I still have some pain and a big knot on my jawline.

Comment from: Margaret, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: July 10

I have had extreme pain for weeks from my dental abscess. It is financially crippling, destructive to one's self image and lastly time consuming and lengthy. It took over 2 months for surgery, healing and denture fittings.

Comment from: Angelz, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: June 05

I have a distally impacted abscessed wisdom tooth. I have had difficulty finding an orthopedic surgeon to remove my tooth for 18 years due to it being partially secured by a mercury filled tooth next to it and the positioning coming too close to the brain stem. So no orthopedic surgeon or other specialist wants the liability to remove the tooth on its own. About 8 years ago it got infected, I got a horrible taste in my mouth, and high fever. I was given antibiotics but told no one felt comfortable removing the tooth at the best clinic in my city. Two years ago a tumor was found behind this tooth and a new orthopedic surgeon said he would attempt to remove it and the tumor if I signed a non-liability consent form that stated I knew the probability of coma or death was at least 85 percent. This cancels my life insurance and I did not want to die leaving my child without any parents so I did not get the surgery, and it has repeatedly gotten infected to the point I cannot take any more antibiotics as I have immunity now against the highest strain of antibiotics. I am in so much pain each day and it is only a matter of time before it goes septic and I die. My mouth tastes like battery acid probably tastes every day this past week, my vision is going, the headaches are unbearable, and there is ringing in my ears. My life is miserable and so have the past several years been, I would not wish this on anyone.

Comment from: linnie_blue, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 16

I had jaw surgery 25 years ago to correct my bite, in conjunction with braces. I've always taken very good care of my teeth, and very rarely have a cavity. I recently developed a huge abscess in my jaw and 2 bottom teeth. I saw my dentist immediately and x-rays showed that the abscess was caused by the metal implant that had been in place for the past 25 years! Dentist said the trauma of having a foreign object present can affect the gums and teeth at any time. The implant was causing the roots of the nearby teeth to die, so antibiotics and root canals for me! Fun! Now I'm worried about all the other metal in my mouth and body!

Comment from: John Shanks, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: September 27

I had a dental abscess which was treated with amoxcillin which took care of it at least for a little while. I need to get it pulled but until I get my dental insurance from work I am kind of stuck because I do not have the money to get it pulled. Now it is sore again and this time caused some vomiting.

Comment from: FED_UP, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: December 18

I have had one tooth after the other extracted. One infected, one broken, one abscessed... etc. I had the most recent one 2 and a half weeks ago. I had terrible pain several days afterwards, but it didn't seem like dry socket. My dentist didn't return my phone calls. I went to Urgent Care; the nurse practitioner prescribed clindamycin, 300 mg every six hours. I thought that would take care of things but I have still had severe, intermittent pain (and some tenderness in the facial area). I will be seeing the dentist again soon.

Comment from: I am in pain, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: August 09

Ouch, dental abscess is no fun, even with novocaine the draining hurt terribly, and I cried all the way home. Hoping antibiotics work and I'm better soon.

Comment from: Milord, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: April 04

I had a dental abscess treated today. It occurred rapidly (about 2 to 3 days) about a month after having an implant to replace an adjacent tooth. It took about an hour to anesthetize, drain, scrape and suture the infected area.

Comment from: Al Gorithm, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: January 06

I endured an awful weekend with fever, pain and general malaise. This morning I noticed a white spot on my gum. I barely touched the spot with a needle and foul pus erupted. I got almost immediate relief from the pressure and pain. Later the fever subsided and I felt much better. I didn't know that what I had was a dental abscess. I fear I'm going to lose the tooth but I won't know for sure until I see my dentist. Draining the abscess may not have been the right thing to do so don't use my example as what should be done.

Comment from: Latosha, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: February 24

I have been having pain on and off with my tooth for a while now. Well, three days ago the pain came back worse than ever with half my face swollen. I went to the emergency room and they gave me pain killers and antibiotics and told me to get to a dentist but I have been hearing that they can't do anything since my tooth is infected.

Comment from: nake715, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: October 10

I am experiencing occasional jaw pain, this particular pain on the coronoid process and the surrounding muscles. The swelling started tonight, on 10/7/2016, in the FSM (facioscapulohumeral muscle). I am very worried due to the fact I have white patches in my mouth. My local hospital is not efficient and equipped to conduct such examination. I am expected to undergo a buccal mucosa biopsy on Wednesday.

Comment from: jones39, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: January 13

I just recently had gone to the dentist for a broken tooth that got infected. They put me on an antibiotic called Clindamycin, which I was to take three times a day until gone. The pain subsided a little, then came back with vengeance and worse than it was before. I went back to dentist and once more they gave me the same antibiotics.

Comment from: callie, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 16

I've had my gums, face and jaw swollen for three days now. I'm on antibiotics amoxicillin for two days. The pain is almost unbearable!

Comment from: metacat, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: September 02

I got an infected gum. I had a filling, and antibiotics. The filling fell out. Then I got it refilled. Then it got infected again. Yesterday I went to dentist. It cost $200 to drain the infection and get medication injected into the sore. From then on my problem went from bad to worse. Now my face is swollen and hard, and the pain is only bearable due to copious quantities of Codeine/paracetamol. I am at my wits' end.

Comment from: [email protected], 45-54 Male (Caregiver) Published: July 09

My boyfriend developed his tooth abscess last week. It went from bad to worse in no time. He finally went to the ER and was given Penicillin. He went back 2 days later and the doctor tried to drain it, with no luck. He woke up the next morning with his face worse, so we went to a different ER. The doctor said the other doctor should have never poked it or tried to drain it! He gave him a big booster of antibiotics.

Comment from: krystal, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 27

I have grinding issues to this day. I only have a few rotten teeth left on bottom front. I've also had acid reflux for 20 years.

Medically reviewed by Joseph T. Palermo, DO; Board Certification Internal Medicine/Geriatric Medicine

REFERENCE:

Laskin, D. "Anatomic Considerations in the Diagnosis and Management of Odontogenic Infections." JADA 69 (1964): 308-316.

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