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Dental Abscess

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Comment from: Rabit, 65-74 (Patient) Published: October 05

I had a root canal and 3 rounds of 500 mg amoxicillin. My dental abscess is still present and gets worse every time it recurs.

Comment from: Keyhole_12, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: August 22

During a scheduled 6 month teeth cleaning, the hygienist noticed one area in my gum line that had receded. Several x-rays were taken, and it was found that part of my jaw was eaten away, due to an abscess on a tooth that already had a root canal done on it years earlier. The only option was to yank the tooth and prepare the area for an implant (in progress). Other than the evidence of the receding gum area, there was no pain whatsoever to indicate a problem was present! Nothing.

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

I went to the oral surgeon, he decided to drain and rinse the dental abscess. It was not in the tooth socket like most people have with wisdom tooth extraction, but in the side of my cheek towards the jaw bone, I think it might have been where the novocaine was injected during the extraction. So he numbed me with novocaine again, or tried to, but I still felt a decent amount of pain as he used a scalpel to open a 3/4ths inch slit in my cheek to drain it. I was also given clindamycin.

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

I experienced left testicle pain one month back. Doctor gave me Ciproxin which reduced the pain but not completely. I cannot sit for long hours without pain. I went to the urologist then who gave me pain killers and they did not work either. Now I am getting ultrasound soon. I think long rest may be needed to relieve this pain.

Comment from: ATT, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: February 09

My story goes back to a root canal I had a couple years ago in my teens (I am now 24). The doctor did the root canal wrong and left a small hole in both the teeth he operated on and I have had trouble ever since. About two or three years after he did them I got my first abscess on the outside between the two teeth he worked on. I got that surgically drained and treated. We thought that was the end until a couple months ago in August I woke up with severe pain and fever. After getting a dental checkup I was found to have an abscess and was prescribed heavy antibiotics but still ended up getting the tooth pulled. Now in February I am having the same trouble but much worse. I have been to the dentist every day this week getting the tooth drained and cleaned with chemicals and I am on heavy antibiotics four times a day, still my face is swelling and I feel generally terrible. Though this time my dentist left a small hole in the tooth with cotton in it to allow the pus to drain all night and this has been the most relief I have gotten. Before it was hard to swallow now I can at least swallow fine though my appetite is gone anyway. I have to go back tomorrow for another draining and to (hopefully) get the tooth closed, if the swelling has gone down. At this point my dentist is fearful of my general health and advised me that if anything feels wrong that I must go to the emergency room immediately. I don't feel any more pain so that's great but I do have a slight fever (went down by a lot) and walking, standing, doing anything makes me extremely tired.

Comment from: Chrissy 629, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 30

I had a tooth that's been bothering me for a while, I kept taking antibiotics for the dental abscess and the pain would go away. I kept putting going to the dentist off which led to severe pain.

Comment from: [email protected], 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 06

I have so much pus between bridge and gum because of dental abscess. I can hardly eat, so much pain. There is odor and pus pours out making me so sick. The doctor refuses to help me. It is almost 2 years now. It was messed up from the beginning; I am suffering so badly. Always cleaning them and rinsing. Nothing works. I have 6 front teeth bridge. What did she do to me!

Comment from: Lizzie, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 08

Upper Molar had large filling. Filling cracked and had root canal done. Dentist warned of possible problems as the nerves were dead and pus was in the tooth canals. Was sent home with antibiotics and to wait and see prior to completing crown work. Within under 2 weeks developed pain in jaw, ear area, and along tooth site. Went for an x-ray and dentist say large pus ball. She describes my roots as 2 that were straight and one that had a curve in it. The curved root was difficult to do the root canal. This was the root with the pus ball which reached up into my sinuses. Sent home with stronger antibiotics and pain killers to return on day 7 of the treatment for extraction. I wanted to save this tooth, but cannot. I believe the dentist tried all available treatments to save it. Currently on the treatment prior to extraction.

Comment from: Visions, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: September 09

I had a tooth extraction. After that, I got an abscess in the extracted tooth. My dentist didn't give me anything for the infection and she only told me to take ibuprofen!

Comment from: Virginia, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 09

I had an old silver filling the dentist thought should be replaced due to a possible crack in the filling. The filling removal caused the tooth to crack. Then a crown was needed. The crown was not filed correctly, and intense pain followed. Eventually crown caused no pain but I was warned that the nerves may die due to the trauma. Seven months later I have an abscess above the crown and I'm being treated with antibiotics. There is talk of needing a root canal. My $900 crown may be lost in the process.

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

Severe nerve pain and swelling began on May 29, 2014. My dentist ground down my tooth #18, then sent me to an endodontist for a root canal. I have been on two rounds of antibiotics and a round of steroids. I have been on a liquid diet since June 2nd, since I cannot open my jaw very far. I had an abscess. Swelling is not going away. The root canal was done 18 days ago. I have been to 5 different dentists since May 29th, and they do not know why I am not able to open my mouth.

Comment from: 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 26

I had four fillings replaced 3 weeks ago. They weren't causing any grief but it was suggested that I have them replaced. Now I have an abscess. I am on antibiotics and I'm awaiting a root canal to be followed with a crown -- not to mention the excruciating pain it has caused. I've experience loss of sleep and this added expense! I am not impressed. My advice is: "If it's not broken, don't fix it."

Comment from: Female (Patient) Published: February 14

I took Antibiotics and anti-inflammatory med's. My symptoms started the Monday and by Thursday it was intolerable. I started the meds and finished it the following Monday. The following week I still feel sick and still experience pain. Some of my symptoms are nausea, headache, jaw ache, and ear ache at the same time. I have no energy and the only time I feel better if I lie down on the side in which I have the pain (right side)

Comment from: ameagle29, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: October 18

It started about three years ago when I broke off a piece of my tooth that eventually got infected. I kept putting off on going to dentist. It got so bad my gum swelled around the tooth full so of infection it would ooze out. The swelling has now moved down to my jaw my face is swollen tremendously. The pain is unbearable.

Comment from: mslamb7555, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 11

I am currently being treated for a dental abscess with 500 mg TID of Amoxicillin and Ibuprofen 800 mg for pain. It has helped quite a bit.

Comment from: marion04083, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: December 27

The doctor gave me penicillin to knock the infection out of me. He also gave me prescription strength Ibuprofen and Tramadol. I can't take Vicodin, so he gave me this combo.

Comment from: Lastangel, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: December 01

I had some old fillings replaced and some veneer work on my front teeth in the same two week treatment program. My teeth were super sore. After three weeks I was pretty much back to normal. Then, I started feeling a jabbing pain at the top of my gum every time I ate. I went back and my dentist filed down some edges on the tooth and it helped. One week later I am back complaining about the same tooth. The gums sting and my cheek is sore. I have been careful with what I chew. He tells me I have an abscess completely unrelated to my treatment. I'm in the chair as I write this waiting for the numbing to arrive.

Comment from: 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: March 22

When I was eight years old I fractured and killed my tooth. Ten years later it abscessed, I had it drained followed by a root canal. Ten years after that, I'm in chronic pain due to another abscess that has broken through to swell up my face like you wouldn't believe. I am finally on antibiotics that work, but it also came to a head in the gum and burst as well (so gross, but a huge relief). Now I'm off to dental surgeon to have a root resection. Fingers crossed! I feel your pain!!!!!

Comment from: s, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: January 28

I had the worst experience! I went to the doctor in so much pain in a tooth. The dentist had redone the filling from when I was a child, now 40 years old. He told me the X-ray showed no infection and to go home and chew on the other side, which I did. Two days later I was in so much pain. I went to another dentist that said I needed an emergency root canal. I got the root canal and it all came crashing down for me. I swelled from an abscess so badly and the pain was the worst I could ever imagine. I had to have the abscess drained through my mouth - really fun! I had night sweats from the infection for two weeks and it is now six months later and they have not fully gone away. I live in fear that the infection is still with me. I was on antibiotics for almost two months when this started. Make sure you have a good dentist and always go on antibiotics BEFORE a root canal!!!!

Comment from: exposed, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 21

Several months ago, I had a tooth break and then the filling fell out not long after. I had an exposed nerve that I didn't have the money to fix. I couldn't eat anything and anything I did try wound up inside the nerve. Then I had the tooth next to it crack and cause infection below the gum line, and in my jaw and my neck. I've been given antibiotics and pain pills. Over the next few days, I'm having them all pulled and I will have a bridge put in. I'm praying that nothing else goes wrong.

Comment from: painnomore, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 18

I had a crown several years ago. Lately it developed an abscess by the root. I went to the dentist and he drilled and put medicine on it and told me to come back for a root canal. I went in for the root canal and the tooth ached at the end so I asked about that and was told that it might be tender for a day or two. I was given a prescription for antibiotics and told to take Advil. The next day, the pain increased to the point that I was desperate! I woke up this morning and my jaw is swollen.

Comment from: Cannucklehead, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: February 02

Two of my teeth were pulled immediately, then two more the next week because of an infection and dental abscess. The dentist then stitched the gum area tight, and lo and behold more infection. When the first teeth were pulled I was given an antibiotic cocktail, then again the following week. And this is six weeks post the first extractions, and I've had little pieces of tooth/bone come up thru the gums, along with still lingering pus. I tried clove oil, it did nothing. I tried tooth pain gel and it would last about 20 mins for pain relief. Took a pain cocktail of 2x Tylenol 3's and a naproxen. Along with the major pain relief regime I am on daily of Fentanyl and Morphine and those didn't even affect the pain. I had fever, chills, nausea, etc.

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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