Dental Abscess - pretty intense pain!!

Dental Abscess - pretty intense pain!!

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MHB

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401 posts

185 months

Sunday 5th July 2015
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Know this has been done before, but how long should antibiotics take to kick in? I'm currently 48hrs in, and they don't seem to be making a difference, so struggling a bit as a consequence.

Saw an emergency dentist over the weekend, and they said treatment wouldn't be possible until the infection was under control. Currently on Amoxicillin and still waiting for pain to subside, though Neurofen is just about keeping things under control (combined with vodka!).

Teeth are a marvel, their ability to generate a level of pain that is so massively disproportionate to their size is amazing!! Wars would be won with this level of pain!!

Mark

Turn7

16,365 posts

168 months

Sunday 5th July 2015
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Codeine is your friend.....

MHB

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401 posts

185 months

Sunday 5th July 2015
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Turn7 said:
Codeine is your friend.....
Suggestions??


Turn7

16,365 posts

168 months

The Nur

9,167 posts

132 months

Sunday 5th July 2015
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MHB said:
Suggestions??
Don't take too much and you might want to pick up some laxatives.

NarrinRad

147 posts

122 months

Sunday 5th July 2015
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Amoxicillin should have started to work by now, that's a common drug for tooth issues, but codeine is the only over the counter drug that will get anywhere near helping with the pain, get some asap

Try to see your dentist this week and explain that you are in great pain, only they understand how much teeth can hurt

Take care


m3jappa

4,419 posts

165 months

Sunday 5th July 2015
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I'm suffering the same right now and have found neurofen to gradually be doing less and less. I had some solpadine max in the cupboard so tried them and it really really helped.
That was about 5 hours ago so they are wearing off now, although I'm a bit worried as my stomach is getting pains. I've had 8 neurofen since yesterday morning and the solpadine so hardly an overdose.

This is after I was on holiday 3 weeks ago and was bed bound for 3 straight days due to the incredible pain.

Oragel is good too but you quickly get used to it, initially though it's great.

My teeth are literally fked. I need 5 fillings and dentures as I've now lost about 6 teeth frown not good at 35!

MHB

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401 posts

185 months

Sunday 5th July 2015
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Turn7 said:
Cheers, will investigate tomorrow.

tonker

56,015 posts

195 months

Sunday 5th July 2015
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What you really want are badly impacted wisdom teeth with abscesses. Kept in a jar to impress upon my son the value of teeth cleaning.... All out at once under general....


And yes, I sympathise with your pain.... I end up with two crowns on other molars the day before then these whipped out..

(The crumbs are where I am just about to wipe up a 4 year old's placemat....) ...

MHB

Original Poster:

401 posts

185 months

Sunday 5th July 2015
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NarrinRad said:
Amoxicillin should have started to work by now, that's a common drug for tooth issues, but codeine is the only over the counter drug that will get anywhere near helping with the pain, get some asap

Try to see your dentist this week and explain that you are in great pain, only they understand how much teeth can hurt

Take care
Still waiting for antibiotics to kick in, but will be making as many calls as needed tomorrow to get this sorted! Severe pain is a pretty strong motivator to resolve things.

_Deano

7,386 posts

200 months

Sunday 5th July 2015
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tonker said:
What you really want are badly impacted wisdom teeth with abscesses. Kept in a jar to impress upon my son the value of teeth cleaning.... All out at once under general....


And yes, I sympathise with your pain.... I end up with two crowns on other molars the day before then these whipped out.....
How the hell does that happen to your teeth?
eek

dudleybloke

15,213 posts

133 months

Sunday 5th July 2015
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Dihydrocodeine is what you need.

tonker

56,015 posts

195 months

Sunday 5th July 2015
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_Deano said:
How the hell does that happen to your teeth?
eek
Because I had too many teeth (or rather they were too big and that meant the wisdom teeth never really got through - they came through at angles and you end up with flaps (yes like those...) over them which get food stuck and which rot and cause a fair bit of pain. No amount of cleaning helps as the teeth are basically submerged into your gums and are only really exposed when you get a gum infection and it all swells up. So the bits of food rot and attack the teeth. And you can't see them. So you get a man to knock you out and another one to go hacking away at your jaws to get them out !


And because I had some awful childhood experiences with dentists and wrong nerve numbing before extractions so would rather put up with gum infections every two or three months. Then I got an infection that just wouldn't shift. So prime to get rid....

MHB

Original Poster:

401 posts

185 months

Sunday 5th July 2015
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tonker said:
What you really want are badly impacted wisdom teeth with abscesses. Kept in a jar to impress upon my son the value of teeth cleaning.... All out at once under general....


And yes, I sympathise with your pain.... I end up with two crowns on other molars the day before then these whipped out..

(The crumbs are where I am just about to wipe up a 4 year old's placemat....) ...
Tonker

Now that looks like so far the wrong side of agony, I'd not want to contemplate how grim that would have been to resolve!! Though respect your resolve in trying to guide your son in not needing up in the same situation.

It seems like teeth are a bizarre medium, where seemingly intelligent and professional people don't do the right thing, ignore what needs to be done - and end up with having to endure high pain and stress levels to get things back on track. Why are we so stupid in this regard?? Fear, avoidance??

Mark


tonker

56,015 posts

195 months

Sunday 5th July 2015
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Only one was properly hurting at that point and I had had one out before.... But it got to the point of popping amoxicillin like tic tacs, so I got over my dentist issues and got them out..... They look a treat..... The crowns were failed fillings I never got sorted as I didn't have time... Then they ruined almost all of the rump of the teeth from the inside out..... So crowns needed (almost implant stage....). Because I decided I was too busy to have them sorted.....

Rollin

4,657 posts

192 months

Sunday 5th July 2015
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First treatment for an abscess is drilling a hole in the tooth to allow infection to drain out. This can relieve the pain almost immediately.
Antibiotics should only be prescribed if access to do the above treatment is limited by swelling, preventing you opening your mouth.

Was an xray taken?

MHB

Original Poster:

401 posts

185 months

Sunday 5th July 2015
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Rollin said:
First treatment for an abscess is drilling a hole in the tooth to allow infection to drain out. This can relieve the pain almost immediately.
Antibiotics should only be prescribed if access to do the above treatment is limited by swelling, preventing you opening your mouth.

Was an xray taken?
Rollin

No X-ray was taken, out of hours dentist agreed with my 'internet diagnosis' that this was a dental abscess and offer of drilling tooth in question wasn't given. Was prescribed Amoxicillin to get infection under control, and once this was done was left to me to find dentist to try and resolve. Swelling has increased slightly, and opening of jaw has become more painful as a result.

Was initially happy with the service I received from out of hours dentist, but based on your comments, am forced to question this.

Mark

mat13

1,971 posts

128 months

Monday 6th July 2015
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Been suffering with my teeth again this week, luckily i had some zydol (tramadol) stashed from a previous accident, they seem to be the only thing that touches the pain. I really cant see how people get addicted to these though, to me it just makes me feel like ive had a few beers on an empty stomach, a bit unsteady on my feet and lightheaded, oh and one hell of a dry mouth!

GreenDog

2,252 posts

139 months

Monday 6th July 2015
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I had the same thing a couple of weeks ago. the pain wasn't too bad when I first saw the dentist so when she scheduled a root canal filling a week later and said I didn't need antibiotics I wasn't too worried. Of course by that very night it felt like somebody was driving a nail into my jaw. Paracetamol and ibruprofen weren't making much difference, clove oil does help although it tastes like the devil's ballsack. Fortunately the OH had some Tramadol left over from an operation she'd had a while go so that tided me over until I got back to the dentist's for Amoxycillan, which took about 3 days before it felt like it was making a difference. I did find that sipping cold water almost constantly helped to numb the pain in the mean time though.