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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.

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