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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: 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!!!!


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