Abscess questions PLEASE help

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Hello, I have an abscess, lower left big tooth (third I think) Anyway, started off last weekend feeling unwell, headache a bit fluey, then sunday tooth started to niggle. Called dentist on Monday as by then pain in jaw, around ear and eye. He said I could go in on the Tuesday PM. He said the tooth looked suspect, felt tender when he tapped it and gum looked inflamed. He gave me antibiotics. Got worse, nagging pain the rest of Tuesday, Wednesday started swelling. My cheek, half bottom lip swollen into a ball like shape. Very tender and all along my jaw, under the jaw. Called the dentist and he said the antibiotics would take 24 - 48 hours to kick in. Continued to get worse, lots of swelling, terrible pain that could not be controlled by normal pain relief, kept getting hot, shakey, very anxious took myself off to the docs as didn't sleep for 3 nights and needed stronger pain relief. He gave me some and it did help a bit - went back to see dentist who drilled a hole in tooth but nothing came out - he sent me away saying he couldn't do anything until swelling went down that if it didn't drain out of tooth it would slowly drain through lymph glands. My glands are definately up and next is swollen although still able to breathe and swallow - thank god! Finally today - Saturday after pressure in gum became very intense the pus started leaking out through the gum under the tooth - still nothing coming through it? Not sure why? If I pulled my lip out all the pus came streaming out and I was able to spit it out. Should I try to draw the remaining pus to this tooth by putting salt etc on the gum? Any advice would be most appreciated as I am getting quite anxious thinking about it. Dentist said he would pull the tooth on Monday if swelling had gone down - does it have to go all the way down before he will pull it?

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    Hi Sadperson

    Argghhh! Arent teeth the worst thing ever when pain strikes. i really do feel for you. :cry:

    I wouldnt put salt straight in the mouth but try making a salt solution up - pint water to 1 teaspoon of salt - maybe a little more but not too much.

    Have you tried placing a warm/hot compress on your face over the area where the abcess is? That might help draw the pus out.

    Do let us know how you get on and good luck.

    Melbi x

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      I really don't suggest doing the hot thing My dentist and doctor both said that it will speed the infection. Cold will sooth the pain you feel and if you still hurt or get a little frost bite on the area I suggest you eat a icypop the one that come in tubes as for getting the pus out I suggest you go to your doctor and ask or call them up and see of they can give you an on the spot solution. Lightly needing the tender spots also helped me when the pain was at minimal. Ivprofine how ever you spell that you can take two pills if the pain is totally unbarable. BUT NO HEAT

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      I am so HAPPY that you said NO HEAT!!!Emergency room Dr told my husband to only use heat and it caused the infection to spread awful!!!!! Thanks again!!!
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      Absolutely!!! I'm not sure who keeps recommending heat, but it things out the infection, causing it to travel to the brain or heart. Then you'll really have a problem. I really doubt a dr is recommending heat. It's a huge no no

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    Poor you - that sounds just so painful. sad

    Yes, hot, salty mouthwashes - as hot as you can take them. Keep swilling your mouth out and hopefully that will do the trick.

    Good luck and hope you can soon get some relief.

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    The thought of it has given me toothache :oops:

    How is it going sadperson? Any luck yet?

    Hi Katie :D

    Melbi x

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    :cry:

    Hi, thanks for your messages I shall continue today with the hot salty solutions and see if it works. Last night was very strange. I felt like my body was getting rid of all the swelling fluid by draining it down my body I could feel the pressure in the sides of my chest and moving down, I could actually feel it moving and thought maybe it would all drain away. Strangely enough apart from the pressure I wasn't in a lot of pain since the first escape of pus earlier on that day. I tried to release whatever built up in the gum by pulling my lip back and gently rubbing the gum and a little bit comes away at a time but mainly fluid with a tiny bit of pus/taste. However it is 6 am and I've woken up with great pressure again under the tooth and the golf ball type lump is still holding strong! it just all feels as though it is concentrated around the tooth now but the gum isn't really swollen. It can't seem to find a way out!!!! Apart from my glands being up the rest of the facial swelling seems to have gone down a bit so I wasn't going mad thinking it was draining away|! Will the dentist be able to take my tooth out tomorrow???????? and finally let this pus escape or does he have to wait for the pus to go first? What if it never goes!!!!!

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    Good morning hopefully soon to be happyperson

    Just keep holding the hot salt water in that area again today. Try and do it as often as possible. The more pus you can get out the more chance your dentist will remove the tooth.

    From what I understand, if there's an infection then the local anaesthetic doesn't work in numbing that area. As you have been taking anti biotics then that should no longer be a problem. It's just this matter of swelling now!

    I think (but I'm not medic) the salt acts like an antiseptic, the hot water encourages the abcess to come to a 'head' and thus burst and releases the pus.

    Keep working with the hot salty water today. In fact, I'd go as far as saying, any hot drinks you are having today try and hold the hot liquid in that area for a while.

    Let us know how it's going over the day.

    Fingers crossed it will all be over tomorrow for you.

    Melbi x

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    sad

    Hello again, thanks so much for your message. It really helps to have someone to talk to about this. I am sure my family are fed up with me! I have been unable to function properly for nearly a week now - my poor kids feel really neglected.

    Anyway, I have decided to ignore it today and pretend it isn't there! I have taken some strong pain relief and I'm going to try to carry on as \"normal\" I will continue to do the salt thing and hot drinks and see what happens - I am just hoping that he will pull it tomorrow and get it over and done with.

    I will report back later tonight.

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    Hey

    At any point that it is getting you down today and you want to rant and rave about it (I know I would) then come and do it here!

    You have enough to contend with, don't feel you have to suffer in silence though!

    Melbi x

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    Hi there

    Just to wish you good luck tomorrow. Teeth really are a pain - an expensive pain. sad

    I've just managed to find 'Katie's Book of Dentistry' and Melbi and I have ben giving you all the right info. It suggests holding each mouthful of hot salty water for at least one minute.

    It does go on to say though 'NEVER put heat on the outside of your face, using such things as heated pads and hot water bottles, as this can bring the swelling right out onto your face and the abscess might burst through the skin ............ ' :shock: Arrrgghhh ....... But, as your abscess has already burst this won't happen to you .... phew!!

    Hopefully, it will have drained sufficiently for the dentist to extract it. But if there is obviously still a lot of infection around it he may decide to give you another course of antibiotics. Has he discussed trying to save the tooth with root canal work - expensive, but worth it if it is going to leave a visible gap?

    Anyway, good luck and let us know how you get on. I'm just off to clean my teeth yet again .........

    Katie

    Hi Melbi - how are you enjoying being a moderator?? smile

    Hopefully, it will have drained

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    sad

    Hi again, well yesterday was eventful! It started off quite well and I was in the mood for fighting it, so as the pain had subsided a little tried to get on with things a bit more. Come 4pm I was in horrendous pain. Much worse than before. I really don't know but I think I may have had two abscesses - I can't explain it otherwise? The first pus started leaking (very slowly) on saturday and this helped to relieve some of the pain, however after that there was a continuous flow of clear/slightly pussed fluid that kept building up. Just tried to release it when I could by gently massaging gum line and holding mouth open - it was still coming out between top of gum and tooth. Anyway. I was left with a big hard lump still along my jaw line - in fact it is still there but slightly smaller. The pain went mad and it seemed like the pressure was building up again all along the jaw line and affecting two or three of my other teeth - I couldn't touch them. After four hours and lots of tears and loads of pain relief it subsided and I managed to go to sleep! During the night I was woken regularly with that draining feeling again in my jaw, neck, chest etc and then more pus found a way out through a little pimple - again very slowly but coming out none the less. This has continued. Rang the dentist and he says he wants to wait another couple of days for the rest of the swelling and lumps to subside. I hope it will be all over by Wednesday. No we haven't talked about root canal - I just want it out anyway - I think about the consequences after - I couldn't bear any more pain or the thought that it might come back.

    I am just trying to let this thing take its course but it is a very long a slow process - there is no explosion of pus - just a constant dribble!

    I'll keep in touch and thanks so much for all your help and advice it has really been a great help!

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      i HAD THE EXACT SAME PROBLEM. My dentist referred me to an endodontist (dental specialist). He said antibiotics do not clear up an abcess-that requires draining by a specialist. Chances are that your rergular dentist is not well trained in that-mine isn't and so he referred me to the specialist.  Relief was immediate.  In two weeks I go in to complete the root canal. My jar still feels a bit like someone slugged me but the tooth pain is gone.

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