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I have a molar in the back upper right side of my mouth that has suddently begun to sort of throb. Earlier in the week it started out as being very sensitive. I flossed and picked at the area with one of those pic/dental floss things. Yesterday I noticed when I bite down that the tooth is sensitive. I wasn't sure really which tooth was bothering me. I thought it was the tooth that I got capped last year, but now I think it is the molar behind it. So, I am wondering now if perhaps I have an infection in the root or an abcess. The thing is I switched my insurance from one lousy dentist office last year to a better dental office. The problem with the better dentist is that I simply can't afford to go to the guy. So now I need to switch my insurance to a mroe affordable dentist. Any idea on what is afflicting my molar. I really can't do anything about it until next week. It looks like I am going to have another dental emergency soon. I pay off my truck in December and I was hoping to let some things slide until then. It looks like this tooth is going to have to go on my credit card as soon as I switch my insurance to a new office. I hate this plan because I won't really now how insane the dental rates will be until I get into the new office. The insurance company tells me it's all the same but it isn't at all. One place is affordable and the other place seems to service the rich or famous. I wasn't impressed at all with the office that worked on my teeth last year, and in fact they are inconsiderate a$$holes, but I could at least afford to get some work done there. But the way they made me WAIT, and once I showed up for an appointment and the dentist wasn't even there. When I miss an appointment I have to pay a missed appointment fee. It just sucks going to the dentsit.






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  posted on 7/13/2007 at 01:34 PM
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  posted on 7/13/2007 at 01:35 PM
Get in as soon as you are able. I had the same thing last year and I waited too long to get it fixed. I survived on Wild Turkey and aspirin until I just couldn't take it anymore. By then my face was swollen from the infection. Ended up getting root canal after a couple weeks on antibiotics to kill the infection. No fun at all.

 

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  posted on 7/13/2007 at 01:54 PM
Never wait. It only gets worse and costs more.
 

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  posted on 7/13/2007 at 01:56 PM
Get thee to a dentist. My mother had an abscess and it broke. She had to get all her teeth pulled.
 

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  posted on 7/13/2007 at 02:05 PM
ice chips in your mouth, ice pack on the outside. Also, it's more comfortabe to sleep reclined as opposed to laying flat it it is really hurting.
 

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  posted on 7/13/2007 at 02:37 PM

 

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  posted on 7/13/2007 at 03:03 PM
Get right to the dentist. Infections are dangerous. Don't wait.

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  posted on 7/13/2007 at 03:36 PM
I had problems with the same tooth and though that it was the tooth in front of it. The tooth was cracked and the dentist tried to save it but I ended up having it pulled. Instant pain relief! Vicodin helped too. LOL!

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  posted on 7/13/2007 at 04:05 PM
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Get right to the dentist. Infections are dangerous. Don't wait.
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Pete's right - tooth infections can affect many different systems within the body. If it is an infection, best to see your dentist and begin an antibiotic regime or whatever needs done. Good Luck!

 

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  posted on 7/13/2007 at 04:09 PM
ouch. this is going to sound odd, but do you have stinky breath? that is a sign that it is abscessed. motrin will help with the pain for the time being, but dont play around with an abcessed tooth.

i have a feeling it would hurt alot more right now though if it was that bad off, could be you just need a filling.

but be warned: an asbscessed tooth almost killed my ex husband, and one did kill a coworker of mine.

they will most likely root canal the tooth if it is abscessed, and then you will have to get a cap. you are looking at about 1,500 bucks for a cap. if its in the back i'd just have it pulled. your teeth might shift but it is much cheaper. Root canals are not nearly as bad as they say (i've had about 10 of them), but you will be sore afterward, so take the pills they want to give you even if you normally wouldnt. (painkillers).

usually they will want to treat the infection first with antibiotics.


 
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  posted on 7/13/2007 at 04:14 PM
ASAP~Stat~

I work in Prosthodontics/Esthetic Dentistry. I wouldn't wait too long as your other fellow friends are stating. It could be a# of things but bottom line is pain and infection aren't worth waiting on.

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  posted on 7/13/2007 at 04:15 PM
Dean, are you an anti-dentist?

 

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  posted on 7/13/2007 at 04:20 PM
Turns out I had a similar situation in late June. I let it go for a week and the pain was getting ridiculous. I went to the dentist and he said he did not even want to touch it and scheduled an appointment to go to an oral surgeon. I made the appointment just before I was going to Mexico City hoping it would not mess up my trp.

The oral surgeon stated it was indeed an infection and made up a plan to cut my gum to clean out the infection. When he played around with the tooth, he found that it was loose and recommended it come out. He pulled it out and I will tell you I was living on Vicodin for several days.

By the time, I went to Mexico City the pain had dissipated (the vicodin did not hurt). One Allman Brothers note-I saw WWE live in Mexico City and they played Whipping Post over the PA system prior to the event.

Bottom line-get to the dentist and address the situation immediately. If cost is an issue to an emergency room. Infection in the mouth can easily spread to the rest of the body and cause more serious issues.

 

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  posted on 7/13/2007 at 05:15 PM
Jeez scarery stuff - i havn't seen a dentist in 14 years, was hoping to get to the end of my days having got away with it

 

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The throbbing is and has been minimal thus far. I have sensitivity when I bite down. What is weird is that the pain was on the SIDE of my tooth when I started hitting it with the dental floss pick. Now I have sensitivity in the middle of the tooth. I use a generic Listerine type mouthwash. I don't use it all the time. Anyway, there may be a mild infection but the pain of the other day has now just become a full tooth sort of root sensitivity. I have no swelling and no real pain when I bite on that tooth but it was pulsating and throbbing a bit, so pain could be just around the corner. And I feel as if I can wiggle the molar a bit, not sure why. Anyway, I'm planning on calling my insurance company Monday to see what my options are to change dentists.


I definitely want to keep the tooth and I wlll be bummed if I lose it. This right here is a good reason for me to stop eating all that sugar candy that I crave. It's a good thing I know about real exercise or I'd probably have been a diabetic twenty years ago. My eating habits go from good, to decent, to bad. At least I am not a drinker and my chewing tobbacco phase is twenty years past me. I don't want throat or stomach cancer from that crap either. Just a pinch of Skoal of Copenhagen on a regular basis can F up your teeth, you throat, your mouth, stomach. I used to worry that I'd get stomach or throat cancer. Anyway, I haven't "dipped" or chewed in a very long time now. It was a fishing and hunting guy thing. I could still go for some I guess if I went fishing, but as a life long habit it could be deadly







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  posted on 7/13/2007 at 05:38 PM
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But the way they made me WAIT, and once I showed up for an appointment and the dentist wasn't even there. When I miss an appointment I have to pay a missed appointment fee. It just sucks going to the dentsit.



Sounds like a sienfeld skit complilation, lol.

Naproxen Sodium(Aleve) is better for that kind of pain, but can be used in combination with ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil). A far back tooth would not be missed, I'd think hard on 1500 for a crown that will need reworked before you die.

 

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  posted on 7/13/2007 at 05:45 PM
if you dont want to mess with any drugs, go to a pharmacy and get some oil of clove and dab on it on lightly around the affected area. This will give you some relief and you can re-apply when needed. This got me thru an extended trip I was on doing a Route 66 run with my buddies in a bunch of hot 56 chevys and some vettes he had. We were just his drivers & had to put up with driving his 65 vette and 56 belaire....oh the pain!!!!!

 

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  posted on 7/13/2007 at 05:52 PM
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  posted on 7/13/2007 at 05:58 PM
anyone mention "prayer" yet ?

 

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  posted on 7/13/2007 at 06:48 PM
This "dentist" thread reminds me of a great Stevie
Ray Vaughn story that I read in one of his biographies.
A Dallas/Fort Worth radio DJ, who was female, had
built a pretty good friendship with SRV over the years,
had his home phone # and such. Knowing that he
had a terribly morbid fear of the dentist, she called him
very early one morning and pretended to be a dental
tech confirming his appointment for that very afternoon.
Of course, being a successful musician, he was dead to
the world when the phone rang... he started hemming
and hawing ... trying to puss out of this appointment he
didn't even know had been made. Meanwhile all this was
going out live over the radio. I only read about it, but I
bet it sounded hilarious. Might have been an April Fool's
thing.

 

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  posted on 7/13/2007 at 09:58 PM
Need to get that baby worked on muy pronto.....

That "abcess" (sp) stuff is poison....

 

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  posted on 7/13/2007 at 10:32 PM
JaminRebel, don't worry man. I used to work with a guy who never wore his dentures because he had a cheap pair that didn't fit. He said that they were made for a horse. Anyway, I watched him eat corn on the cob without one damn toof in his mouf. I say pull em all, and invest in denture cream. Or you could just gum em to death like my coworker!

 

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  posted on 7/25/2007 at 12:02 PM
How'd it go jammin ?
I head to the dentist for the 2nd time today before too long and we're gonna yank one out. I went early an had them xray and diagnose, set up an appointment for later today to yank it.
I just about woke my room mate up the other night and told him to grab dowel rod and a hammer.
....2 M357s later I was able to fall back to sleep.
Last night...same thing only it took 3, M357s to relieve the pain enough to sleep again.
My regular dentisit is in KC...ANXIETY !!!

 

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