I went to a dentist when my tooth pain became unbearable. He gave me some antibiotics and I got better for a while but now it seems like the problem is back. My pain is back and my mouth is swelling. Do I go back or just call for a refill on the antibiotics?
There is something wrong here. Either your dentist didn’t communicate clearly enough with you about the procedure or he has a profound lack of understanding about dental infections. At best, antibiotics will only hold off the infection until the proper treatment is completed.
As an infection progresses, the pulp in the tooth dies, which means there is no longer any blood flow or way for the antibiotic to reach the infected tissue. Unless a dentist physically removes the infected pulp, the infection will never fully go away.
There are two ways to do that. The first is to do a root canal treatment. This is the better of the two solutions because it helps to save your tooth. The second option is to extract the tooth. I would consider this a last resort. If you extract the tooth, then you will need to get a replacement for it. Without that, the other teeth start to shift or tip into the empty place which will throw off your bite and lead to a lifetime of pain and TMJ disorder.
You need to have this treated and this time properly. Tooth infections are considered dental emergencies for a reason. Think about how close your jaw is to your heart, brain and lungs. You don’t want an infection getting that far. Believe it or not, even in the 21st-century people still die from tooth infections.
Get this looked at as soon as possible. This blog is brought to you by Midtown Manhattan Dentist Dr. Marianna Faber.