Antibiotics can take a few days to start to help. If you don't have some pain relief by tomorrow (Thursday), give your dentist a call and tell him. He may want to change the antibiotic.
If you can take the prescription dose of Advil (ibuprofen), that's what I would do. Motrin (the RX equivalent) is 800mg of ibuprofen three to four times a day.
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I typically give a long, detailed answer but in this case? Runnnn ;). You have a right to all prior records, so find a new dentist, have their office send the x-rays and other documentation over (this will save you the x-ray fee!). Call the doctor and speak with HIM or HER directly and see if they agree with the insanity of the other doc. FIrst off, you should be on a much stronger Antibiotic and secondly, depending on your past experience with pain medications, you need at LEAST Tylenol with Codeine and a topical numbing gel. For now?? I would take either a Tylenol PM (NOT Advil PM; Tylenol has a different active ingredient) or benadryl.... anything so you can sleep!
Had this type of pain for 3 days straight when both my lower molars abcessed so I do feel for you. In my experience antibiotics got to work in hours, so that is weird imo. I did a lot of googling in those 3 days, and absess (abscess) pain tend to subside, to either a) cold or b) heat.
For me it was cold - contantly drinking ice cold water and sucking on ice cubes until I passed out of tiredness was what got me through it.
Some peope recommend vodka or brandy, but now that you are on antibiotics I would NOT recommend doing that. Something with codeine is usually what the dentist perscribes after tooth / gum work, so it might take off some of the edge.
Was he going to send you for a root canal after this tooth calmed down? The antibiotics can sometimes take a few days to work.
It may be you need to have a root canal which relieves a lot of pain, pending the condition of the infection. Most people obtain much relief once a root canal is started. Of course if the tooth is fractured beyond repair, then extraction may be recommended.
You did not mention what his plans were for you. I would most definitely contact him and inform him of your present situation, especially with the weekend approaching so you are not in this same situation again seeking help on a weekend.
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