Hey. I've been experienced the worst kind of toothache ever, but I'm not sure on my problem. This might be a bit of a read but here goes.
I started experiencing a lot of pain after a filling in one bottom left molar fell out, so I went to the dentist to get that filled. But no, he tried to numb my mouth, but everywhere AROUND the tooth numbed and I could feel every thing he was doing. I started having a panic attack on the chair so he said he'd place a temporary filling in and refer me to be sedation. I bit down for the temporary filling and pain shot through me. After that I thought, maybe there will be some relief because the lack of exposure in my tooth, but I was wrong. For days the pain was so unbearable, and I was really relying on this referral. (I still haven't received it.)
A few months later, one of my top-right molars cracked, and out popped the filling. It was fine for a couple of months but now BOTH teeth have started to ache like hell. I've been unable to sleep in days because of the agonising pain in my chin, lower jaw, gumline, cheekbones, temples, ears, forehead.. everywhere!
Fair enough, the tooth on the top right is pretty self-explanatory to me, probably just needs filling and a crown, but I'm more curious about the bottom-left one. Root canal? Abscess? Infection? It hurts like crazy. I can't eat ANYTHING at all without my mouth going crazy. I tried taking double doses of Ibuprofen+Paracetemol for a while, and using mouthwash and/or whiskey on my gums, but slowly I'm becoming immune and I can't find any ways of numbing the pain.
I'm away from home, so I can't go into my dentist and yell at him about the lack of referral, and because I have panic attacks on the chair I can't go to an emergency dentist and get it fixed on the spot. (I'd love to, seriously, an hours excruciating pain is much more tempting than days-on-end excruciating pain. My body just doesn't allow me to - panic attacks mean I can't breathe therefore cannot lay back under dentist's mercy.) It's also a bank holiday tomorrow, and I'm not counting on the dentist being open, although I'm going to call just incase. Even so, is there anything they can do for me, minus being operated on?
You have my complete empathy. Bizarre, how these kinds of dental emergencies always happen over weekends and holidays.
About the throbbing tooth pain: sounds as if you have a periapical abscess, which requires a root canal to release pus that is under anaerobic pressure at the base of the root.
A few hours after the root canal, one begins to feel the relief. I have had several root canals, think they are no big deal. One receives local anesthetic, rendering it minimally uncomfortable.
If you are experiencing panic in the dental chair [and many do], may I suggest:
1] using pre-appointment sedation as prescribed by M.D.;
2] telling the dentist, "NO EPINEPHRINE, PLEASE."
"Epi," as it is called, is usually mixed with the local lidocaine to minimize bleeding, prevent allergic reaction, and prolong the effects of the lido local. Epi, which is actually a form of adrenaline, can trigger a physiological 'rush' that is uncomfortable to some.
I always ask for "no epi," as I don't like the anxiety and pounding heart sensation that occurs a few minutes after it's injected. I feel like jumping out of the chair about five minutes after that stuff is injected in me.
I finally booked a dental appointment today, as scared as I am, but if anything he can look and see what the problem is. I'm hoping it's only a root canal I need as this would be done under sedation, and at least then I won't be having a panic attack. :P
Also thanks for the in-chair advice, I shall try this today. =)
My pleasure, Creax. I am happy to hear that you are seeking help. I hope you have a prescribed mild sedative to take pre-appt., and a supportive, understanding someone to drive you to and from the appointment.
Abscessed teeth [and bacterially infected ears, sinuses] are potentially dangerous and need to be treated in a timely manner.
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