Infection in jaw is still there after tooth pulled and anti-biotics.
Hello! I started out with an abscess around my lower left bicuspid. Dentist insisted that the tooth had to come out. I told her that I've never had a tooth extraction while having abscessing going on, and she said it was fine. Tooth was pulled and was sent home with an Rx of Clindamycin (150mg), 4xday. Infection got worse. Dentist, then used a lazer to open and drain the infected area. Several shots (7-8) of novacaine was needed to numb the area. After procedure, my mouth hurt and burned the worst that I've ever experienced before. The infection is still there. It is about the size of ping pong ball and I have been on clindamycin for 2 weeks without good results. Doctor has me on Azithromycin for 3 days now. The swelling and pain is still with me and I'm going crazy! What should I do? Thank you for your help!
I am so sorry you're going through this. Yes, in my opinion, a dentist should get the infection under control first. I've had one abscess and a couple of infections and my dentist always insisted on putting me on antibiotics before he did anything.
Can you get in to see another dentist?
I don't know a great deal about antibiotics but, I'm wondering if the two you have been tried on are not strong enough.
Thank you for your reply, remar! I appreciate your concern. I ended up at an Oral Surgeon's office yesterday, and he had to re-open the site of infection and scrape, clean, remove cadaver bone chips, pack with antibiotic and close it up with 4 stitches and a drain. I am also on Clindamycin again. I go back tomorrow to have the drain removed. I was in *horrible* pain yesterday, but today it is quite a bit better. When the original dentist pulled my abscessed tooth, she included a procedure of putting bone chips in, right afterwards and there wasn't ANY REASON to do so, except to charge me more. I am not wanting to prepare the area for a post or anything. As it turns out, the bone chips were causing the excessive infection and puss. The Clindamycin wasn't strong enough to clear the infection. She (original dentist) wouldn't admit that the unnecessary bone chips could be the problem but the Oral surgeon says that it definitely WAS the problem. My simple tooth extraction has turned into a bill of over $1000.00 and 2 1/2 weeks of unnecessary pain,and I am furious. She will be receiving a letter from me this week about all this. :( I believe that I'm on the road to recovery now, but it didn't have to be this way at all. Again, thank your for your concern. ~ Kathy
This site complies with the HONcode standard for trustworthy health information.
The Content on this Site is presented in a summary fashion, and is intended to be used for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to be and should not be interpreted as medical advice or a diagnosis of any health or fitness problem, condition or disease; or a recommendation for a specific test, doctor, care provider, procedure, treatment plan, product, or course of action. Med Help International, Inc. is not a medical or healthcare provider and your use of this Site does not create a doctor / patient relationship. We disclaim all responsibility for the professional qualifications and licensing of, and services provided by, any physician or other health providers posting on or otherwise referred to on this Site and/or any Third Party Site. Never disregard the medical advice of your physician or health professional, or delay in seeking such advice, because of something you read on this Site. We offer this Site AS IS and without any warranties. By using this Site you agree to the following Terms and Conditions. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your physician or 911 immediately.