About 4 years ago i had a root canal performed on my upper right molar tooth. 3 and a 1/2 years later the root canaled tooth became infected (abscess) and my endodontist performed another root canal to make sure that all the canals had been "sterilized". After the re-treat, the pain went away. However, my root canaled tooth has become infected once again. The problem is that right now i do not have access to any dental care since i am working on a very small island in the Caribbean. I will be going back to the US in 2 months, so until then i was wondering if there is any temporary treatment i can use to relieve the pain of the infection (maybe an Antibiotic? If so will that antibiotic prevent a reinfection for atleast 2 months?) Do you think i will have to have my root canaled tooth extracted when i go back to the US, since this is the second time an infection has happened in this tooth even after a retreat?
If you're not allergic to penicillin, that is the best antibiotic for your situation. As for when you get back, It's tough to tell without seeing you or an x-ray. It may need an apicoectomy or possibly an extraction. Apicoectomy is surgical procedure to clean out infection from the root tips end of the tooth. Good Luck.
I work in the dental field and see things like this periodically. If infection is present...ie a gum boil, swelling, fistula tract, ect...then an antibiotic will help. You may also try taking anti-inflammatory pain med..like advil, etc...or have a pain med prescribed. Most importantly please check with a dentist, doctor, etc... b/c you definitely need to address the tooth. Remember you can always get a second opinion on the rct treatment. Is the tooth crowned, broken, or does it still have a temp. filling in it? Good luck
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