After female surgery on 4/14/2008, I noticed some small cuts in my mouth from the intubation when I awoke, but didn't think too much about it.
The following week, my jaw started hurting and by 4/25 all the lymph nodes on the right side were swollen and the pain unbearable. I went to an emergency dentist who noticed one of the larger cuts and determined that this was most likely the cause of the pain. He gave me a 10 day prescription for penicillin.
By Monday, still in pain, I went to another dentist who noticed on xray that an old root canal was infected and referred me to an endodontist for treatment. After going to the endodontist, I was told to go back to the dentist to have the tooth filled.
The pain continued and by the following Monday 5/5/2008 I was unable to get treatment because my mouth was still too swollen. The pain continued all week and by Saturday, I took 3 hydrocodone to try to get some relief from the pain.
Tuesday, May 13th, I went back to the dentist who said that the problem was beyond his scope. Then, I went to the endodontist who put me on Augmentin. The dentist and the endodontist conferred and sent me to the periodontist. The periodontist (5/14/2008) basically said there was nothing that could be done except to wait for months for the infection to heal.
I talked to the original dentist again on Friday who basically agreed that I should try to avoid narcotic medication and take as much Advil as needed until the 6-8 months that it will take my mouth to heal.
So that's it?!!! I just sit here for months and months and hope it heals? How do I know it's not getting worse? I have this enormous hole on my gums with these little shard things poking out. Can't they pack it with something? Won't it constantly be open to infection?
I tried searching the net and can't find anything similar to my condition. I wanted to know if anything would help. Should I eat more calcium? Stand on my head and sing in a foreign tongue? WHAT?!!! What is going to make this go away?
Oral ulcer generally heals up in 2 weeks. If there is an active infection involved, investigating the source of infection is essential. Once the source of infection is identified, appropriate treatment is administered. Seeing an oral surgeon is advised.
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