First of all, I don't know why a doctor would put you on antibiotics for the flu. The flu is a virus and antibiotics will not work against a virus.
I also don't understand why your doctor, and not your dentist, is prescribing medication for a dental procedure. Your dentist IS a doctor and is the one who should decide if you need medication. Are you saying your doctor also prescribed antibiotics for you to take BEFORE the procedure? I'm not liking that your doctor appears to be overstepping his boundaries.
Today is Saturday, the 20th. If your dentist will not be back in the office until Monday and your extractions are scheduled for Friday the 26th, you should have plenty of time to discuss this with your dentist before the procedure. Considering your anxiety level about the amount of antibiotics you've been prescribed by your doctor, I would make a DEFINITE point of talking to my dentist before taking any more medication.
But on this forum, we can not tell you to start, stop or change your meds in anyway, so this decision will have to be made by you.
You could try posting to our Dental Forum and see what they have to say. You can also talk to your pharmacist about this. They also can not tell you to alter medications, but they have far more knowledge than I do.
Always be sure to take a good probiotic when taking antibiotics. Antibiotics kill the bad stuff, but they also kill the good stuff, the probiotic will replace the good stuff. You can discuss that with your pharmacist as well.
Please try to calm down about this. I can understand your concern about taking so many antibiotics, but you're worrying yourself into a very anxious and unnecessary state.
In my humble and totally NON-MEDICAL opinion, if it was me, I would wait until I spoke with my dentist to take any more antibiotics. That is MY opinion only and YOU must do what YOU feel is right.
I wish you the best
Well, a dentist isn't actually a doctor, and dentists usually don't pull wisdom teeth either, that's usually done by an oral surgeon, who might also have an MD -- mine does. Some do, some don't. I know some dentists do it all, but the normal reason for getting wisdom teeth out is that they're impacted and won't fit in your mouth, shoving all the other teeth and making a mess if they come in. So they pull them. I would say if you're having any questions, I'd go see an oral surgeon, who specializes in surgery, and get another opinion. As for the antibiotic, the amoxycyllin is sometimes given and sometimes not depending on the professional -- it's usually to prevent secondary infections that follow the surgery, not for the reason you're having surgery in dental procedures. I wouldn't worry too much about it either way -- and rather than yoghurt, I'd be taking a multi-spectrum probiotic purchased from the refrigerated section of your best local health foods store. The probiotics in yoghurt are generally killed by pasteurization unless you buy a very good quality organic yoghurt that puts another batch in after the yoghurt is cultured, but these organisms are few in number whereas the supplements have billions of organisms. The best effect of yoghurt is a prebiotic, which means it provides food for probiotics, but then you have to deal with the problems of eating dairy. I'd go for the supplement, and keep taking it for a couple months after you're finished with taking the antibiotics. And Rubywitch is right, antibiotics are useless against the flu, your doctor sounds very old fashioned. Current training is to avoid them except where absolutely necessary, but practice takes a long time to catch up with science. (Can anyone tell I've had way too many dental procedures in my life? Just had another root canal, and getting another tooth pulled soon. I've been through this tangle my whole adult life because I've had horrid teeth since I was a kid. Nuts.)
If you are seeing a reputable oral surgeon for the extractions, then my advice is to listen to him. Talk to him on Monday and let him know your concerns about taking too many antibiotics.If your wisdom teeth are not only impacted but infected, your oral surgeon will know and most likely postpone taking them out until the infection is gone. That was MY experience when 2 of my wisdom teeth needed to come out.
You are not going to die in this day and age from having your wisdom teeth pulled. This is 2016, not 1816 (or even 1916) The oral surgeon will almost certainly put you on antibiotics after the surgery, but by then I would hope all your fears had been addressed. I also agree 100% with Paxil regarding the yogurt. Not only has it been pasteurized, which kills the bacteria, read the label and see how much sugar there is in most popular brands. Good AND bad bacteria feed on sugar, so essentially you're getting no benefit. As Paxil advised, go to a very good health food store and purchase a refrigerated probiotic containing at least 20 billion CFU's. I understand that can be a bit confusing if you're not a regular user of probiotics but just copy it down and a salesperson will help you find a good quality brand. Sometimes local pharmacies carry refrigerated probiotics, so you might want to call a few in your area if you don't have a health food store or co-op nearby.
I'm sure once you talk with your oral surgeon, you'll relax. And I hope you're not on Google searching "Death By Antibiotics!" I'm trying to add a smidgen of humor here, but I'm sure there ARE sites out there like that. Please don't go there. You're going to be just fine.........pretty sore, but very much alive!!!!
Let us know how you're doing, OK?
The "after procedure antibiotic" is just a precautionary measure. If your worried about any damage antibiotics will do to you, take a good probiotic with it. Antibiotics typically disrupt the gut flora more then anything. Doctors are now smartening up and telling patients to back them up with probiotics.
And rinse a few times a day with salt water as well after any dental procedure. It sterilizes the mouth.
Even if the teeth ARE infected when the oral surgeon extracts them, he will DEFINITELY give you antibiotics strong enough to "stop any infection in it's tracks" and protect you. Please trust me on this and please discuss these fears with the surgeon BEFORE the procedure.
When my wisdom teeth were impacted and infected, the pain was HORRIBLE! The whole side of my face was swollen and felt hot. The infection caused my entire mouth to hurt and all my teeth ached really bad. I had a terrible headache, too. He had given me very strong antibiotics which took about 3-4 days to begin to help the infection and also pain meds which really didn't help much. I felt like my head was going to explode! I had a VERY bad infection! If YOUR teeth are infected, it must be a very mild infection at this point which is why they have you scheduled for this Friday. I waited too long and look at the mess I created for myself. I was also put on MORE antibiotics after they were extracted. And here I am, alive and well to tell you about my wisdom teeth nightmare! I took a wagon load of antibiotics during that experience AND probiotics. PLEASE don't be afraid. You'll be fine! Do plan on having a friend drive you to and from your appointment............I didn't and made it home just fine, but it sure would have been nice.
Again..........you're going to be fine. The antibiotics will definitely protect you. In a couple of weeks, you'll wonder what you were so nervous about and best of all, your damn teeth won't hurt anymore! Big smile...........
Write if you get scared again!
Then that is excellent news!!!! The symptoms you've described are more like pressure from the swelling which does not always mean infection. There was absolutely NO DOUBT I had an infection because of the pain. On a scale of 1-10, my pain was a 12+
Perhaps taking something OTC like Tylenol will help with the pain you do have. Rinsing your mouth several times a day with warm salt water will help stave off infection, which some people believe and other's don't. I do. And besides, like chicken soup, it can't hurt! Applying warm compresses may help as well with the swelling.
I'm so glad you got to speak with your doctor. You already sound calmer!
I know that feeling of just wanting the whole thing over and yours will be very soon. Just hang in there and let your doctor know right away if things get worse...........which they most likely won't.
Will be wishing you the best and hope you let us know how it all went!
How nice of you to write and say that! Thank you.
Don't expect much from the Tylenol or Advil.........stuff like that really isn't strong enough for a major tooth ache kind of pain. If it gets worse, ask your doc for something........there is no reason to suffer! The warm compresses help while you're holding them to your face, but the relief doesn't last very long. I know some people swear by Ora-Gel for temporary relief and there are numerous herbs that are suppose to be really good for toothache. I'll list two of them here as most people already have these in their cupboards. Like the chicken soup, they can't hurt!
Cowboys swore by whiskey...........medicinal purposes only! LOL
Take care, Toots!
Eugenol, the principal molecular component of the oil derived from cloves, is a common ingredient in dental products – that ought to tell you something! Ground or crushed whole cloves are believed to be effective in dealing with tooth pain due to their “dual action”, with both pain relieving and antimicrobial (bacteria-killing) properties. Also, cloves are known for their anesthetic and numbing effect when chewed.
The use of ginger root is probably one of the most common herbal remedies for toothaches that had been in use for decades now. All you have to do is peel off its skin and put it over the affected tooth and bite it. Eventually, the pain will subside. Change the ginger in your mouth periodically as needed.
The swelling in your neck is just another part of this whole tooth thing. Which is not a very good explanation until you understand the concept of "referred pain."
If we have pulled muscle in our upper back, it hurts, so we often, subconsciously, hunch our shoulders up around our ears to try and ease the pain, but when we hunch our shoulders, we're now also putting tension on muscles in our neck, which in turn puts tension on the muscles in our scalp and that gives us a "tension" headache..........so, what we've got here is one pain that has turned into several pains because everything is connected and your headache (and your neck pain and your shoulder pain) are all called "referred pain" from that upper back muscle. I don't think I explained that very well, but your neck is swollen because your face is swollen and your face is swollen is because your wisdom teeth are hurting like hell and everything there is connected, too, so yeah, the swelling is "referred swelling" from your teeth.
Remember that old song "the shin bone's connected to the thigh bone, the thigh bone's connected to the hip bone, the hip bone's connected to the tail bone......" There ya go. We are CONNECTED from top to bottom.
And IF there is some MINOR infection going on, the swelling in your neck could be your lymph gland. If you gently press on the side of the neck as your wisdom teeth, do you feel a slight pain and possibly a bump? That would be your lymph node which is swelling up to help fight any infection. Oh, and don't keep pushing and poking at it to see if it's getting bigger.....they really don't like that! Just put the warm cloth on that area, too.
Helpful hint............if you have some rice in the house, find a nice sock, fill it with rice, tie it shut, put it in the microwave for awhile and it makes a wonderful, flexible "heating pad." Unless, of course, you already have a heating pad................
Time to stop over-thinking and worrying about this my friend!!! Everything going on is normal and consistent with wisdom teeth that need to be extracted.
Let me know how you're doing in the morning and try to get a good nights rest if you can.
Just to say different people have different experiences, when I had my wisdom teeth out I had no pain at all. And no antibiotics, either. Since then I've had three infected teeth extracted (all were root canals that had outlived their usefulness), and only one required antibiotics afterwards because the area was still infected. With the other two, one required no antibiotics, the other required an antibiotic before the extraction but only because my dentist did something he shouldn't have and caused an abcess in the gum. I wouldn't worry. And just because any physician gives you a prescription for an antibiotic doesn't mean you have to take it if you don't currently have an infection (if you do have an infection, take the antibiotic for sure). You can wait and see. I recently was quite angry after my latest root canal when I was put on an antibiotic, then a second because, I thought, I reported the tooth still hurt. Quite the contrary, the antibiotics weren't for the original infection but for a secondary infection I didn't have and never got. I would never have taken the antibiotics if I'd known that -- I'd only have taken them if I actually developed an infection. The tooth is still hurting because of inflammation, not an infection. I've also had docs try to give me antibiotics when I go in with sinus or ear problems or sometimes, yes, the flu, but I don't fill the prescription. I usually just want the diagnosis. Good luck to you, and I wouldn't worry.