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Abscess extraction!

Two years ago I had a filling fall out of my very back upper right tooth but didn't feel any pain or any problems with it, so I sort of just forgot about it. Recently, however, it was causing me pain and I ended up in the ER.  I was given antibiotics and a pain killer. I didn't take the antibiotics right away, like I should have, because I went to the dentist the day after and figured he would tell me what to do. I am guessing my tooth was abscessed, though neither places came out and told me. I was in a great, great deal of pain during the extraction, although I was numbed and the dentist kept insisting it was only 'pressure' but I am not going to lie, I was screaming. It is now the next day (I have started the antibiotics) and a bad taste is in my mouth.. is it from all the blood? From the antibiotics? Or the actual abscess.. I read somewhere that it is possible for the abscess to still linger until all the dead cells are removed so the taste/smell can linger. Any ideas? I am not in horrible pain so I don't believe it is a dry socket. I can't really describe the taste other than unpleasent. Also, brownish small globs were coming out of the area the night after my extraction. I am calling a new dentist (as the guy who pulled my tooth was not nice, nor did he give me any follow up care instructions) tomorrow and will hopefully have an appointment tomorrow. I just want some input on this nasty taste.. I also heard it was normal after an extraction..
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Your tooth probably was abcessed, and an abcessed tooth is never pulled until antibiotics have resolved the infection.  Also, novacaine does no good with an abcess, if absolutely necessary to extract an abcessed tooth, then you must be put to sleep.  So, you are correct, it was all pain you were feeling!  Sounds like a lousy dentist you had!!!!

Pain and odor is usually associated with infection.  I would get another dentists opinion just to be on the safe side.
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Hi, I had a tooth out next to my front tooth about 6 years ago and it got an abscess after the gum healed and closed about 6 months later. I have a wound outside the gum and I feel the abscess when I press under my nose. I have been to a surgeon and the xray showed a dark spot, but when they cut the gum I felt it all and cried and cried. Due to having high blood pressure they didn't numb the area well at all, so I made them stop. I had blood everywhere and insisted I go home and the funny thing is I got a proper deadner when they stitched it up. Here I now am 6 years later with the abscess and I am concerned due to feeling unwell for ages. My doctor gave me 3 lots of antibiotics but nothing works. I am terrified of having it cut again and I don't know what to do. Would garlic on the wound help if the bone is infected, also?
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I was in the EXACT same position yesterday that you were and the dentist pulled my abscessed tooth. The dentist WILL pull the tooth if it is an emergency situation so you dont have to be completely rid of the infection for them to pull it.  The reason they dont is because it takes a LOT to get you numbed up on local anesthetic before they do pull it.  The most painful part for me was when they numbed me up and drained the abscess. That was really painful,  but the actual teeth pulling part was just pressure and praying to god the dentist didnt slip with the little kife wedging thingy.  Rinse with lukewarm salt water after EVERY meal it makes it a whole hell of a lot better. I went through 3 rounda of antibiotics and they didnt do anything for my abscess but make it worse. I went to two different dentists before I found one that actually cared more about my health than my wallet.  Sometimes root canals will not help an abscessed tooth so pulling it was my best option. But make sure you keep eating good food like chicken pot pie and chicken noodle soup to fight the bacteria.   It will go away I promise! :) hang in there!
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I got an abcessed root canal tooth pulled wed and today I have tasted the infection and when I look at extraction site I see a bunch of white gunk which I'm guessing is still pus from infection. :( my only thing is that I've been sick for months with upper respiratory junk and on 2 rounds of antibiotics and now on a 3rd. Obviously the antibiotics aren't doing anything. Do I need to go back to dentist to clean it out again or will it go away. I so want to get a cotton swab and clean myself but don't wanna dislodge clot if I haven't already.
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