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Diagnosed with a dental abscess, wish it was a few years ago

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  • Posted By: beccainvic
  • October 14, 2007
  • 02:06 AM

I was just diagnosed with a dental abscess yesterday. The problem is that I have been having trouble for the past 3 years. I had gone to the dentist numerous times, the first time he told me that it was an infection in my salivary gland and every time after that I was told that it was nothing dental related and to go see my GP. There are a number of different dentists at the office I go to. I think I had seen all of them except for one regarding this problem before. I had to go back yesterday because my filling fell out and I got to see the one that I hadn't seen yet. The dentist told me that my abscess has been there for years and it is one of the worst ones he's seen. He said he was surprised that I hadn't come in before complaining of pain. I told him that I had been in quite a few times and nobody would do anything to help me. So now I'm looking at spending a couple thousand dollars to get this problem fixed because I don't have dental insurance. :(

Now here's my question for anyone out there...can a dental abscess that has been left untreated for years spread to your nasal cavity and cause problems? In the past year I have had what they think is a sinus infection. I've been on antibiotics for months at a time and it doesn't help. I'm supposed to be getting surgery in a couple of months to help the sitituation. In light of my recent diagnosis of a dental abscess, I'm wondering if they are connected in some way. They are both on the left side of my face so it seams a little suspicious to me. I've suffered for years, been on so many different antibiotics, and spent a ton of money trying to feel better. I'm angry that the dentists didn't catch this and if the abscess is the reason for my sinus problems, is there anything I can do in regards to holding the dentist responsible?

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  • I was just diagnosed with a dental abscess yesterday. The problem is that I have been having trouble for the past 3 years. I had gone to the dentist numerous times, the first time he told me that it was an infection in my salivary gland and every time after that I was told that it was nothing dental related and to go see my GP. There are a number of different dentists at the office I go to. I think I had seen all of them except for one regarding this problem before. I had to go back yesterday because my filling fell out and I got to see the one that I hadn't seen yet. The dentist told me that my abscess has been there for years and it is one of the worst ones he's seen. He said he was surprised that I hadn't come in before complaining of pain. I told him that I had been in quite a few times and nobody would do anything to help me. So now I'm looking at spending a couple thousand dollars to get this problem fixed because I don't have dental insurance. :( Now here's my question for anyone out there...can a dental abscess that has been left untreated for years spread to your nasal cavity and cause problems? In the past year I have had what they think is a sinus infection. I've been on antibiotics for months at a time and it doesn't help. I'm supposed to be getting surgery in a couple of months to help the sitituation. In light of my recent diagnosis of a dental abscess, I'm wondering if they are connected in some way. They are both on the left side of my face so it seams a little suspicious to me. I've suffered for years, been on so many different antibiotics, and spent a ton of money trying to feel better. I'm angry that the dentists didn't catch this and if the abscess is the reason for my sinus problems, is there anything I can do in regards to holding the dentist responsible?I don't know for sure but I'm going to say yes. Reason being is I have terrible teeth. I didn't take care of them due to money and growing up very poor. I did what I could without visiting the dentist. I had a few infections/cavities and had 3 teeth pulled over a 13 year time span. Here I am at 36 and a few years ago I had a major swelling in a lower tooth. I had gained weight so you couldn't see it but I could feel it. Anyway I lost weight and you could see it. The entire time I was over weight the GP kept telling me I had a huge glad on that side of my neck. It went on for years. In 08 I finally had it pulled and the gland almost returned to normal size but I needed more work, which is slow process without money. We are now on the top teeth and I ended up needing a root canal. The pain started and I got a stuffy nose. I could lay down and roll on one side and the pressure was not bad in my sinuses. I'd roll over and it got real bad. On the side my nose got bad and I could hardly breathe I noticed the increase in pain in that tooth. I think it is all related. I had strange eye twitching and all sorts of stuff all I belive related to dental My dentist is working on all the problems now and slowly.
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  • 6 months ago, my teeth hurt. I kept getting a bad taste in my mouth and suspected an abscess. I went to the dentist, who took xrays. He said my teeth were fine, but wanted to do cosmetic work, which I declined at the time. 6 weeks ago, my sinuses started post-nasal drip. I was feeling very fatigued and tired. Took tons of herbs and vitamins to boost my energy, which didn't help at all. 2 weeks ago, my tooth started draining again, but wasn't hurting too much. I used clove oil until I got to the dentist. Dentist put me on antibiotics, said the tooth needed to be pulled. I got my tooth pulled and they worked on another one on the opposite side that was getting bad as well. I am on antibiotics, my sinuses have improved since the extraction, however, my mouth hurts like crazy, so I am not yet sure if I am out of the woods. Also had a root canal on a tooth 3-4 years ago on the bottom. Since getting my abscessed tooth extracted, my bite is off and causing MAJOR pain on the crowned root canaled tooth on the bottom. When she extracted my tooth and drilled the other tooth, she bumped all of my other crowned/root-canaled teeth and they all hurt. Ugh - this is a neverending battle. I don't know how the dentist told me 6 months ago that all of my teeth were fine and then all of a sudden my entire mouth is FULL of cavities and 2 of my molars are abscessed. I cut out all soda years ago, do not drink alcohol, and been taking vitamins and herbs as recommended. I don't think dentists are very smart at all. They drill and pull and hope for the best has been my experience, and most of the time I get a horrid infection and nerve pain that lasts forever. Does it ever stop?
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  • I have had many abscess on my teeth and all of them either had to have a root canal treatment and where I had a crown I had an appesectomy (not sure if it is spelt correctly). An appesectomy is where they cut through my gum and scrapped the abscess out. I was then treated with antibiotics. My boyfriend also had an abscess and they cut open the abscess through the gum to clear it and did a root treatment. If your dentist does not know how to treat an abscess go to a dental surgeon. I was just diagnosed with a dental abscess yesterday. The problem is that I have been having trouble for the past 3 years. I had gone to the dentist numerous times, the first time he told me that it was an infection in my salivary gland and every time after that I was told that it was nothing dental related and to go see my GP. There are a number of different dentists at the office I go to. I think I had seen all of them except for one regarding this problem before. I had to go back yesterday because my filling fell out and I got to see the one that I hadn't seen yet. The dentist told me that my abscess has been there for years and it is one of the worst ones he's seen. He said he was surprised that I hadn't come in before complaining of pain. I told him that I had been in quite a few times and nobody would do anything to help me. So now I'm looking at spending a couple thousand dollars to get this problem fixed because I don't have dental insurance. :( Now here's my question for anyone out there...can a dental abscess that has been left untreated for years spread to your nasal cavity and cause problems? In the past year I have had what they think is a sinus infection. I've been on antibiotics for months at a time and it doesn't help. I'm supposed to be getting surgery in a couple of months to help the sitituation. In light of my recent diagnosis of a dental abscess, I'm wondering if they are connected in some way. They are both on the left side of my face so it seams a little suspicious to me. I've suffered for years, been on so many different antibiotics, and spent a ton of money trying to feel better. I'm angry that the dentists didn't catch this and if the abscess is the reason for my sinus problems, is there anything I can do in regards to holding the dentist responsible?
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