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Tooth abscess... and tingling pain in face?

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  • Posted By: acreativename
  • July 31, 2008
  • 01:40 PM

I'm in a lot of pain, so I'm hoping to get someone's opinion here:

I went to the doctor over the weekend, who diagnosed me with a tooth abscess and put me on amoxicillin. She told me to see a dentist ASAP and then to return to the doctors for a follow up to make sure nothing else was going on. I didn't even see an abscess on my gums until after seeing the doctor; I shined a light on the area and saw that I have a large (spanning the top of about 4 teeth) white bump that's has red veins at the top. It's really gross. I have an appointment for Monday at with an oral surgeon for the tooth to be extracted because the dentist I spoke to said it sounded un-saveable, but now I'm wondering if I should find an earlier appointment with a different dentist because it's worsening.

Ok, so, background to that:

For quite a while (over a year), I had toothaches from myleft upper second to back molar that is so rotted that it has a hole in it. When I was younger (9- I'm now 19), I got a filling in that tooth which eventually fell out. I haven't been to a dentist since this pain started since I have this awful fear of dentists (though that seems really silly now compared to my pain and I can't believe I've let this go for so long).

The pain I went to the doctor for has been going on since around July 9th. It started as a pressure in my left temple area (well, above my ear), then progressed to a throbbing pressure, then a shock-like pain. It has seemed to get worse at night, which is why I didn't go to the doctor right away - during the day it wouldn't bother me as much, and the episodes of shock like pain would come and go between the pressure. The pain seemed to be brought on when I moved my jaw - talk, eat, etc. As it got worse the whole side of my face from the temple area down to below my chin was bothering me. I went to the doctor when I started not being able to sleep because of it.

The pain got much worse for 2ish days after starting the medicine, then seemed to get better for a day, but has come back with a vengeance. Now, I have a tingling/ pins and needles sensation in that whole area, with that same pressure in my temple. The whole back of my head and neck is now also affected by that same tingling and pressure and intermittent shock like pain, which is new since I've seen the doctor. When I touch any of the affected areas, the tingling sensation gets worse - ie, when I lie down on the back of my head, so I haven't slept. My check, eye and upper lip have been twitching all morning and have been in pain. My left ear has also been ringing for the last few days. I've taken ibuprofen, but it hasn't really helped.

I'm wondering what in the world is causing the pins and needles sensation/ ringing/ and affecting the back of my head now as well? Could the abscess be affecting nerves in that whole area??? It's really annoying, so any suggestions or guidance, etc, would be VERY much appreciated, especially as to whether I should try to find an earlier appointment with a different dentist or try to stick it out longer.

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  • A quick update:I went to the dentist on that Monday, and she told me that I do not have an abscessed tooth and it doesn't even need to be removed. I was so glad that she said that after the doctor was so disguisted over my tooth, hahaha. Apparently, all 4 of my wisdom teeth are coming in impacted, especially the one on the upper left side. She says that this is the cause of the pain and tingling in my temple and suggests I get my wisdom teeth removed during a school vacation because her summer is booked.Since then, the odd pressure and tingling sensations have persisted and now that same temple region is swollen. Could the swelling in my temple be from my wisdom tooth as well? I didn't follow up with my doctor after going to the dentist because I need a physical before school starts and figure I could just mention it then. Thanks to any help!
    acreativename 1 Replies
    • August 15, 2008
    • 07:47 PM
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  • A quick update:I went to the dentist on that Monday, and she told me that I do not have an abscessed tooth and it doesn't even need to be removed. I was so glad that she said that after the doctor was so disguisted over my tooth, hahaha. Apparently, all 4 of my wisdom teeth are coming in impacted, especially the one on the upper left side. She says that this is the cause of the pain and tingling in my temple and suggests I get my wisdom teeth removed during a school vacation because her summer is booked.Since then, the odd pressure and tingling sensations have persisted and now that same temple region is swollen. Could the swelling in my temple be from my wisdom tooth as well? I didn't follow up with my doctor after going to the dentist because I need a physical before school starts and figure I could just mention it then. Thanks to any help!Did u ever find out what this was? I am suffering with the same issues. Abscess and wisdom teeth out and 3 weeks later STILL temple pain and facial pain. Back to dentist today and there's no teeth probs now! However, pain is still there. I'm going out of my mind and would love to know if you got better!
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 11, 2009
    • 11:48 PM
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  • Did u ever find out what this was? I am suffering with the same issues. Abscess and wisdom teeth out and 3 weeks later STILL temple pain and facial pain. Back to dentist today and there's no teeth probs now! However, pain is still there. I'm going out of my mind and would love to know if you got better!I always get a lot of green tea before going to the dentist if I have an abscess. You may want to try. You need to really drink a lot, like 5-8 a day.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • November 24, 2009
    • 02:02 AM
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  • A quick update:I went to the dentist on that Monday, and she told me that I do not have an abscessed tooth and it doesn't even need to be removed. I was so glad that she said that after the doctor was so disguisted over my tooth, hahaha. Apparently, all 4 of my wisdom teeth are coming in impacted, especially the one on the upper left side. She says that this is the cause of the pain and tingling in my temple and suggests I get my wisdom teeth removed during a school vacation because her summer is booked.Since then, the odd pressure and tingling sensations have persisted and now that same temple region is swollen. Could the swelling in my temple be from my wisdom tooth as well? I didn't follow up with my doctor after going to the dentist because I need a physical before school starts and figure I could just mention it then. Thanks to any help!I am having the same problem and I get excruciating headaches,that sometimes last for a while. My temple is swollen and my entire jaw is beginning to hurt. I am currently taking keflex (cephlalaxin). My Equilibrium is off and I fell really bad. Any suggestion on what I should do to cure this?
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies Flag this Response
  • I am no expert but anyone suffering the symptoms mentioned could have problems with the joint/s in their jaw - fairly common.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Temporomandibular_joint_disorder
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