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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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