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#1 CFMBabs


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Posted 23 November 2006 - 01:00 AM

It's not like me to moan, .... Okay I hold my hand up! just a little perhaps.
I had a tooth extracted last week, it hadn't decayed just fractured! Anyhow since then I've been taking painkillers every 4 hours day and night. The pain is not where my tooth was but at the bottom of my jaw like it's coming from another tooth. The pain is just horrible. It's affecting my face and side of my head like I've got sinus pain. I just wondered if any of you have experienced problems like this after extraction. I suppose the logical and sensible thing to do is go back to my dentist but I'm just curious all the same! It seems very strange that my lower jaw is hurting when it was a tooth at the top and back.
Any input would be greatly appreciated

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Barbs xxx

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Posted 23 November 2006 - 02:33 AM

Hi Barbs,

I've never had more than a tiny bit of discomfort from "normal" extracted teeth (except for dry socket wisdom teeth), never to the point of having to take pain meds for them more than once or twice after they were out (as the swelling went down), and I've had way more than my fair share of fractured and extracted teeth.

Please call your dentist immediately since "normal" pulled teeth should be fairly painless and they should hurt only in the immediate area where it is swollen and tender. But there is a huge difference between tender and needing pain pills every four hours, especially in an entirely different location.
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Posted 23 November 2006 - 04:26 AM

I totally agree with Shelley. I've had a couple of tooth extractions and several root canals but never the pain you are describing. I always get the bottle of pain killers, but end up never needing them. Please call your dentist and let him know what's going on. Something doesn't seem right.
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Posted 23 November 2006 - 05:36 AM

Barbs, I agree, you need to call your dentist. Sounds like some kind of infection to me. This may be a stupid question, but did your dentist give you antibiotics before the extraction? I know my dentist always gives me some before doing any work on my teeth. I have also had my share of fractured teeth. Too much prednisone, the drug everyone loves, but hates. Isn't it great, the way our teeth just crumble for no good reason. :angry: I have four crowns and my dentist is starting to talk about false teeth. Don't want to go that route just yet.
Anyway, call that dentist. Hope your pain goes away.

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Posted 23 November 2006 - 06:39 AM

Hello Barbara, I'm so sorry to hear your having so much pain. I have worked in Dentistry for many years, and you definatly need to go back to your Dentist. It sounds to me like you've got yourself a Dry Socket. I went through the same thing 3 years ago. I was having a lot of pain on the lower left side of my mouth. I went into my Dentist, he started an Endo on the lower left 6, broke off a reimer in one of the canals. I ended up having that tooth extracted by an Oral Surgeon. I ended up with a Dry Socket. So I went in, they packed the socket and sent me home with pain killers and a few days I felt much better. Anyway, so of course after that, I needed a new Bridge. So I go in, have the prep and impression done, go home, wait until the bridge is finished. I have the bridge inserted and I swear not 2 weeks later, started having pain again. I was devastated. So I go back in and he startes another Endo on #7, and of course he had to go through the new bridge. I was so upset, I take extremely good care of my teeth, with me being in the profession for so many years. So the Endo was completed, I go home and I swear not 2 weeks later I start having pain again. By this time I thought I was losing my mind. So I call up my Dentist again, he said we can do another Endo on the adjacent tooth #5. I just couldn't believe what was happening to me. So I go in again, another Endo is completed on #5. By this time my Dentist decided to remove the new bridge and make a new one. Okay so after all is said and done, lots of money, 3 years later I'm still having a slight sensation of somethiong going on, same spot. I live up in Washington State now, so I go into a new Dentist, guess what he says? He say's bad Root Canal on #7 so he's referring me to another Endodontist. He say's if they can't save the tooth, I can decide, it's between a partial ,which I said no way, or an Implant. My appointment is next Monday, so we'll see what happens. So the moral of the story is, I truly believe that Scleroderma is playing havoc in my mouth. My gums bleed, which they never did before. I floss, major, I have never had any type of Periodontal problems. Basically I've been a Clean Freak in my mouth as long as I can remember. The only thing that can be causing all of these problems is the Scleroderma. Sorry to go on and on!!!! This has been a long road for me, I have terrible body pain all over. My hands and arms are very painfull. My hands are very swollen most of the time, and extremely dry cracked finger's. Oh and how can I forget the lovely Migraines I get, on a regular basis.

I'm sorry to go on and on about this, but you can't ignore this, call your Dentist right away. Good luck to you, and I hope your pain settles down soon.

Take Care

Jackie S.

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Posted 23 November 2006 - 06:55 AM

I had to have a back too pulled recently. I had a pain too and it was as if it were not tooth in particular. It didn't make sense since the tooth was gone. I had to take an antibiotic and also rinsed in half peroxide half water. Good luck!
Hope you feel better.

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Posted 23 November 2006 - 08:33 AM

Thanks to everyone for your advice, and I am listening, mark my word.
I guess my nashers are going through the same problems as you all describe so well and I now know that although it's not normal it's at least been a problem shared.
I take on board all that you have said and I feel so sorry especially for you Jackie because I can relate to your saga very well. I have a bridge in place also, it's only temporary. The pain I'm having is coming from my lower set of teeth and not the top where the tooth was extracted, that seems fine. It's like having sinus pain when you have an heavy cold.
I will take your advice Shelley don't worry. I'll call my dentist tomorrow. I'm on my last packet of fizzy paracetomol which means I'm now taking more than the recommended daily dose. I awoke this morning at 3am and nearly took the cat's worming tablets, I was half asleep, still the cat would have been very happy about that!

Best wishes and thanks ( ouch )
Barbs xxx

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Posted 23 November 2006 - 10:30 AM

Hi Barbs,

Like most of us here, I too am having ongoing dental problems! My next dentist appointment is on Dec. 18th, just in time for the holidays! I'm hoping I can last that long really, but the dentist I see has been away for 4 months in New Caledonia, and he's the only one I trust with my teeth. If he can save a tooth he will but I'm not sure how long this will go on!

Anyway......... I agree with everyone that you definitely need to go back to the dentist! It sounds so weird that the pain is coming from the bottom teeth, when it was a top tooth you had out. However, from past experience I have found that pain is often referred in the mouth between teeth. I have sometimes thought a particular tooth was hurting and the dentist finds it's not that one but another, not necessarily even beside the one I thought it was!

A question....... did the dentist have to pull quite hard, or "twist" the tooth, to get any parts of the tooth out? That may have strained something, but only the dentist can decide if this is the case.

As for dry sockets...... my husband had one many years ago, but he was in VERY bad pain for ages! He should have gone back to the dentist, but didn't. Eventually it went away, but it would have been easier for him if he had gone back.

With the last tooth I had out the dentist went to great pains to explain dry sockets, and said it mainly happens if you dislodge the clot of blood from the socket. Then bacteria get in and an infection starts. He told me to come back if I had any out of the ordinary pain, and they would dress it. I was exceptionally careful and didn't dislodge the clot. I didn't rinse vigorously or chew on that side, and it paid off. I also did the salt and warm water rinses they prescribed, but for several days just held it in my mouth without rinsing around, so I wouldn't dislodge the clot.

But once you have a dry socket it is a job for the dentist, if indeed that is what you have, and you don't seem to have the correct symptoms. So........ back to the dentist anyway!!

Good luck!!