Posted 23 November 2006 - 01:00 AM
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
Posted 23 November 2006 - 02:33 AM
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.
Posted 23 November 2006 - 05:36 AM
Anyway, call that dentist. Hope your pain goes away.
Posted 23 November 2006 - 06:39 AM
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.
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.
Posted 23 November 2006 - 08:33 AM
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 )
Posted 23 November 2006 - 10:30 AM
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!!