Antibiotics and Tooth Infections
I have an infected tooth. I don’t normally go see the dentist because they make me nervous, but needs must. When you have a toothache, you go. He gave me two types of antibiotics which I took faithfully. Everything was doing fine until a few days after the antibiotics were finished. Now, it seems to have flared back up. Do I just need to call for a refund?
I’m hoping I don’t have all the information here. Are you saying that your dentist just prescribed you antibiotics and told you that was all that was necessary? He didn’t say you needed to come back for a root canal treatment?
While antibiotics are used to hold an infection at bay until your dental appointment, they will not cure them. This is just one of the reasons tooth infections are considered a dental emergency. In order to properly treat the infection, the dentist has to get in there and physically remove the infection. There are two ways to accomplish this. One is by doing a root canal treatment. The other, if the tooth cannot be saved, is to extract it.
I’m hoping you just forgot to mention you have an upcoming appointment. If you don’t, I suggest you find a different dentist to treat your infection. One who understands them better.
Dealing with Dental Anxiety
You mentioned dentists make you uncomfortable and that has kept you from getting the preventative care you need. I want to suggest you check out a dentist who offers dental sedation. Sometimes all you need is a bit of nitrous oxide to help relax you. This can make your appointments less fearful. It has the added benefit of allowing you to get on with your day as soon as your appointment is over. They simply switch your nitrous to oxygen and you’re able to get on with your day as normal.
If you need something stronger, oral conscious sedation is a great option. However, it is so strong you will need someone to drive you to and from your appointment as well as stay with you until you are lucid and steady on your feet. This may help you when you get your root canal.
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