Her Dentist Doesn’t Understand Tooth Infections
I had a root canal treatment several years ago. A few weeks ago, it began to hurt again. I called my dentist and he had me come back in. He said there is a re-infection and did a root canal re-treatment. He also prescribed some penicillin along with prescription pain meds. I started to feel better but then got worse again. I asked my dentist and he said to give it more time. The fact that I started getting better was a good sign. I am miserable. The antibiotics are gone and I’m living on the prescription pain meds at this point. Is this really normal?
I’m concerned that your dentist doesn’t understand root canals and tooth infections. Root canals can fail through no fault of the dentist. Teeth can have canals, which can also have hidden offshoots that are hard, if not impossible to reach. When a root canal fails. The chances of success in the re-treatment are only between 50-75 %. He should have warned you about that.
Another concern I have is the antibiotic he prescribed you. Penicillin isn’t the antibiotic that is generally prescribed in these cases. Your dentist should have recognized that he needed to change your antibiotic the moment you started feeling poorly again. Once that happened, he should have switched your prescription to something like clindamycin.
Thirdly, he doesn’t seem to understand tooth infections. Yes, starting to get better is a good sign, but only if that continues. Yours specifically became worse again after that. This is a bad sign and he doesn’t understand that.
Where to Go From Here
I think you need to see a root canal specialist. If you have dental insurance, look under endodontist, which is the technical title. If you don’t have insurance ask him to refer you to one.
This will continue to spread and can quickly escalate from a dental emergency to a life-threatening one. The good news is, that makes you one of the essential care cases, so you should be able to get in rather quickly even during this COVID-19 quarantine.
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