Swelling After a Tooth Extraction
I had a tooth extraction four days ago. My dentist prescribed amoxicillin along with pain meds, both of which I have been taking. The swelling has gotten worse (and hardened). It is now the size of a golfball and my pain meds are useless. I’ve also got a significant fever. Did my dentist do something wrong?
It doesn’t sound like your dentist did anything wrong, but it does sound like the infection is not responding to your antibiotic. It’s common for a dentist to prescribe amoxicillin after an extraction, but your particular infection may be resistant to that antibiotic.
What you need to do is call your dentist and let him know what is going on so he can prescribe a different type of medicine for you. Don’t put this off. This is a dental emergency. If you leave it untreated, it will become life-threatening. Think about how close your jaw is to your heart and brain. You don’t want the infection reaching either of those.
Once Your Infection is Healed
I don’t know if you have thought about your tooth replacement options or not, but you’ll want to start thinking about that. If you don’t replace it, the opposing tooth will keep growing until it has something to hit up against it. Plus, your adjacent teeth will start to shift making it harder to replace later.
The best replacement option is a dental implant. This puts a prosthetic root in your jaw and has a dental crown on top. It’s like having a natural, healthy tooth in your jaw again.
The next best replacement is a dental bridge. This suspends a false tooth between two dental crowns. It makes more sense to do this option if either of the adjacent teeth need to be crowned.
Other options include a removable partial denture and a dental flipper.
I would discuss each of these options with your dentist to decide which is best for you.
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