I have posted previously about trouble with tooth pain (upper right side at back).
This week a had a funny sensation in the same teeth so I took the naproxen and hoped it would settle but then it started to throb so, on Thursday, off to the dentist I went, who prescribed antibiotics as there was an infection under a root filled, crowned tooth (done a very long time ago), the tooth was tender to the touch, the gum was tender underneath it. He said things should get better now – how wrong he was! 3 hours later in a lot of pain (tooth, gum and roof of mouth) then a further 5 hours later, taking double dose antibiotics and 60mg of codeine phosphate and in tears in unbearable pain, it is now 10pm and I decide to phone the dentist at home, he was out but phoned me back within 10 mins and met me at the dental surgery shortly after.
He injected the area to get rid of the throbbing so we could discuss treatment and we decided the only course of action to alleviate the pressure and get rid of the pain was to try to remove the tooth, which wasn't going to be pleasant as full anaesthesia would not fully numb it and as there was infection it would be risky but it was that or continue with the top dose of pain killers that weren't doing anything. No choice really.
Even with top dose anaesthesia, some directly into infected area, I must admit it was painful but I managed and left his surgery at 11:30pm, was in pain until 3am but managed 2 hours sleep after that. Went back the next day for a wound check and swelling was going down, had no pain and felt so much better. OK it cost me a total of £130 but worth every penny and he didn't charge me a call out charge as he said I was 'so brave' and he 'couldn't have done it'. Needs must. I can't fault his service and thanked him profusely!
Yesterday, Friday, I had no pain and the swelling was going down but today I am sore, a little swollen and am taking paracetamol for pain; I am still taking the antibiotics (normal not double dose), the many injection sites are painful but hopefully I will feel better soon and if it doesn't improve he has told me to contact him.
My dentist can't understand what would have caused the infection as it came out of nowhere and he wondered if it could be anything to do with the vasculitis? I don't know – do any of you have any ideas? Can vasculitis type problems cause these type of reactions or infections?