On call dentist says I've maxed out on antibiotics & pain medicine. The problem is that nothing is working. (penicillin, amoxiciilin,clindamycin,and vicadin. I still have moderate to severe pain with swelling. Dentist just says go to er.That's the last thing I want to do. Any suggestions? Thanks, JT
I would suggest that you find an oral surgeon since you have taken so many antibiotics and still have pain and swelling. The abcess might need to be drained. Since your dentist says he can't do any more, ask him to refer you to an oral surgeon. Unfortunately, on the weekend the ER is probably the best route for you. They have dentists/oral surgeons on call. If the absess is relieved, you will most likely not need vicadin. You could manage your discomfort with a non-narcotic. Best wishes to you, JT.
What did the dentist recommed you do? I am missing something here. Did you call after hours yesterday and end up with the "on-call" dentist who didn't want to further treat you? I have never heard of being "maxed out" on antibiotics so just go to the ER!!! That is just absurd... I would call your local hospital for an oral surgeon referral or contact your area university's dental program to see if they can help you. You might also want to look into getting a personal loan or even pawning something for quick money to handle this situation. These aren't optimal choices but they are reasonable given the urgent nature of your predicament.
M a y your path be lit with a clear course of action to take..
I've never heard of being maxed out on antibiotics either. That's a pretty ridiculous statement for him to make. If you have an infection, you treat it until it goes away
Ibuprofen is a good OTC med for helping with the pain and swelling of an abcess. The clinical dose is for 800mgs, not to exceed 3200mgs in a 24 hr period. Applying first moist heat compresses, then alternating with cold moist compresses will help with the pain and swelling. You can use something like orajel on the affected tooth and the gum surrounding that tooth. You can use dental wax on that tooth if there is a crack or hole that you can see. This is a easy way to plug up the hole and stop food and other particles from getting down inside the tooth and making a bad situation worse. I would go ahead and go to the hospital er since it appears that the on-call Dr is offering no help. And when you are able to see your regular dentist I would definitely report the on-call dentist to him. Anyway, those are just my suggestions for you. Feel better soon! :)
I think it's time to find a new dentist. I have been having teeth extractions for the past month now. It started out with one tooth abcessed and after talking at length with dentist, a decision was made to have all my top teeth removed for dentures and most of the bottom ones taken out and a partial plate put in. With my dentist and Pain Management doctor working together I have been almost pain free between antibiotics and pain meds. I use Cephalexin before and during all extractions. Please don't go on being in such terrible pain, get a new dentist that will help you. I can't imagine being told I'm maxed out on meds.
Just a follow up, I decided to tough it out so far. I did start on ibuprofen with minor relief. I thought about "patient first " in lieu of a hospital er. My local hospital doesn't have the greatest of reputations. I still. am taking the clindamycin with little or no help. So, my lifes on hold until I get proper treatment. Thank you all that responded and for your suggestions. It helps to know there are people out there that care. JT
To Lisa01: Thanks again! I see I'm not the only night owl out there.
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