The Diet Continues

by updated 2011/07/10

If anyone read the recent post on The Root Canal Diet the bad news, at least for me, is that problems continue.  It is very frustrating as I have quite good teeth overall but just can’t seem to get rid of this toothache.  Actually that may be a bad choice of words as getting rid of the tooth may be the only solution.  What has happened is this…

A couple days after the root canal was finished, I felt great.  It seemed that the procedure had worked and all the pain was gone.  Unfortunately 5 or 6 days later the pain returned and, even though I thought it impossible, quickly got worse than before.  I was on the last couple of days of a vacation when it came back.  I not only am in almost unbearable pain, my neck and the gum around my tooth swelled up terribly and I have a fever, chills, and a completely numb lower lip and chin.  Lots of fun!

Now my thought is that the root canal did nothing to fix the problem.  I am thinking that because I had been on a seek of antibiotics between the two days of working on the root canal, it was the antibiotics that fixed the problem.  I probably was not given a long enough period of the antibiotics so the infection grew back.  I have been pretty much out of commission because of this 4 out of the last 5 weeks and it is getting to a point of frustration I thought not possible.

I started today on another week of antibiotics and will probably try to get a refill to go a 2nd week.  I am thinking that it is the crack in the tooth that is causing all this misery.  The dentist found the crack when he first started the work, but thought that perhaps with a root canal and a crown, the tooth could be saved.  He did warn me that there were no guarantees and that eventually the tooth might have to come out anyway.  The crown has not been done yet and obviously won’t be until I am sure this cycle of infection and pain it cured!  If I have to have the tooth removed, I guess I can take some comfort that it is the farthest back molar.  It won’t cause any cosmetic problems but I wonder what it will be like chewing on that side?

Will Sig
1 Binky

Sorry to hear about your problems, Will. I hope the antibiotics fix it and you don’t have to go back for any more dentistry.
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2 Jan

Sorry to hear about that Will, it definitely sounds as if the infection was not cleared up before the cap was put on? I’m not sure how it works but that is exactly what I have to have done. Cracked tooth, cap, $1300 thank you very much and it might not work as well, so that’s at the end of the month. I don’t have to have root canal work but the dentist said that if it dies then I will. So could be spending all that money for nothing! When you have teeth out they do spread out a bit and can effect your bite which in turn will effect your neck and back so I hope your dentist knows what he is doing! Maybe being a molar it won’t have such a big impact. My previous dentist wouldn’t take out a molar because of it effecting my bite and worked out a pay-off scheme for me as that was a root canal job (no cap).
My two Siamese cats had all of their teeth out by the time they were 10 years and lived to 13 1/2 and 16 years so you should be OK!! They lived on mainly cat biscuits, so you should be OK with a few teeth left!
On a more serious note, make sure you take some pro biotics to get the good bacteria back into your system after being on antibiotics for so long. Hope it clears up soon.
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3 Anne

A possible option may be an apicoectomy, however if you have a vertical crack that extends through the root, then it is not (yet) possible to fix it …
Also this procedure does have risks, especially in the lower jaw.
Best of luck, hope that you will soon at least be rid of the pain!

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4 Will

Thanks everyone – I went in to the dentist Monday morning and he immediately sent me to a specialist who said I had quite an extensive, “unique” infection of the gum, tooth and bone. He agreed with my dentist that there was a vertical crack, but that how deep it went was not possible to see. Given the state of affairs he feels that there is no choice but to remove the tooth. So the root canal was for naught, but there was no way to know that at the time. At least the crown had not been done. I was put on a higher dose of a different antibiotic to control the infection. That has helped as the swelling and pain is greatly reduced. I feel like I am starting to come out of a week lost in dense fog! Much of the numbness of my face has gone, but my lower lip and chin are still completely numb. I check in with the specialist in a couple of days and I guess the plan at that point is an appt. with an oral surgeon to remove the tooth. What a fun trip this has been! And, not over yet. In the big scheme of things it is not really something to get worked up about though. We have a close relative, a few years older than me that is battling a difficult cancer right now. Now that is the definition of tough times for him and his family. Tooth trouble is nothing in comparison.

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5 Keith

I definitely agree with Jan about the Probiotics. Antibiotics can wreak havoc with your entire digestive tract and therefore affect all body systems via nutrition. You can get cheap ones, but the middle priced ones are better. Culturelle is a good one and so is Florastor. Your pharmacy will have them in stock.

It is not a bad idea to add a probiotic to your everyday supplements.

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6 Jan

After watching the programme that I just watched it would have you running for the probiotics! There are some really horrible bugs that can get into your system when the good bacteria is killed off, so make sure you get on to them Will. The antibiotics do a great job but they do have their drawbacks!
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7 Tony McGurk

Gosh Will this tooth problem has sure dragged on for a while now. Sorry to hear you are still suffering. Hope it gets sorted soon.

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8 Jennifer K

Dental pains are the worst. I hope you get the procedure done without any glitches. And you are right, your relative going through cancer battle is going through lot more. They will be in our prayers. Good Luck with your procedure!
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9 Will

The tooth is scheduled to come out today. I am not happy about it, but I guess we have reached the end of the road with other options. The irony is that I have really good teeth that I take care of well. This one is just cracked and I guess that is the root of the problem. It better be at least.

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10 Jan

Hope it all goes well Will. The tooth that I have to have capped may still crack because of the way the crack runs so there are no guarantees. Will be thinking about you.
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11 Ruth

I’m sorry to hear about your tooth problem. But I do hope that everything will be better now that you’re taking antibiotics. I do suggest that you have your root canal tooth extracted if filling the crack is not possible. Chewing on that side might not be that comfortable though.

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