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Gum infection around molar

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Posted by: lovefridaynight  (2 years ago)
Hello everyone!

I suffered from an infection around my upper molar on the right side for three weeks. The gum area was swollen over the tooth and it was very sore. I went to the dentist and he gave me 3-day supply of Metronidazole. After three days, I did not feel any better. I went back to him and he put me on Amoxicillin for 5 days. Two days later, I was in horrible pain. My jaw on the right side was swollen. I could not eat well and I could not sleep. I rang the dentist and he told me continue with the antibiotic, it will take care of everything once it starts to kick in. I finished the given course of antibiotics last week and I went back to the dentist for check-up. I told him I was still in pain but it's no longer as bad as before. The jaw swelling was gone. He told me to give it time and that the infection should settle down.

It's been the 4th day and I am still in pain. I woke up today with slight temperature. I noticed there seems to be pus around the tooth. When I went to the dentist, he said the tooth should be extracted. However, I do not have an insurance and I can only afford the extraction in two months from now. I now feel sharp pain from the tooth that radiates to the my ear.

Has anyone else had infection on their gums and had pain again after antibiotics? If so, did you have another course of antibiotics? How should I manage this until I have enough money to pay for the extraction? Any help is greatly appreciated.
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Posted by: ghnane  (2 years ago)
Hi there. The pain is most likely from the dying pulp in the infected tooth. Once the pulp dies you will no longer feel any pain. Since you see discharge and experienced swollen lymph nodes you may talk with the dentist and ask for a payment plan instead of waiting another two months. Explain your situation and see what he can offer you. Antibiotics help clear the infection but not pain.
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