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Broken Molar

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Posted by: mixed99  (10 years ago)

Three years ago, my bottom left molar was broken. I did not have any problem with it until three days ago, it started to become painful. My cheek on the left side was a little bit swollen in the inside. My gum around it was sore. I started taking antibiotics and I felt better. Do I still need to see the dentist or I’ll just finish the antibiotics? I am afraid of the dentist and I only went there once when I had a tooth, which was extracted. Thank you in advance for any suggestions.
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Three years ago, my bottom left molar was broken. I did not have any problem with it until three days ago, it started to become painful. My cheek on the left side was a little bit swollen in the inside. My gum around it was sore. I started taking antibiotics and I felt better. Do I still need to see the dentist or I’ll just finish the antibiotics? I am afraid of the dentist and I only went there once when I had a tooth, which was extracted. Thank you in advance for any suggestions.


Let me get this straight. Your tooth broke and you did not get it taken care of because "You did not have a problem." (A broken tooth is not a problem?!?!) Now because of waiting, you have an abscess. You took antibiotics and "feel better" so you think you have no problem again. If you wind up in the hospital with a severe facial infection with resistant bacteria, will you FINALLY be convinced you have a REAL problem?

Your procrastination is risking your health and teeth. Even if you have to be sedated, you have to stop your denial about your poor dental health and get regular about dental visits.

Kim Henry, D.M.D.
Posted 10 years ago
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