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Headache, stiff neck and dizziness caused by infection

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Posted by: Hint07  (10 years ago)
The dentist found out that I have an infection in one of my wisdom teeth. He told me I needed to be put on antibiotics and have all the four wisdom teeth extracted after a week. I also needed a root canal on the molar beside the infected wisdom tooth.

I finished the given course of antibiotics but I did not go back to have the root canal and extraction because I do not enough money for them. That was six months ago. Recently, I have been experiencing headache, stiff neck, slight dizziness and awful breath. Are these related to the wisdom tooth infection I had six months ago? Can I take the same antibiotics that the dentist prescribed to me before in case I have an infection again? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Many thanks!
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Posted by: ghnane  (10 years ago)
Hello Hint07, a tooth abscess is very serious and may compromise your airways when it spreads. The antibiotics help fight the infection but not necessarily eliminate it since your tooth still is infected.
You can inform the dentist of your limited financial resources and asked to extract only the infected wisdom tooth leaving the others intact. The other ones are not infected and do not cause you and problems right? You may go back for the root canal later but do not leave the abscessed tooth untreated.
In order to have those antibiotics you must obtain another prescription from the dentist.
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