Started exactly a week ago. As usual I ignored it hoping it would go away. Until last night it wasn't that bad but just enough to remind me the bastard was there. Anyway, last night I went to sleep about 11.30 but the pain started up so bad it just wouldn't let me sleep. At 5am I took two paracetamols which didn't do much but finally dozed off at 6am only to get up at 8. Time to ring the dentist.
Saw him this morning and found out its two abscesses in two teeth next to each other. One needs extracting and the other needs some lovely root canal treatment. He's gonna do all that work at 2pm today and I'm bricking it. I'm planning on having 3 or 4 pints beforehand to steady myself.
I absolutely hate dentists. There is only one thing slightly worse than them and thats toothache.
You might also wonder why I could get treated so quickly. I suppose I should be grateful for that. I spent half last night reading stories about folk not being able to see dentist for days or even weeks when in pain. Terrible. My dentist is good about "emergencies" as they call them but the bastard is still gonna charge over £500 for the pleasure.
Sorry to type so much but it is a little theraputic to do so.
I've been there and got the tee shirt but, I'm a northern tight basterd and would not pay the money asked for emergency treatrment, So I went from June to September before my dentist could extract it, I found paracetamols helped best if you crunch them up in your mouth then work them to the pain spot, It was heaven after the extraction,,,
I think you're ok with local anesthetics, My dentice pulled out two, the one that was acheing and another back one that was broke off, Its been like that for years and my old dentice said " if its not troubling you, we'll leave it alone, It will be troublesome to get out" I was ok with that, but the new dentice said, " we may as well pull that at the same time, its not all that difficult " So I went with that, and the back broken one came out easy, no probs at all, he struggled a bit with bad one as it broke off and he had to do some digging, I never felt any pain and now I'm glad it was done,
Will he give you the gum numbing stuff if you've had pints? Brilliant if he does you'll be singing when he's doing the job, won't feel a thing. Good luck with it!
I've been going to him for a few years and he's long said its fine and doesn't interact. I'm guessing I'll be told to stay off the beer after the extraction though?
Tom: I can't believe you went three months ? Does it ease off a little every now and then or was it just constant 3 months?
I really don't know how any of this is gonna turn out. I've never had two together before Plus not had an extraction for years and this one is only a stub as it is so got knows how he pulls it out (but don't tell me until at least 2pm !!!!!) My guess is they must drill right through to get a purchase on it as surely a pair of grips wouldn't be strong enough. I shouldn't be thinking about stuff like this I know..... If it all goes well, you can be sure I'll be babling about nothing else so apologies in advance
My problem was, the pain started after my usual 6 month check up, the dentist identified a filling needed replacing so I made an appointment and they did it, the problem started and phone them back, its probably sensitivity they said, so I gave it week, it only hurts when I eat, so I was avoiding eating over that tooth. anyway long story short, excuse after excuse of why I could not see the dentist, S I jumped ship and found a new dentish , he sussed the filling was too deep and said it needs extrudng , he can do it but only in September, unless you pay private, £50 consulation then £175 for the extraction and there could extra's on top,
So I waited and as long as I did't eat, it was fine, I lost over 8 lbs over the next 3 months,,
Teeth breaking off have become part of my life now that I'm sort of old. I never seem to go the full 6 months without something happening to them these days. £260 is the max charge at my dentist , all the old ones have retired now and been replaced by a group of lovely looking lasses so I'm not going to complain Hope it all went ok DD and you are now pain free. it's a big relief when that numbing needle goes in and you can at last think "goodbye toothache"!
Well, what a bloody day and touch wood its all over. So firstly to Tom's point if its the kind of toothache that only really hurts when you knock it or eat ice cream but the rest of the time its ok, then thats liveable. This one hurt all the time 24/7.
I've had virtually everything on the dentists chair in my life including extractions (not for a while though) and root canal for abcesses etc. Even had referrals when the dentist can't do it .
Dentist today gave me three shots of local which started working very fast. HOwever, when he started on the tooth to go, it was pretty bad. There's a big sign outside that sayts something like "pain free dentistry". Total crap - I should sue 'em. At the end of the day they're using water pump pliers (hopefully not Silverline LOL) to force the bastard out and I have to say in all my time on the chair this was the worst by far. I was calm but just clenching my hands etc - I freely admit I can't take pain but figured must make dentist's job easier or it will all be worse. He topped up the local a couple of times and by the time he got on to the root canal that was virtually pain free in comparison but it takes quite a while. He gave me yet another (7 in total?) injection at the end to keep my "comfortable" as they call it.
Its never happened to me before but I was still in strong pain / mild agony when I went to reception afterwards. Was wriggling in the chair as they took my credit card and that was of course totally numbed up.
Anyway, took about another 2-3 hours to calm down to something manageable and now the socket just lightly stings constantly. The root cannalled tooth is happy as larry.
Oh last thing Dentist said I could have a couple of beers today as long as I don't "swish". All the internet advice says the opposite but well....he's the dentist. Who am I to argue ?
Oh and thanks all for your support and anecdotes !