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  • 7 year old daughter - molar abscess: Hi All.. I need some help here please. I have a 7 year old daughter that keeps getting abscesses - especially on her molars - she has received antibiotic treatment for this but too much antibiotics is also not good for you. She has already lost 2 of her molars and there is an abscess again. I am taking her to the dentist again this afternoon. We brush her teeth morning and evening with "Thursday Plantation Tee Tee Oil" tooth paste as well as tooth paste with fluoride. We have a mouth wash which she uses to rinse her mouth with and some times we use a salt solution as well to rinse her teeth. We also floss her teeth frequently. What else can I do? Will she out grow it? What would happen when she gets her grown up teeth - are the chances good of getting it again? Has any one else on the forum experienced the same issues and what did they do? Then, in extreme cases could this be a form of lupus? Would a hepatitis B injection help? I am really grasping at straws now and I do not know what to do. I try to make her food as soft as possible so that she does not have to chew a lot. She is so brave but I also know that I need to get this resolved asap ... Visitor from South Africa     (answer)

  • Extreme pain after molar extraction: My husband had a back molar removed as well as the root of another molar cut out right next to the tooth. He has been in an extremely huge amount of pain since having this done. It's been 6 days. They packed it and he wants to know if it would be better to remove the packing to gain some kind of relief. Also the root that had to be cut out was absess so he has been on antibiotics for sometimes now. Going on about a month. Help he needs some kind of relief. Pain meds aren't helping at all. ... Visitor from Louisiana     (answer)

  • I had an upper molar pulled 5 days ago because I was in bad pain. The tooth next to this one also needs to come out as it is dead. I am on antibiotics. Problem is I am in bad pain still! It seems like the tooth being pulled woke a sleeping giant. The entire upper side aches and my gums are killing me! Driving me mad. On Advil and salt water rinses. I can't deal with this pain. This seems abnormal for an extraction. I'm a wimp to pain but I can't concentrate on my life! Help ... Visitor from Gloucester     (answer)

  • I had a lower molar extracted a week ago and it clotted OK. The thing is I am still having pain and my ear hurts like an ear ache but is not bleeding. Just hurts.. sometimes it itches. I am diabetic. I have two antibiotics left. There is still swelling and pain. My dentist gave me 14 pills of biaxin. If I ask will he give me more of an antibiotic until I heal. Or should I go without and see what happens. I still have stiches that are dissolvable. The dentist took 2nd x-rays and everything is out. What do I do? I am using salt water plus advil. ... Visitor from IL     (answer)

  • Pain: I am a 46 yr old female and for the past week I have had excrutiating pain on one side of my face. I have a molar that is broken, but the pain is around each tooth, top and bottom, on one side of my face. The pain spreads to my ear, my cheek, around my eye, and to my temple. It started about 1-1/2 weeks ago and it hit all of a sudden, almost like an attack. This severe, mind-numbing pain lasted for about 45 minutes then subsided. That side of my face was sore for a couple of days, but not necessarily painful. The same thing happened a few days later. Should I visit a dentist or an MD for this? The pain is dull, constant in every tooth on that side of my face in my head and my ear. .. Visitor from AR     (answer)

  • Options for repairing chipped molar: I'm 40, good health, with generally good teeth. I chipped off the distolingual cusp of upper 1st molar, not to the gum line, when I bit something hard. I currently have amalgam fillings in buccal developmental and distolingual grooves, but they are fairly narrow. My dentist wants to place a CEREC crown on it. I've read they last only 5-10 yrs. so I don't like the idea of grinding away a lot of tooth to replace it with much less durable stuff. He did not indicate the tooth was otherwise compromised. I'd like to know if there are other options. E.g. would an onlay of CEREC or some other material allow me to preserve more of the existing tooth? Any kind of bonding? .. Visitor from CO     (answer)

  • My right lower jaw - all my molars was extracted due to tooth decay. My dentist advised me to eat using the left jaw. I asked him whether I can put in dentures and he told me that it is uncomfortable to put it. Please advise? Visitor from Singapore     (answer)

  • Swelling behind wisdom tooth: My tiny muscle behind my wisdom tooth is pinching me and is swelled up a little bit. I was wondering what may be causing this? ...Visitor from VA     (answer)

  • Broken molar, extracted, now what: My top second molar cracked, but not past gum line. So my dentist "blocked" the cracked areas with a filling. Unfortunately, about a month later, it cracked again, right in half, all the way down. The tooth wasn't saveable, it had to be extracted. Now what? My dentist said an implant is not her first choice, as the sinus cavity is very close. She mentioned a cantilever bridge. But, everyone I am talking to says that I should just let it be. You can't see the space, it is so far back. The expense will be significant. My 3rd molar will have to be messed around with, making it less strong. I am 52 and have nice teeth which I take care of. ...Visitor from VA     (answer)

  • Bad molars and severe TMJ: I have a case of severe arthritis, psorastic and rhematoid, which started out in my jaws. Both jaws are in need of replacing, but due to other health problems, surgery is out. Now I have developed the need for a root canal in my back molar or the option of pulling it. Any advice on which one would be less tramtic to my jaw? The 2nd back molar just needs a filling. The dentist said the root canal only has about a 60% chance of working since it has gotten so bad, since I developed diabetes along with a host of other problems. ...Visitor from FL     (answer)


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