First things first since a very young age i have battled tooth issues. My gpa who was my first dentist explained that an anti nausea medication perscribed to many pregnant women in the 80s caused a side effect/birth defect where the permanent teeth will fail to have the enamel coating. Which most know is extremely necessary in the oral dept. Well at 26 most of my teeth have been filled and refilled and once again need dire attention due to an inadequate dentist in my teen years had he properly attended to them i might be in a better position today. Anyhow jumping to 8 months ago i was having a epidural steroid injection for an ongoing serious back issue and well like many i seriously hate needles,i was so nervous i bit down so hard i cracked one of my canines in half. About a week later i had my first abcess. While i know now it was dumb i applied heat and within 12 hours the abcess ruptured. I went to dentist and left in tears and a bill of over $8,000 with insurance! All i wanted was the damn tooth pulled. But of course all the yadada tooth near the front and shifting. Blah blah...well anyhow seeing as i was out of work for my back i was trying to scrape together the 300 for the downpayment when i lost my ins. So needless to say the dentist was at the back of my mind...so about once every month or so i get an abcess (beware the sweets) a little heat, my reg pain pills and muscle relaxers and some poking and prodding with one of those dental scrapers. Also every so often like someone else mentioned if i cld get enough suction in my mouth my toungue wld stick to tooth and miraculously wld cause enough suction to break the abcess. Well now here i am 2 weeks post back surgery and wham i wake up with the dreaded throb...36 hours later with none of the usual tricks working I depserately found this site...immediately began the salt water rinse had already been doimg the listerine and brushing...the saltwater helped a little...i had no fresh garlic around since i have not been cooking so i cldnt try that. I ravaged the cupboards and found some tea bags...left in on close to two hours...the pain was a little better and the cheek swelling was 75% better. I decided to take a shower while i waited for the hubby to get home with peroxide,cotton balls and baking soda...in the shower i felt my tooth slooooowly draining. When i got out i brushed, used peroxide and mouth wash...was really staring to feel better but i decided the do the half baking soda half salt on cottonballs. I am doing that as I write, which is probably why tbhis is so long winded! It seems like it might be working...there is no more throbbing and the facial swelling is about gone. Thankfully all the post surgery meds have allowed me to sleep off and on but i do caution all BE CAREFUL mixing any medications with alcohol...esp tylenol and narcotics. my next step is to hit up dentist and have the damn thing pulled. Good luck to all...if anything reading all the posts helps to keep your mind off the pain! Hope this site can bring relief to all who need it.
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