All my fillings from six months ago fell out almost all at once over the last two months (I'm finding a new dentist); I was very foolish and waited to schedule a dentist appt thinking that it might be possible for the hulled molars to recalcify. The nerve in one of them (#32) became exposed and the dentist that had filled them initially refilled that one first (all my other back molars are still hollow making it impossible to chew on the left side and painful to chew and dig food out of the right every time I eat). Three days later I go back due to excruciating pain from any trace of pressure (it hurt to drink water); he glances at it (no xray) and taps it twice, says I need a root canal and prescribes me penicillin (vk 500mg) -- once every six hours for a week (28 pills), 3 of which I managed to drop down the sink. It seemed to go away altogether after the first night but last night I could feel it was definitely worse. It seems a little better now but I'm sure it's still infected.
I only went to this guy because he takes walk-ins (and is pretty inexpensive...); I don't know how soon I can get an appt at another doctor's office -- but I really don't want this dude to come anywhere near my teeth again. I could see going back just to renew my pscrip but if I need a root canal I don't know how immediate it can be.
Edit: I should make it more clear that my main concern is ending up with an antibiotic-resistant tooth infection if I don't go back and get more of the same or something new and stronger.
First, tooth pain sucks, I hope it feels better soon.
Secondly, depending on the pain, there are a few things you can try. If the pain is bearable, you can try natural type remedies, like clove oil or oil of oregano, oil pulling, or a few others. check out "Cure Tooth Decay" on Amazon for a more comprehensive list.
If you are really in pain, try searching for a minimally invasive dentist, or one that will do the least amount of drilling to get the work done. Many times root canals are not needed, and will often lead to worse health outcomes.
If you dont feel comfortable with the dentist that you saw, DO NOT LET THEM NEAR YOUR MOUTH.
Lastly, try to get in some good probiotics or probiotic foods, to help with the gut decimation of antibiotics. Bone broth is also soothing for your intestines.
(1) Find a new dentist
(2) Get X-rays AND have the dentist review them with you. For example "this tooth is OK but needs filling", "this filling is compromised", "this nerve is exposed", etc.
Proceed from there. If you see gray areas around a tooth that is bone resorption = periodontal disease. Before wasting money on a root canal, see a periodontist for an evaluation.
I know there are all sorts of caries cure claims, etc. out there. If you've had teeth drilled and filled, you're past that point. Fillings should not fall out. If oral AB's don't knock clear infection down there are injectable ones that can be applied locally nowadays.
This is just me, but playing with natural remedies may work, or it may make you lose teeth. I err on the side of save the tooth if you can, intervene as early as possible. On the one hand I'm a lucky tooth decay resistant person. OTOH I've had isolated bone loss/infection problems now a decade ago and wish a dentist had diagnosed them sooner rather than do useless root canals!
Why would you want an xray at this point on this tooth? The dentist could evidently see what was wrong with the tooth without bombarding you unnecessarily with ionising radiation. An xray has to be clinically justified. I bet if he had taken a whole lot of xrays that you did not feel were justified you'd complain about that too. I don't wish to sound harsh but you say that most of your teeth are "hollow", which suggests a lifetime of neglect. You need to make your teeth a priority. Get a recommendation from someone you trust for a good dentist, ask questions, work on your oral hygiene, get treatment, and be prepared to pay for it.
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