I just had a molar pulled out last Thursday. (in Colombia) Cost nothing at all, just like medical care. Dentist gave me something called diclofenaco, to reduce inflamation and pain. Three 3 ml doses. In Colombia they just give you the syringe and you have to find someone to inject it. Do you have any friends who can inject this? he asks. Not sure if they really want to, can I inject myself? He looks at me funny then agrees, so I get a handful of syringes and ampules, but pretty quickly find a friend who's injected lots of cows on the family farm. Problem solved. That drug worked great, by the way. No narcotic effects and really did eliminate the pain.
Thanks Scott - you did indeed call the vertical fracture and need to extract a while back. BTW, I mentioned this possibility to my dentist after you mentioned it but she did not flinch.
Weird thing is that she didn't even recognize the infection/bone loss/reabsorption from the x-ray. Rather she had someone else look at it. I find that a bit scary. I would think even and "ordinary" dentist would know what that looks like. Maybe time for a new regular dentist.
So happy to have that pest out of my head!
The swelling is absolutely spectacular! I look like elephant man. Hope that goes away soon. I have to teach tonight so I'll be scaring people on public transportation and in the classroom. :)
That stuff is made for getting rid of Tapeworms! Stop it now!
Just joking. Its Diclofenac, a fairly effective NSAID, like Motrin, Ibuprofen or Aleve. I think you might get better pain relief from 800 mg of Advil, Motrin or Ibuprofen in tablet form....and you don't have to have a buddy inject you. Which is probably kind of fun for your friends though. I don't want to rob them of the experience, but you may not even need it if you do some warm salt water rinses and keep ice on it for a couple days. Good luck.
Hope you get better Crimpie. Thanks for this thread Scott, just noticed it. Very cool of you too offer this to the taco tribe. Now, if we could get a lawyer and physician on here who gives free advice we would be set,lol :-)
I just went to the dentist for a tooth I broke a couple days ago. Let me premise that it had a root canal 20 yrs ago and has been slowly ground to a pulp (no pun intended). Its the far back lower molar. The dentist gave me several options two of which require bone removal to make room to fix. The other was simply removing it and that its not that bad because its the 1st molar.
It was interesting that he noticed my bite was not correct and there was some discussion about me breaking and dislocating my jaw (break at the joint) 20 years ago. He didn't tell me what decision to make but hinted that due to lack of space in the back and an incorrect bite that it maybe better to correct the bite and cut my losses.
I had it pulled (not pretty for me) today. Afterward he said I was better off without it. I'm scheduled for a full evaluation in a month. Its the first time I saw this guy but he was super confident in his abilities and seemed like my super hero in this problem.
So....might I be better to call it good and rather than an implant in that small space and the bone restructuring required, use the effort to correct the bite and move on. I'm 40 by the way with a full set of teeth otherwise.
Thanks for offering! I felt he wanted to give me my options but wanted me to decide and I would like advice as a non patient. I know it all depends but any thoughts would help moving forward.
Having crowns put on 6-12. Sleep grinding when younger = my 56 year old teeth are ready. Plus me a businessman professional so need a nice smile.
My dentist went for the “rapid treatment” timeline. 2 sessions a week for 3 weeks = molds are now made so now just awaiting the permanent crowns.
So here is my Q's? Was this too aggressive? 2 – 3 hours in the chair for 6 sessions in 3 weeks? Lot of Novocaine, too. Am asking because I also have come down with a raging ear infection that likely is no correlation to the treatment other than maybe my immune system beat up from the shots and drilling?
And for that matter, are placements of the cords used in making mold supposed to hurt like a mutherf*kr?
Skywalker. How you doing with that molar gone? If it really is a "first molar", which means it is the closest molar to the front...2nd molars are behind that and 3rd are your wisdom teeth.....you should look into a replacement.
If it is indeed your first molar you probably really want to look into replacement with a dental implant. The first molars are somewhat the cornerstone of the back teeth and it really helps long term to avoid other issues with your bite down the road if you have a good first molar. Especially if you have a history of issues with your occlusion, you may want to consider a consultation for an implant. They are wonderful and very predictable and typically less painful than the extraction. Have a surgeon do it, not a general dentist who also "does implants."