Tooth abscess

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HARDWARE11
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Tooth abscess

Post by HARDWARE11 » Sat Jan 20, 2018 12:18 pm

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About 9 years ago I started to have terrible pain in my left ear and sinuses. These continued for six months with constant problems with upper respiratory infections, nose drip, and ear aches. I went to my GO at MGH who saw the swelling on.left side of face and sent me to ENT specialist who took x ray and cat scan and said no issues but to see my Dentist. Following week I saw my Dentist who also notice swelling and took x rays but said no dental issues?I said I had a small pimple growing above my #12, can I e tooth which was painful. He said still no issues from dental prospective? This condition has waxed and waned over the years and I developed continued swelling on left new, colds, fatigue, muscle pains, constant sinus problems, and general miserable
annoying health problems including two hospital stays for fever, and pulmonary emblomism...but Doctors could not find any problems?
Finally a month ago I saw my G.P. who sent me to specialist Ear,Nose, Throat. He said I needed mouth
guard. Following week went to my Dentist who took X rays said I was OK and took impressions for mouth guard. During follow up his hygienist noticed a rather large abscess on #12 Tooth canine. Dentist 3rd checks and tells me I do have excessive and need root canal.
During root canal he stops because of calcification and dents me to specialist who is currently working on drain pus and decay from abcess. My questions:
1. Could you have abscess for 8 or 9 years without dentist seeing?
2. Could my doctors giving me antibiotics stop problem for short period times only to flare back up?
3. Could this infection be a cause for many of the problems I have had over past 4 years?
4. Why didn't anyone listen to my constant complaints about the small pimples doubling in size?
Since the abscess has been draining I have had a renewed sense of energy and my neck, back, and left side pain seems to be going away?
I think this abscess is the root cause of many of my medical issues?

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Re: Tooth abscess

Post by mbornfeld » Sat Jan 20, 2018 1:25 pm

1. Could you have abscess for 8 or 9 years without dentist seeing?
What is the state of the dentist's focus, attention, and diagnostic acumen? Of course, the answer could (sadly) be "yes".
2. Could my doctors giving me antibiotics stop problem for short period times only to flare back up?
Yep. Antibiotics do not cure dental infection; at best, they can temporarily suppress it.
3. Could this infection be a cause for many of the problems I have had over past 4 years?
I suppose it's possible, but since most of your other "problems" reside in the realm of medicine, I am not qualified to comment.
4. Why didn't anyone listen to my constant complaints about the small pimples doubling in size?
If I was inclined to do what many clinicians do-- blame the victim-- I'd say you didn't make a sufficiently convincing case to your doctors. I suspect, though, that the problem is more systemic: many doctors have neither the desire nor the patience to be good diagnosticians.

Think of it this way: you're fortunate that the source of the problem was (belatedly) discovered. Not all patients are so lucky...
Mark Bornfeld DDS
Brooklyn, NY

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