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After the Abscess

Abscess Mostly Gone

It is a week now, since I was at the dentist's and was prescribed a double dose of antibiotics to take for a tooth abscess. At the time, I did not realise how bad it was but after looking up the recommended treatments on the National Health Service (NHS), I can see that the treatment I was given was for a bad situation. The next level would have been hospitalisation with intravenous antibiotics!!!

Back to The Dentist

Not quite the future but treatment is now needed for the tooth. The one that had the abscess needs to be extracted. She x-rayed the tooth and there is a shadow on the film that shows a bit of infection still there, which I suspected because that side is still a little tender and my lymph glands on that side are still slightly enlarged - fighting infection. I don't like getting teeth out, as mine are firmly rooted and she says the x-ray shows good solid bone! But I would like another abscess even less, so it comes out in March. Another tooth needs a root canal treatment. I haven't had one of those, I don't think. And it also has to be capped, which is expensive. Still, the alternative on that one might be the tooth breaking below the gumline and having to go to the dental hospital for treatment.

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VinceSummers wrote on February 17, 2016, 9:47 AM

It is most often women that have dental difficulties, I believe. So-called soft teeth. Of course an abscess may be unrelated. Childbearing in particular leads to calcium depletion.

MegL wrote on February 17, 2016, 10:25 AM

I think I have (a) eaten so much cheese in my life and (b) done a considerable amount of weight bearing exercise so that my bones, thankfully are strong.

VinceSummers wrote on February 17, 2016, 10:39 AM

And there you mention something I've often wondered about. Just because we eat amply of a certain nutrient doesn't mean we will avoid a condition in which that nutrient is apparently depleted. I'm wondering what the actual mechanism of calcium depletion and replenishment is?

MegL wrote on February 17, 2016, 10:56 AM

There's a fair bit of information in line. Exercise helps. Maybe a quirky science article? emoticon :grin:

lookatdesktop wrote on February 17, 2016, 10:58 AM

carbonated soft drinks are one such cause of bone density depletion.

lookatdesktop wrote on February 17, 2016, 11:02 AM

CoralLevang wrote on February 17, 2016, 11:04 AM

Glad to hear that it's getting better. And you may want to look at doing a dental implant for the missing one eventually. It's a little bit more costly than a bridge, but it's so much better. And I've had several root canals just make sure you go to a good dentist for it. Otherwise it can be a little difficult the dentist I use works with extremely high intensity magnification. The military did not. So what ended up happening for mine was some of my teeth were rotten from the inside out. Because amalgam was put over minut bits of decay that they never saw. And that's what caused some of my issues. I do not envy you your work that you'll have to go through. One of the things that I hate the most is going to the dentist

MegL wrote on February 17, 2016, 1:45 PM

If I am REALLY lucky, I might grow a new tooth! emoticon :grin: There is a wisdom tooth above it that has never descended. It may partially descend and possibly take up part of the space! emoticon :grin:

markgraham wrote on February 17, 2016, 2:24 PM

Glad you are starting to feel better and I hope you stay getting better. Who knows that wisdom tooth when comes through will bring wisdom and good luck.

msiduri wrote on February 17, 2016, 5:13 PM

I've had my share of dental woes so I can commiserate. OUCH.

msiduri wrote on February 17, 2016, 5:15 PM

When my brother was about 8 he had to have teeth removed because of malformed jaw. He wore braces until he was in his 30s. To be absolutely clear, he has done no childbearing.

I have had no teeth pulled and never wore braces, though granted, I've had other problems with my teeth. Frankly, sir, I think your observation is nonsense.

MegL wrote on February 17, 2016, 5:45 PM

I took it that VinceSummers was referring to (a) osteoporosis and (b) the additional requirement for dental work during pregnancy and lactation. My mother's generation used to say you "lost a tooth for each child". The NHS in the Uk gives free dental care to pregnant women and those with children under one year old, in recognition of the loss of calcium to the child.

VinceSummers wrote on February 17, 2016, 6:42 PM


CoralLevang wrote on February 17, 2016, 7:00 PM

msiduri may I just say that I love you?! LOL

CoralLevang wrote on February 17, 2016, 7:07 PM

Though that might be true, Vince might have stated it differently; his expert opinion delivery style has been questioned before for such things. LOL . I can appreciate msi's comment. And I always love when Vince chimes in! It makes for some great discussion and debate!

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CoralLevang wrote on February 17, 2016, 7:16 PM

You shouldn't have had so many kids! Me, neither! One was too many! emoticon :winking:

CoralLevang wrote on February 17, 2016, 7:17 PM

That would be cool! Wisdom formed in my upper top and it never games download an eighth of an inch and was removed many years ago.

CoralLevang wrote on February 17, 2016, 7:19 PM

Damn voice activation on my cell phone! I will do this over again when I get home and can look at it. I'm sure that you didn't understand what the hell I said!

MegL wrote on February 18, 2016, 12:45 AM

LOL. I had my lower wisdom teeth erupt but one was "impacted" and was removed. Neither of the upper ones ever descended.

MegL wrote on February 18, 2016, 12:49 AM

Yes, very definitely. There was a study of teenagers comparing those drinking carbonated drinks with those who drank only milk or water. Those drinking carbonated drinks were 7 times more likely to suffer a fracture.

wolfgirl569 wrote on February 19, 2016, 11:20 PM

Glad it is doing better and you will soon get it out. I was always put under for getting a tooth pulled as I had very long roots