hi, i have posted here before and explained a bit about some of my dental woes, but today i have a question i would love to have answered.
i have a infected front tooth, developed a fistula and everything. i also have a abcessed molar.
this front tooth had a root canal done in feb '04, it was terribly infected then and they performed a apidectomy (sp?) to remove the infected tissue. i never went back to have my crown put on (i know, i know, no need for the lecture, lol). since that time i don't ever put pressure on it beause i know it is a weak/dead tooth. i never ever actually 'bite' into anything. well...around feb '05 it developed a fistula, a 'pus pimple' if you want it in simple terms. lol. so i know it is infected and will probably have to be exctracted.
the molar is what is really worrying me. i broke it the very first time on 2001 and broke the rest of it real bad in 2003/04. it is now about half a tooth, its missing the entire right half that faces outward, down below the gumline. i don't believe that there is any pulp left in it at all, seeing as how i clean it out with a toothpick i know it is basically hollow. except the part waay below the gumline. that is just terrible infected.
when i was at the dentist last month to have the molar extracted on the other side, the dentist took x-rays of that tooth and when he saw it, he sucked in his breath, shook his head and said 'oh gurrrrll'. he wanted to pull it out that day, but since i was there to get another tooth removed, i was completly out of cash to get the other done. i saw the x-ray myself and i saw how bad the abcess was/is. and it is ugly. a big necrotic, puss filled, nasty abcess. to put it mildly.
i don't feel any pain in the tooth at all (unless i get a bit of food jammed down in there or something). and i don't feel any pain in the front tooth that is infected either. but i know for a fact that they are both teeming with infection.
i have been able to handle all this surprisingly well, but one thing does worry me. what is the worst that can happen to me? i have heard so many rumours that i don't know what to believe. i have been told (all by ppl in the dental field) that prolonged deep infections can cause a jaw infection, or it can spread thru my body, making me sick, causing a blood infection, or causing sepsis, or even death. i have even heard such things as developing a brain abcess. do i need to worry about these things? [smiley=confused.gif] could any of these things be happening to me now and i don't realize it? any help with this would be sooooo appreciated.
and yes, i do have plans to get things taken care of, and extracted, but that will all have to come with more time (really, its the $$$).
thanks in advance for any advice...