Hi Everyone and thank you for this site!
Here is my question/problem - On Friday, May 23rd I had a lower left bicuspid pulled with an immediate denture placed. The tooth that was extracted was sheared almost to the gum line and had pins and such poking out (long story) and was causing gum discomfort. The extraction seemed successful, although the dentist was skeptical at first due to the fact that it had been through two root canals and so on. So...Friday night into Saturday proved to be uneventful as far as pain and swelling. Saturday I removed the dentures for two hours as instructed then replaced them until Sunday at the same time. Saturday night I began to fill discomfort and a little bit of throbbing, (I had a couple drinks with my children believing that since 24 hours had passed that it would be safe) and could really feel pressure by the time the dentures came out on Sunday. I have not put the dentures in since then. I have minor swelling in the jowl area and my cheek is slightly puffy. I have a dull ache when I open speak or move my mouth a certain way and there is a little redness inside my mouth at the extraction between my gum and cheek. The dentist that extracted my tooth only specializes in the extraction itself and the placement of dentures...for all other purposed I am to see a regular dentist, which would be fine but my dentist is no longer practicing. So...to make a long story short and to get to the root of my problem (pun intended!), I cannot take an antibiotic even if there is a small infection. I ended up in the hospital for several days in October with Clostridium Difficile due to antibiotic use (clindamyacin) for another extraction/root canal and bridge placement. I contacted my physician, he told me to use Listerine several times a day. Does anyone have any suggestions? I can see that I don't have a dry socket, and I understand that the pain is excruciating and I'm uncomfortable but not screaming! I've been using tea bags at bed time, salt water, warm rags, ice bags, and so on. I really don't know what other direction to turn. I know that everyone's first response is antibiotic but that is not an option for me. Please advise!!
Thank you very much!!