- Sep 17, 2014
Hello! I can't take this pain any more and found this site for help. I'm 62 years old and have had a lot of dental work done. The past several years, due to a medication I took that had dry mouth as side affect, I developed a LOT of tooth decay. Every time I went into the dentist, there was more decay. I just couldn't stay on top of it, no matter how good my hygiene was. The dry mouth did a number on my teeth. So I'm now at the point where I'm needing to have some teeth extracted. The latest were two left lower molars. They both had root canals a few years back w/o having crowns put on as I was waiting for insurance to kick back in. I had paid SO much out of pocket, I decided to wait till first of the year but there were always other teeth that became decayed. Then these two molars became badly infected (abscessed) which I didn't realize until I felt the pain and there was actually pus that came out! I had these two molars extracted exactly a week ago. The dentist put me on pain killers and Clindamycin antibiotic along with other instructions such as warm water salt rinse. I called the dentist a few days ago when the pain was so bad, I felt I needed him to look at it again. He put me on a higher dosage of Clindamycin (from 450 mg daily to now 900 mg daily or twice as much). I read that this is one of the stronger antibiotics for infection. Is there a better one for abscesses? Should I wait for the higher dosage to kick in? Is this normal to have so much pain following extraction of abscessed tooth? Any suggestions would be very appreciated. This pain is making me crazy It "lets up" some from the constant intense throbbing to a dull ache but is never completely gone. Thank you!