- Aug 26, 2020
- United Kingdom
Hi lovely dentists! Firstly I want to thank those of you that replied to my last posting on here a year ago, it helped me so much I actually went to the dentist regularly to sort out some underlying issues I had. My dental fear eased hugely and I found a patient and kind dentist who is amazing. So things were going great…however, I’ve had a crappy year personally and I had to put off my final 2 fillings for a couple of months because I was nursing my terminal grandfather and then moving house and then my aunt died so it was a whole drama. ANYWAY, to the point - I had some pain in my gum around the teeth that need filling just under 2 weeks ago (nothing intense, mainly soreness and discomfort) but I couldn’t get an appointment with my dentist and 111 (over cautious as always) booked me in with an emergency dentist just in case it was an abscess.I went along, and this dentist was kinda rude but oh well, as long as they do the job I don’t really need them to be nice. She had a poke around and pressed the teeth with the cavities and I didn’t feel any pain, she then pressed the gum and I winced and it bled. She did an X-ray and told me it was not an abscess and that the teeth were not decayed close enough to the pulp and no infection was in the tooth and it was gum disease and to salt water and floss throughly and keep great dental hygiene. She told me that yes the fillings did need doing but that they would be okay for a little while until I could get into see my regular dentist. Okay fine, I can deal as my tooth was not hurting, just the gum and I could deal with that. So I came to visit my parents for a week and the gum was not improving despite my efforts. I had an anxiety attack this morning (anxiety has been high due to stress and grief and I own up to this) so I decided to go to the dentist I’m registered at near my parents home. First off he refused to X-ray it as it was only X-rayd last week and he didn’t want to expose me to unnecessary radiation so he asked me to tell him exactly what the other dentist had said. So I passed that information on and he took a look and said it is an abscess because the decay on my tooth goes up underneath the gum and gave me some antibiotics. I am taking them but all this has stressed me out getting conflicting information! The gum is red and tender and slightly swollen, but I was always told abscesses are huge and they swell up your face. I’m now panicked about getting sepsis from the abscess because everyone loves to scare you with that. I can’t get booked in with dentist until 27th October as she is away on holiday. Will I be okay until then? He’s given me amoxicillin 3x a day for 5 days. I’ve attached a photo of it helps, yes I know my teeth aren’t great but I was working on that until all this lol. Thank you in advance for any replies!