- Jul 7, 2014
Hi everyone. So for as long as I can remember I have been terrified of the dentist, and having anxiety disorder on top of that does not make my situation any easier. I was hoping that if I learned a bit more about what my tooth issue is I might not be so afraid. So over the past 2 years, my second last tooth on the top right of my mouth has cracked and broken, then has formed a hole in the middle exposing what I assume was the nerve. This is where I had to stop eating on that side. Then later I found it had filled with a gum like substance, bu softer that made me think it was an abcess, which when first formed I actually woke up one morning with a bubble of 'dried' blood stuck to the tooth. Months of just avoiding the tooth, I started to get toothaches across the whole right side of my mouth, travelling on the nerve I suspect. I measure my pain from 1 to 3 with 3 being unbearable and me writhing in tears. On average once an hour I would get a pain on level 3 in bursts of 2 or 3 minutes then I would feel nothing. During this time I visited 2 different doctors who prescribed antibiotics and pain relief, after taking both of these the pain was still constant. This weekend however it has changed, now it is in only the broken tooth now at a pain level of 1 and when I touch with my tongue it feels strange, like it doesn't want to be there either. I know that something needs to be done, but I've been so afraid of dentists that I've been putting up with pain for so long. Can anyone tell me what might be going on so maybe I won't be so afraid? Thank you.