Friday, 22 November 2013

Tooth Extraction: The scenario, the diagnosis, the cure

For the past few months I have been suffering with an abcess on the gumline above a tooth. I accidentally got elbowed in the face while I was asleep and from then on I had trouble with it.

I visited the doctor who told me to go to the dentist and they gave me a course of antibiotics which did not solve the abcess issue at all. I put off going to the dentist for several months.

I plucked up the courage to visit the dentist as an emergency admission. And they told me that the knock had just killed the tooth, there was an infection around the root which had spread into my sinus' and effected my eyesight too.

I was given two options.

1. Root Canal - Involving drilling through the dead tooth and removing the nerve from the roots and a course of antibiotics to "resolve" the infection.

2. Tooth Extraction - Remove the tooth fully which removes the infection too.

I opted for the Tooth extraction as I was told that with the root canal there are no guarentees that the issue would be resolved and as I had already been on antibiotics which didnt get rid of the infection. The extraction would be the best option.

I had the tooth removed yesterday and as of yet I have felt no pain. Whether this is due to my high pain tolerance or the fact that the tooth was so painful when it was in my mouth its a relief to my system that the tooth is no longer there.

Overall I am very impressed and I think that I made the right decision. I even got the tooth as a souvenir. As it was an emergency admission on the NHS it was only £18. If I had gone to my dentist it would have cost over £60 in total.

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