Posted by: Krista | 2005/12/11


Tooth abcess

Dear Doc

I have just developed an abcess in one of my lower jaw's back teeth. Over a period of two years, this is the third time I received antibiotics for the same tooth. I actually thought that my denstst removed the nerve previously, and was quite surprised when the abcess reappeared. My dentist said that if the tooth does not settle down, extraction will be an option. But in this day and age, isn't there some other option to permanently sort out the problem? What are my alternatives?
Secondly, I really had a terrible few days behind me, as I had to wait for the antibiotics to take effect. I used Myprodol and Mybulen (alternatd it) but neither were effective for the pain. If I ever have an abcess in future, what can I do to control the pain? This is my third day on the antibiotics, and I still experience a lot of pain and my face (jaw line) is visibly swolen. I used the antibiotics rigidly, rinsed my mouth regularly with salt water. I still need relieve.
Thirdly, is there an endodontist in Gauteng? Do we have specialists like these in South Africa?

Thank you for your assistance!

Expert's Reply


Oral health expert

Recent research has shown that the most effective treatment for a failed root canal is to have the treatment redone. I would see an endodontist (specialises in root canal treatment) and get his opinion. An apicectomy (procedure where the tip of the tooth root is cut)can also be done.

Contact the Dental Asociation for a list of endodontists.

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Posted by: Carole | 2006/09/09

My dentist has adviced me to have the above mentioned procedure on a failed root canal.
Is it okay for a dentist to do this procedure in this rooms or should i cunsult a speacialist??
It is a pre molar
Thank you


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