I had a wisdom tooth that was hurting and went to see my dentist. He said it was infected and sent me to some kind of specialist. He told me all the wisdom teeth needed to be removed, but can’t do it for a couple of months. He did prescribe me an antibiotic but that is gone. Now the tooth is hurting again. Does this mean the tooth infection is back? What do I do?
Yes, your infection has returned. You don’t want to leave this until your appointment. Your jaw is very close to your brain. If the infection reaches there, a dental emergency turns into a life-threatening emergency. One thing you can do is call the dentist and ask him to write you another prescription. It should last from now until a few days after your extractions. He shouldn’t have a problem with that.
Even if your symptoms go away again keep taking the antibiotics. A tooth infection is only solved by the infected tissue being removed. You are on your way to doing that, but too many people make the mistake of thinking when symptoms are removed, so is the infection. The antibiotics are there to hold back the infection, not cure it.
You didn’t mention your age. That is an important factor in wisdom tooth removal. The ideal time for them to be removed is your late teens to early twenties. The older you get beyond that the higher risk you are for complications. Make sure if you are in a high-risk category, your dentist goes over all the risks with you.
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