I had a wisdom tooth that developed a rather nasty infection. I went to see the dentist and he told me that it needed to come out and to schedule an appointment with a specialist. I did, but their first opening was much further out than I was hoping for. I’ve gone through the antibiotics and things were fine for a while. Now, though, it is starting to ache a bit when I chew. Does this mean the infection has returned? I don’t get much time off and if I go back to the dentist, I won’t be able to get the time out for the surgery. At the same time, I’m worried the surgeon won’t do the procedure if I have an infection. I feel trapped. What do I do?
It does sound like the infection is back. While it is advisable for the infection to be under control before the extraction, it is not imperative. What is more important is that you don’t allow the infection to grow any further. Your jaw is very close to your heart and lungs. You don’t want the infection traveling and getting out of control. Tooth infections are considered dental emergencies for a reason.
Fortunately, you will not have to choose between getting more antibiotics and having the surgery. You can call the dentist who initially prescribed the antibiotic to you and tell them you need a refill with enough to get you to the surgery and about five days after. They shouldn’t have a problem just calling that in for you.
If for some reason he is not cooperative, you can simply call your oral surgeon and tell them what is going on.
They should have no problem calling one in to your pharmacy for you.
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