If I have severe dental pain I would definitely do anything that can be done, to relieve the pain. Especially if there is an abscess which needs to be drained, it definitely definitely needs urgent attention. All these painkillers didn't even touch it, why suffer any more? Most importantly the infection needs antibiotics asap so the quicker you get seen, the quicker the pain goes away. I would go to 24/7 dentist. I have done so in the past. Good luck.
In these circumstances I’d get seen. I was seen for similar at the on call dentist within the walk in centre on Boxing Day. It cost £50 as I had my own dentist but to be honest, I’d have paid whatever they wanted, I just needed the pain to be gone.
I'm not registered with nhs due to local closures but I have seen a private dentist yesterday who said it's infected and I'm booked in for an extraction. I can call them in the morning and I will definitely if I don't ring anyone tonight. It's just getting through tonight that's seeming hard at the moment.
Thank you both. I think I might have to call. Hope they don't think ffs.
Definitely call, if you are in this much pain it would be warranted. Have you started antibiotics yet? Your dentist should've prescribed them yesterday as I'm sure the infection needs to be treated before an extraction (thats what I've always been told when I've had abscesses & needed extractions). I hope you get seen soon, tooth pain is awful
Yes this is it. My dentist described 'urgent care' as when you reach the stage of pain where the painkillers no longer touch it and you are seriously thinking about getting a pair of pliers out of the toolbox to pull the damn thing out youself.
And I'm on a private dental plan! Dread to think how anyone who isn't would cope.
Thank you all for the good advice. I applied more oragel (orajel?) and took one more ibuprofen (got advice on that first), applied an ice pack and miracle, it's actually eased off enough that I can wait until the morning.
I did call 111 and they were very kind and helpful. There's a separate line thing for dental issues. Talked it through and as it's now gone down from 'hunting for the pliers' to 'clutching my cheek but manageable', I'm going to wait until morning and call first thing for an emergency app with the dentist I saw today. I'll ask about antibiotics again, perhaps I misunderstood. He was very good.
Thank you all again, I'll know what to do if it happens again. Fingers crossed the damn thing will be out soon. 😬 So relieved it's eased off.
I'd say an urgent dental appointment would be necessary if you're in unbearable pain that you can't cope with for long or if your tooth has been damaged, when my fillings fall out I always get emergency same day appointments to get new ones and when I had to have one extracted because I was in so much pain I got one same day
Keepnthr ice on it d d fon’t Use heat as it can draw the infection into the facial tissues (my dentist is always very clear about this) swish with hot (as you can stand) salt water every 30 minutes. It’s awful my mother had to see out of hours one weekend as she had toothache that started on a Friday. The hospital dentist said ‘you can save the tooth if you wait and see your own dentist or I can pull it and the pain will reduce considerably. She just said ‘get the pliers’.
when i have called NHS direct with similar they normally arrange a same day appointment with an emergency dentist, if you are anywhere near Manchester there is a dental hospital that has an"A andE" service that see people on a first come first served basis ,good luck abscesses can be agony