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Tooth abcess in pregnancy...anyone else?

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Deaconwood Tue 18-Nov-08 10:39:44

Has anyone else had a tooth abcess in pregnancy, or other teeth/gum problems?

I am 25 weeks and my tooth started throbbing painfully last Friday, and I got it confirmed as an abcess yesterday. Now on antibiotics (amoxicillin) and having to take the full recommended dosage of paracetamol (not that it seems to do much for the pain..). Despite everyone saying all these things are fine to take during pregnancy, I still feel so anxious about it! It is so painful and I feel totally fed up!

The whole thing has been made much more stressful by the fact that I am one of those unfortunate (stupid?) people who was in the progress of getting a dentist when this happened. I had registered with a local dentist, but because I hadn't seen them for a 'check up' yet they refused to see me as an emergancy case or make any future appointments - and made me feel like complete dirt in the process! The least little thing sets me off at the moment anyway, so I got myself into a complete state about this and had to spend yesterday trekking miles away to see an emergency dentist to get some antibiotics.

Just wondered if anyone else has experienced anything else like this? I have had an abcess before, but being pregnant seems to make the whole thing so much worse!

broodymom Tue 18-Nov-08 11:22:10

Hi i have a thread from a couple of days ago about toothache it wasnt an abcess but i had one before in my last pg and had to take antibiotics everything was ok.
I just got a tooth out on friday (im 18 weeks pg) as i couldnt bear the pain any longer feeling great today which is a relief!

They say you lose a tooth for every pregnancy and with me that is certainly true! this is my 3rd baby and my 3rd tooth pulled on fri! Toothache is always one of my first pregnancy symptoms i think its all the extra blood pumping around that makes it worse.

Give me childbirth over toothache anyday! grin

Wade Tue 18-Nov-08 13:20:41

Agree with broodymom. Childbirth will be a breeze after a tooth abscess... You may need treatment after the antibiotics though so may be worth making the check up appt with your new dentist anyway.

Deaconwood Tue 18-Nov-08 13:31:21

I'm glad to hear it's not just me! I wish I could just pull it out, but sadly it is my front tooth

I've already had a root canal for an abcess in the same tooth about 10 years ago - so I guess they;ll have to re-do all of this...I just hope my new dentist will make a start straightaway at my 'check-up' appointment next wednesday and won't make me wait another week or two for an appointment!

dilbertina Tue 18-Nov-08 13:42:20

Ohh poor you! Word of warning though - they may well not be able to re-do root canal yet because of need for xray. I got a tooth abcess in early pregnancy (but a back tooth). The dentist cleaned it all out and put some anti-inflammatory in and bunged on a temporary filling, hopefully it will outlast the pregnancy! He will not do root canal till after birth. Hopefully your new dentist will at least be able to get rid of pain though. Good luck!

dinkystinky Thu 20-Nov-08 17:12:17

My teeth and gums are awful this pregnancy. Had an infection a few months ago - cleared up with out antibiotics though have to keep area clean. Then another molar shattered this week - have had to have a temporary filling as they couldnt do an x-ray: will need to go back after the baby is born...

Deaconwood Fri 21-Nov-08 16:06:16

My antibiotics have finally kicked in - so relieved to feel almost human again after a week of pain!!

Babybaby2017 Sun 15-Jan-17 07:17:14

Hi I have already had an infection in a tooth that has a crown and had root canal. I'm now pregnant with second baby 23 weeks and now on second course of antibiotics for infection. Dentist is telling me to come back for X Ray and treatment after baby is here. Is it safe waiting? Can I not see an endodontist? And who would just have the tooth out?

Laura05 Sun 15-Jan-17 10:48:49

I had an absess during my last pregnancy. Luckily for me it had a small hole so freely leaked meaning I wasn't in complete agony! I was given antibiotics and took paracetamol although it does absolutely sweet f.a!

My assess was in a tooth with a filling so once baby was born in had it drained, root canal treatment and eventually the tooth out as still had bother and another absess.

The tooth probably could've been saved if I hadn't have been pregnant but my dentist prefers to leave all treatment unless it's causing considerable pain.

Right now I have a crumbling filling in another tooth which needs replaced but waiting til baby arrives so I can get it done.

Babybaby2017 Sun 15-Jan-17 12:39:53

Hi thanks for reply so not just me then. Think I can deal with loosing tooth if it causes this much hassle. Thankfully this will be my last baby so I guess I can review options after but I have had nothing but bother with it for 2 years. I have been looking at dental implants but scared ha I hate teeth especially as I get older

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