Thank you for all the replies!
Originally Posted by Vancouver Mommy
I had an abscess when dd was 5 weeks old and it was the most excruciating pain I've ever experienced. Then four years later the same tooth abscessed again because the dentist didn't get all the way to the end of one of the roots (it was really deep and hidden behind what the dentist thought was bone). I had a second root canal shortly after.
I suspect that my first root canal either wasn't done properly or was just so infected that it was difficult for the dentist to get it all. It was infected pretty deeply and the dentist was working on it for a very long time. Of course, everything was fine until practically the moment I became pg. That's when the area started feeling tender.
Originally Posted by karen1968
I've never had an abcess, but I have a friend who swears by strong camomille tea (as a rinse and ingested) to heal them. the rx should help, and the salt rinses, too. Maybe you can ask your mw about adding some grapefruit seed extract to the rinse? It tastes awful (bitter) but is an anti-bacterial.
It is very important that you treat it, although I hope you don't need a root canal. Imflammation and infection during pregnancy has been linked to not just miscarriage (although I think you may be past the danger point for that - I'm not sure) but also the development of pre-eclampsia.
And I totally understand about tooth issues! I take better care of my teeth now than I ever have. I hadn't had a single cavity since I was 14 or so, but since having DS, I have at least two cavities EVERY TIME I got to the dentist. It is super frustrating.
Argh! When I was pg with ds I was following a traditional foods diet to the letter, which is supposed to be excellent for your teeth. Cod liver oil, raw dairy, no white sugar, etc. And I STILL needed an emergency extraction. I couldn't afford a root canal at the time so I had the tooth pulled. It was a molar that was the furthest back in my mouth so it wasn't such a big deal, at least.
GSE is a great idea. I can get that easily since DH works at a health food store.
Originally Posted by Baby~Braatens~Mama
About a month ago one of my molars starting getting red around the gum, then bled when brushed. About two days later there was a lump on my lower jaw! It swelled my face right up! I was incredibly scared of going to the dentist and having them x-ray my face since I was almost 6 mo pregnant, so I went to the clinic. It was abscessed. They prescribed pennicilin VK and told me to keep the area rinsed with salt water. Within two days the swelling was gone, and I have not had any problems since. I am hoping that we can wait until after delivery for the extraction. I can't imagine the pain associated with a root canal, but am guessing I will want pain meds and refuse to take any while my little man is living inside me. Actually, if I can make it until he is weaned that would be the best, because I want to bf, but will not be on any heavy medications while doing so. I am crossing my fingers that continuing the good care of my teeth and gums will help postpone this operation.
Talk to your ob, or visit any clinic or dentist. I know how painfull and scary this is!
I avoided the dentist at the beginning of this problem too, b/c I didn't want any x-rays. My dentist is very x-ray happy and will take a great deal of them at seemingly any opportunity.
If you have a root canal they just shoot you up with novacaine (at least that's what happened to me.) So you aren't on any heavy drugs. My midwife said that root canals are fine to get while pregnant. The procedure itself wasn't really painful, it just took a very long time and was quite uncomfortable. I hope you don't need one, though!
Originally Posted by VillageMom6
I had an emergency root canal at the very beginning of this pregnancy (in December) and it developed an abscess last month (May). I feel your pain!
recommend amoxycillin to deal with the infection. My midwife also okayed Tylenol with codeine.
Good luck to you, hon!
Oh yes I will be taking that amoxicillin! Can't wait to get my hands on it!
My abscess burst today and I have been cleaning the pus from it periodically. (Blech, totally gross!) At least the tenderness is gone for now. I feel better after all these replies, like I can relax a little. I thought I was going to miscarry at any moment.