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Hi all,<br>
Last night, around 11 pm, I woke up with a horrible toothache and didn't sleep much until later. This morning, the pain was better, and I went to a dentist (my regular dentist was closed). This dentist recommended a root canal, pain meds (the pain isn't even bad now), and antibiotics. We'll with what I've read about root canals, I'd rather not. And the pain meds, I didn't get...nursing dd and I can handle pain pretty well. He wrote a rx for amoxi but I don't plan on filling it. I started taking grapefruit seed extract since it's a natural antibiotic and pretty powerful. I'm gonna get an appointment with a wonderful holistic dentist hopefully Monday of next week and we'll see what she has to say.<br>
My questions are:<br>
1) Do you think I'm crazy for not getting the antibiotic rx filled (I'm taking Nutribiotic brand Grapefruit seed extract, I called and they said it works just like prescription abx...goes in bloodstream and fights infection, supposedly safe for nursing though there haven't been any studies)...<br>
2) What are other options besides root canal...extraction??? That scares me too, because it can mess up your teeth in the long run and I bet it would hurt<br>
3) if I had it extracted, I'd worry about the injections and pain meds afterwards since I'm nursing...<br>
I know I'm thinking far in advance but I'm really worried...<br>
Any thoughts???<br><br>
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Michelle
 

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Ugh, dental issues are no fun. I don't have a lot to say on point 1, but as for 2 and 3 - if they do perform an extraction there are things that they can do to make sure you don't lose functionality or misalign your other teeth - like a bridge, implant or other replacement of some sort. They'd probably recommend you novocaine, lidocaine, or something else to numb you before the extraction so it wouldn't have to hurt much. Most everything at the dentist is said to be OK when you're nursing - <a href="http://www.kellymom.com/health/illness/dentalwork.html" target="_blank">http://www.kellymom.com/health/illness/dentalwork.html</a><br>
I tend to prefer to do dental work without whenever possible, but often the dentists don't even want to work on you without meds for fear you'll be jumpy.<br><br>
Are you purely worried about the root canal from a pain perspective, or the actual procedure? I had one and really didn't think they're as bad as people make them out to be. The hardest part for me was a temporary clostrophobic type feeling from the dam thing they put over your mouth to isolate the tooth. I didn't take an RX pain med but managed through on extra strength tylenol. Since you say you have a fairly high pain tolerance I bet you could manage as well on that or something similar (dentist recommended ibuprofen or pain meds but I was TTC).<br><br>
Unfortunately in my case the root canal didn't completely fix things and I ended up having exploratory dental surgery to fix it later. That was MUCH worse than either an extraction or the root canal IMO but it did work and I managed that on tylenol as well. Hope you feel better soon. Maybe the holistic dentist has better news for you?
 

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I was in a similar situation a while back - my tooth was infected and the decay went to the root. I asked the dentist point blank what my chances are of the root canal working and she said less than 25% because of the extent of the decay. I am EXTREMELY fearful of the dentist so just going was a huge step for me. I took the option of extraction and she did it on the spot. I did take the antibiotics and took one dose before the extraction. She then put a numbing medicine on my gums and let me sit for 30 minutes. A bit before she started she gave me the nitrous to relax me and then gave me headphones to block out the noise of the procedure. I didn't feel anything but a bit of tugging - not even the novocaine shot! Once the novocaine wore off all I needed was one night with tylenol/advil and I was back to my norman self in the morning.
 

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I had two teeth that sit next to each other worked on at the same time. One was extracted, and the other got a root canal. Lucas was with me, because I am afraid of needles and usually pass out, and he watched them do the extraction. He said they do a "root canal" first. Meaning that they remove the nerve before pulling the tooth. Well, my tooth was so badly decayed that remove the root caused it to shatter and they had to do a surgical extraction. They chased my tooth all the way to the gum. tmi, but they had to cut away at the gum to get it all. Turns out, the tooth was double rooted and they didn't know. The tooth came out in about a dozen pieces. But I have no pain anymore.<br><br>
The tooth with the root canal is a different story. After the experience with the extraction, the root canal was a breeze. It didn't bother me at all. BUT, I don't have dental insurance and don't make much money. $650 for a root canal plus $200 for a surgical extraction is all I can afford at once. And even that is split into 9 monthly payments. I wasn't able to get the crown put on yet (another $650). And the stupid tooth still bothers me. The dentist said that until I get the crown put on it, there's nothing he can do for the pain. The tooth will be extra sensitive and it will be fragile and could possible crack. As soon as I can afford it, I'll be getting the crown. But considering how much pain I am still in every single day, I feel like I wasted $650 on the root canal and would have been better off getting it extracted. Realistically, I know that getting 2 teeth next to each other taken out would be bad, structurally. But from a pain perspective, I don't care about structure. I paid alot of money, and expected pain relief.
 
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