I think I possibly have a broken tooth. About a week ago, one of my back molars broke, almost clean in half. This molar is right in front of where my wisdom teeth were extracted. In the time that has passed, I have had horrible pain in my jaw region. I have also experienced terrible pain in the sinus area of my face and nose.
Recently, I began to experience pain in my temple region. Then, just this morning, I woke up with pain in my neck, which starts at my ear and goes toward the front area of my neck.
Unfortunately, I cannot afford to have the tooth completely extracted right now. Therefore, I’ve been taking antibiotics, to deal with the pain. I am not certain whether the pain I’m experiencing is due to the tooth, or if I’m experiencing sinus issues.
I am hopeful that you can help guide me. I am in immense pain and am concerned that, if there is an infection, it could be dangerous.
You have an infected tooth and your infection is spreading. You are correct, this is dangerous. If you don’t see an emergency dentist quickly, the infection could make its way to your brain.
A Tooth Infection is Dangerous
Yes, this is dangerous. Your tooth is infected, and the infection is spreading. If you don’t get this taken care of, it could spread to your brain. Get this taken care of.
See An Emergency Dentist
If you are unable to find an emergency dentist, go to the emergency room at your local hospital. Even if they are only able to make the pain subside, it will help.
The Impact of Antibiotics on Tooth Infection
Taking antibiotics without removing the tooth, or taking care of the infection, can give you temporary relief. However, this can also cause a breeding ground for bacteria. When, not if, but when the infection returns, it will come back worse than before.
This is because the antibiotic is only curing the infection coming out of the tooth, or the pain being caused by the infection, but not taking care of the infection itself.
The only way to take care of the infection inside the tooth is with a root canal treatment or by pulling the tooth.