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    I had a toothache and called my dentist to make an appointment for Monday. When doing my dental hygiene earlier today I lost the inside of the offending tooth and now the pulp is exposed. The pain has been excruciating and I have been alternating 800 mg Motrin with 1000 mg APAP with minimal (short term) relief. The pain is traveling up to my ears and I am in so much pain I can barely sit up. I called my doctor's after hours care since my dentist is closed and and they told me to go into ED since it sounds like I may have an abscess. I can't get anything but pain pills if I go but hopefully I will be able to sleep tonight. Hopefully it will stop the pain. Is it worth a trip to ED? I don't really know, but the phone triage nurse thinks it is. OMG, I had no idea a tooth could hurt so damn much. I swear my vision gets blurry in and out. I hate going to the ED. I feel like such a loser, leeching on the services of my overworked colleagues.

    Edited to add: Just called ED and the nurse told me to please come in, there's an on-call dentist. Thank God! I may get it pulled tonight!!!!
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    OUCH!!!! I hope you can get some relief. It makes my mouth hurt just thinking about how much pain you are in. Feel better.
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    yes def go to the ED... at least for some pain meds and antibiotics! ouch!
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    keep us posted on how you are... did they pull it??? ouch !!
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    You need to go to the ED ASAP. I had an abscess tooth once and it was the worst pain of my life. I think I would rather go through labor again rather than experience that kind of pain again. I hope you feel better soon.
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    Quote from JB2007
    You need to go to the ED ASAP. I had an abscess tooth once and it was the worst pain of my life. I think I would rather go through labor again rather than experience that kind of pain again. I hope you feel better soon.
    THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT I TOLD DH! I said all four of my c-sections were easier than this pain! I'm on my way now.
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    Is it common for ED to have dentists?
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    i've worked in several large teaching hospitals and yes, the eds have dentists.

    i've had abcessed teeth, and i understand just how bad the pain can be. i'm glad you've gone to the ed, and i sincerely hope that they are able to pull or cap or crown or root canal your tooth -- whatever it is you need. you'll probably need antibiotics in addition to pain meds . . . believe me, if it is abcessed you don't want to skip the antibiotics! when i was much younger and didn't have dental insurance, i tried to "save money" by not going to the dentist when i had a toothache. it got infected, and i ended up going to the ed anyway with fever, chills, and a nasty systemic infection. it could have been worse -- at least i didn't develop valvular disease because of my stupidity!

    i hope that when i come back to this board tomorrow, i'll read that everything has been taken care of and you're feeling much better!
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    I had an abscessed tooth once, it was HORRENDOUS pain!! I hope you went in. Whether or not they have a dentist isn't even the main issue, abscessed teeth can cause systemic infections. You definitely need to see someone!
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    Excrutiating pain of any kind IS CERTAINLY a legitimate reason to go to the ED. I am glad you are going and hope that you can get relief quickly.

    Please trust me when I say that you would not be treated as if you were making a needless visit for what you are suffering through.

    And yes, I would rather go through natural childbirth again in a minute than to suffer through another abcessed tooth.
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