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Infection in jaws. Extreme pain and feel pressured, pain radiating to ear. Anything serious?

I think i may have an infection in my jaw. i can not afford to see a dentist as it is very expensive. but i will describe my symptoms as best as possible. It start 3 days ago in my right lower back wisdom tooth (which is completely falling apart) I have extreme pain and pressure when i try to open my mouth (cant open my mouth more than an inch), the tooth is sensitive to touch, when i press on the outside of my jaw below the tooth it is very painful(just as painful as tying to open my mouth) the pain now radiates to my ear and im starting to get a constant mild headache/earache. please answer as soon as possible. cause if its something that is an emergency or a bad infection i need to get to the er as soon as possible.
Asked On : Fri, 7 Dec 2012
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Dentist 's  Response
Hello,
Radiating pain can be there because of gum infection or can occur because of impacted wisdom tooth present. In case of severe gum infection, periodontitis, pain is usually localized but can radiate deep into the jaw. If wisdom tooth is impacted that is there is not enough space for wisdom tooth to erupt, then severe pain occurs which may also be radiating to head and neck. TMJ pain, infected tooth and systemic problems like heart disorders can also lead to radiating pain in teeth. Without clinical examination, it is difficult to give definite diagnosis. You can visit your dentist for definite diagnosis and treatment. If there is gum infection present, then dental cleaning, root planning and periodontal surgery can be done for the tooth. If impacted wisdom tooth is reason of radiating pain, then surgical extraction of wisdom tooth can be done. If tooth is infected, then treatment is done for infected tooth. If there is TMJ dysfunction present, then physical therapy, muscle relaxants and splints can be given.
Answered: Sat, 8 Dec 2012
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Dentist Dr. Gunjan Gupta's  Response
Hello,
Thanks for writing in.
I read your problem,it seems that there is infection in the same tooth.
First of all i would like to tell you that wisdom tooth is vestigial,it has very little role in food chewing,so i will suggest you for permanent relief whenever possible go for removal of that tooth otherwise it can damage underling bone.
Now for pain you can take pain killer and antibiotics for infection.
You can perform betadine mouthwash gargles twice daily.
Nothing to get worried.
Take Care
Answered: Sat, 8 Dec 2012
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Dentist Dr. Gunjan Gupta's  Response
Hello,
Thanks for writing in.
I read your problem,first of all i would like to inform you that wisdom teeth are vestigial,these teeth play very little role in food chewing,so it is better to go for extraction of these teeth,if problem occur.
Now you can perform betadine mouthwash gargles and visit an oral surgeon as soon as possible and get the thorough examination done including x-rays and take a proper treatment.
Nothing to get worried.
Take Care.
Dr. Gunjan Gupta
Answered: Mon, 10 Dec 2012
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Dentist Dr. Biju.V.S's  Response
You have to take antibiotics and antiinflammatory/analgesic for five days and afterwards the teeth has to be removed
Answered: Sat, 8 Dec 2012
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