Hi Kate -
Man that sounds like you have had some incredible pain issues to deal with. I feel so weak by comparison. This of course is why women keep the human race going, we men cannot possibly expect we are strong enough to carry a child and give birth!
Fortunately I did not need a root canal. I had a temp crown for a couple of weeks, and then they put on the permanent crown, and that part of it went very well. No pain whatsoever.
My dentist did not prescribe me any pain meds other than a prescription mouthwash. We discussed this on the phone this evening, and he said many of his patients who have swollen and infected gums from years of neglect end up having various degrees of pain during treatment, particularly after a debridement which is what I had on Friday. He said some feel fine, and other need pain meds, and I am just one of the latter.
The problems I’m having now, he thinks, are from the debridement - or better, the problems he is addressing which led to my needing a debridement, from staying away from the dentist out of fear for about 7 years. After putting in the crown he did the debridement and injected all of the gum-tooth pocket things with a medication. He said my gums were very inflamed and infected. For the first few days after the debridement my gums felt great, but now they hurt.
Anyway, he had given me a prescription mouthwash to use for a month after the debridement, before I go for my descaling next month. The reason why I suspect he is right in thinking I have gum infection now, that needs to be addressed by medication, is that when I used the medicated mouthwash this evening, I felt better almost immediately, whereas the ibuprofen alone was helping somewhat, but taking a long time. The topical application of the mouthwash was excellent and now I am sitting here and only feeling a tiny bit of pain, so I should be able to sleep.
I am hoping that with some antibiotics that things will go better tomorrow, and I can go back to work…I am also hoping that this is not something more serious. So thank you for your prayers and please know that I am keeping you and the other posters in my own!