Abscess Tooth? Root Canal?

I am sure you all must be wondering what has displaced me for the past five days. It’s been a combination of dealing with an abscess tooth with the potential of needing a root canal (self-diagnosis with the help of others) while trying to avoid a costly trip to the dentist and really not feeling like blogging amidst all of it.

Last week my back molar that has been missing part of a filling for well over a year started bothering me. I have staved off any major issues by using Thieves essential oil and Thieves spray. I think it was just this year that I lost the rest of the filling. Then either chewing gum or chomping down hard last Tuesday or Wednesday on some food made my tooth start to ache. On Thursday I woke up to a swollen lower cheek/jaw bone. Friday/Saturday it had moved to the middle of my chin. Sunday it started to settle down. Monday it was the same or a little better. Today it seems to be a bump. That’s the good news.

Here is me in all my glory (kind of scary, I know!) :

Thursday, October 18th

Friday, October 19th


I haven’t eaten much in the past six days. Today is the only day I actually ate all three meals because I have a bit more mobility for chewing (on one side). It’s painful to yawn or chew and my cheek/jawbone area is tender to touch or to lay on. While I should be starving I find I am not, but I am hungry and craving things that would just melt in my mouth. I survived three days on piece of cheese cake, minus most of the crust because it was just easier to eat.

I have treated this dental issue with warm salt water rinses, Thieves essential oil, Thieves spray, Helichrysum and Cloves essential oil. I have taken Ningxia Red and Inner Defense to boost my immune system and to ward off the infection. My drink preference has been hot lemon tea with raw honey as it has beneficial enzymes and good bacteria to help my body fight the infection. Plus my tooth isn’t as sensitive to warm as it is to cold.

If the swelling and pain goes away the only thing I will be making an appointment for is a filling to cover that cavity back up. Otherwise the dentist might just confirm that I do indeed have an abscess tooth in need of a root canal, which I will still try to avoid by prolonging the use of my alternative care methods…..because avoiding a root canal is my goal in all of this. I have read some nasty things about them and know others who were able to successfully treat and avoid a root canal.

So have you ever had an abscess tooth or had a root canal? Try avoiding a root canal? Do tell all in the comment section below!

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  1. Ugh, so sorry to hear you’ve been miserable. I hope it continues to get better and that you just need another filling and not a root canal.

  2. Abby says:

    I’ve had 3 root canals all as a result of having a super old school dentist as a small child and teen and he used large old style fillings, which became loose, and one even fell out!

    The pain of an oral infection, as you know is the *worst* pain ever, for me it was worse than being in labor.

    You will feel a million times better when you get to the dentist and they get you an rx for antibiotics, and when you get the root canal.

    I’m sure you already know this, but left unchecked, dental infections can cause heart attacks and strokes.

  3. I’m so sorry you are uncomfortable but you really should go see a dr!

  4. Sheri says:

    My husband has had root canals but I never have. I hope you feel better soon!

  5. Mellisa says:

    I am so sorry your going through this!! Tooth pain is the worst.I actually had a root canal about 2 weeks before Brandcation. I was sooo scard but my tooth hurt so bad I didn’t care I just wanted the pain to stop. The root canal was not bad at all! No pain other than the injection at first to numb the area. No pain after the procedure either. I am really glad that I had it done (other than the big hit I took on my wallet) Root canals are expensive.

  6. Kathleen says:

    Oh no! You poor thing. I sure hope you get to feeling better soon!

  7. Leilani says:

    I’ve never had a root canal, and I’m keeping my fingers crossed I never need one.

  8. I’m sorry you had to go through this, dental pain is the worst kind. I hope you are feeling better soon.

  9. Courtney says:

    Ugh I had an abscess.. it was horrible, so bad that I welcomed the root canal!

  10. HilLesha says:

    Oh, goodness! I hope that you get to feeling better. :(

  11. Poor thing. Praying for a speedy recovery.

  12. Colleen says:

    Oh yikes that does not sound fun at all.

  13. Toni says:

    I’ve never had an abcess but have had a root canal, I am the wrong person to ask b/c I am dentist scared. I have a phobia of even cleanings and freak out when I have to have work done LOL

  14. Jennifer says:

    oh gosh. tooth pain is the worst pain EVER. maybe even worse than being in labor.

    I hope you can heal it or just get your butt in to see the dentist!

  15. I hope you feel better soon!

  16. Donna says:

    I had an abscess once, and although the dentist wanted to do a root canal, at the time I just didn’t need the extra financial strain, so I opted for an extraction. That was many years ago, you can’t see it… but I wish I had gone with the root canal (and I have a phobia of dentist or anyone in my mouth). :)

  17. Billie says:

    Ugh, sorry about all this. Tooth pain is the worst! I had to have a tooth pulled once because it hit a nerve.

  18. those are no fun. OUCH!!! I hope your feelin better soon

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