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abcessed tooth

Postby bz45 » Fri Jan 13, 2012 7:13 pm

Has anyone here had to contend with an abcessed tooth while undergoing chemo? What was done for it? Right now, I'm on antibiotics waiting for the swelling to go down (not to mention diving into my percocet stash). It's driving me nuts and I'd like the nasty painful sucker out of my head. But I'm wondering if the Avastin and slightly low platelet count would be contraindications. I'd appreciate hearing from anyone with this unfortunate experience. Thanks.
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Re: abcessed tooth

Postby Grace14 » Fri Jan 13, 2012 7:29 pm

I had an abcess right before I started chemo I too was on antibiotics. I had to have my wisdom tooth removed before I started chemo I was gonna wait but my Onc didn't want to chance it getting infected again so I had it pulled!! Good luck!
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Re: abcessed tooth

Postby CRguy » Fri Jan 13, 2012 8:32 pm

bz45 wrote:.... But I'm wondering if the Avastin and slightly low platelet count would be contraindications.

Talk to your dentist, but my experience is that they get "interested and concerned" when we are even on chemo, let alone having low platelets and Avastin.

My advice : get the infection contained with whatever Abx's you need. That helps to protect the rest of your body first. Then you can have the dentist talk re : extraction or other surgery ?????

I do these all the time and will not do a full major surgery on a severely infected mouth until we get the bugs under control....( 24-48 hours of high level heavy duty meds....or VERY high levels IV while under GA if it is an emergency situation ). Bleeding issues are less important ( in my line of work ), but with severe clotting disorders, I do not take any chances and do clotting screens prior, if there is a major extraction or dental surgery involved. Forewarned IS forearmed for my patients....'cos they can't tell me how they're doing :shock:
( I am a Vet.)

If a quick extraction WILL relieve the pain and allow the infection to drain, then we'll do it...but there are always lots of high power antibiotics on board before we start.

What have your Onc and Dentist said. They are the ones I would listen to for your own situation.
PM me if you need more info ????

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Re: abcessed tooth

Postby RixInPhx » Fri Jan 13, 2012 9:23 pm

Please inform your onc (prescriber of the Avastin) of this development, due to the possible bleeding issues.

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Re: abcessed tooth

Postby SkiFletch » Fri Jan 13, 2012 10:29 pm

To echo what CRguy said, the dentist at my local cancer center said that if they need to do surgery for infected teeth they CAN, although they prefer to get things under control with antibiotics if possible.
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Re: abcessed tooth

Postby Terry » Sat Jan 14, 2012 2:45 am

I lost 2 teeth thanks to oxilaplatin. Same tooth on each side. My dentist who seemed to know more about chemo and teeth than my onc. said it's not unusual. I was off the avastin for about 2 months and then had it pulled. My platelet count was also in the normal range. I don't think they'll pull it with either of those factors. See if the antibiotic takes care of it and if it still bothers you and it's not infected any longer try to hold off until your through with chemo. I waited on the second one for over six months because I didn't have dental at the time.
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Re: abcessed tooth

Postby bz45 » Sat Jan 14, 2012 11:57 am

Thank you all for sharing your knowledge and experiences. CRguy, you've really been helpful; don't think there's much difference between me and your patients. I do see the onc on Monday and dentist is just down the hall. Hope they've had a chance to confer. I don't like waiting another 3 months to resolve this, but if they can get rid of the pain, I can manage. Thanks again.
dx rc 4/09
Stage IIIC T4a N1 Mx
APR with perm. colostomy 6/09
FOLFOX + Avastin 9/09 - 2/10
Blood spotting 12/10
Biopsy 1/13 confirms re-occurence; unresectable
Chemorad 17tx 3/11-4/11
Internal rad 3tx 6/11

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Re: abcessed tooth

Postby drose » Sat Jan 14, 2012 1:53 pm

I was so surprised to read these posts. My husband has had a problem with an abcessed tooth since he was on oxaliplatin. Just keeping it under control with antibiotics and pain meds until his next treatment break. I did not realize that was another problem to add to the list. Thanks so much for the information.
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folfox w av x 8 txt - stable w cavitation
Maint 5fu w. av x 11 txt -stable
txt break for toxicity- cea -mass progression
folfiri w av x 5 txt -cea up
folfox w av x 2 -allergic
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