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on 7/26/13 I woke up and the left side of my face was swollen right above a tooth that has been hurting me, I started taking amoxicillin 500 mg and the infection and swelling is gone but for the last 5 days , I have a had a headache "feels like a pressure in my head" ,dizziness and nausea....I'm not having any problems or pain with the tooth or where it was swollen.

the only problem i have now is i always have a headache , I'm dizzy when i move around and I get sick in my stomach

Do you know whats wrong with me??

Hi Mychal and thanks fore your question.  Please accept my sincerest of apologies for the delay in my response, but I was "man-down" with the flu for 3 days.

Your questions raises some very urgent and potentially life-threatening consequences of dental infections.  Bear in mind that the roots of the upper molar and premolar teeth have a close association with the sinus cavities located in the mid head section, which means that, should a tooth abscess be of a serious enough nature i.t.o. size, position and resistance to treatment, there is good possibility that the infection can drain into one or more sinus cavity. This would not be very difficult a task, given the acidic nature of pus, which has the ability to de-mineralise the bone plates.  Once in the sinus cavity, the demineralisation can continue further, giving the puss the potential to travel to your most vital organ - your brain.  And this is when a simple dental infection has the ability to cause death, or at the very least make you seriously ill by means of either meningitis, encephalitis, etc.

So, even though the primary dental infection may be cleared up, it is vital to ensure that all signs of the infection are eliminated as well - not only at the point of origin, but at all other communication routes possible between the mouth, the head and the brain.  I am a bit concerned about the fact that you mention your neurological symptoms and would urge you to immediately contact your dental clinic to make an appointment and get your situation evaluated fully - please do not leave this as is, because as you rightly say, something is wrong which has to be made right.  If your dentist is unable to ascertain a definitive diagnosis for you, then ask for a referral to see an Maxillo-Facial & Oral Surgeon, who is perhaps better equipped at addressing your concerns.

I hope this helps and wish you all the best in resolving this matter speedily, take care.

Kind regards
Dr Craig Peck


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Dr Craig W Peck ( B.Med.Sc., B.Ch.D., Clin. Botox, Cosmet. Derm.)


I am a General Dental Practitioner, with special interests in Cosmetic Dentistry & facial aesthetics and Periodontology, placing a strong emphasis on the establishment and maintenance of a healthy periodontium (the support structure of the tooth) before cosmetic options are considered. I uphold all principles of prevention above interventional treatment and try as far as possible, to remain conservative in my approach. I believe in detailed, open and honest patient discussion, establishing what the patients expectations are and what the reality is of achieving this and involving the patient at every level of the treatment. I have strong principles on ethical treatment and appropriate patient management. I have chosen to treat and rehabilitate many nervous and phobic patients, who, for whatever reason, find it impossible to take part in the very important task of even a routine check-up. I will accept questions relating to general and cosmetic dentistry (in conjunction with the use of facial cosmetic procedures) and dental fears/phobias. I will be more than willing to answer any academic questions in dentistry, biology, physiology, psychology and health sciences in general. As most dentists will tell you, there is often not only one way of dealing with a dental issue - so very often, there is no precise right and wrong way of approaching the problem. All clinicians vary when it comes to treatments and what works best in their hands is often the treatment that is advised. Be understanding of this and bear in mind that nothing lasts forever! Patients are happy to accept only a one-years warrantee when buying a new car, but seem to expect that dental work is going to last them their lifetime.


I have worked for many years in the UK and RSA as a general dental practitioner - within the NHS, private practice and the government dental health services. I am certificated for the administration of Botox and Dermal Fillers for facial lines and wrinkles as I have attended further courses in minimally invasive facial cosmetic procedures. I started seeing an increasing number of patients who presented with severe to moderate dental fears, even with full-blown phobias, so I started with the slow and patient task of tackling this problem and have successfully rehabilitated many patients. The key is good, effective, concise and understandable communication, shifting control from the dentist to the patient in order to slowly, but confidently, regain their trust back in dentistry, thereby giving them the feeling of achievement and this self-empowerment which drives them to the next level of treatment.

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B.Med.Sc. Degree (Medical Physiology and Medical Virology; Physiology Cum Laude; Stell 1994). B.Ch.D. Degree (Bachelor of Dental Surgery; Clinical Dentistry Cum Laude; Stell 1997). CPR and CPR-Advanced Courses (2000/2001; UK). Clinical Botox (UK, 2001). Cosmetic Dermatology (Botox and Dermal Fillers; RSA 2011).

Awards and Honors
Placed on the Dean's List at University for academic achievement (1994). Highest achievement in the subject Dental Materials. Medal from 3M and the Radiology Association of South Africa for highest achievement in the subject Dental Radiology and Imaging. Medal from The Periodontal Association of South Africa for highest achievement in the subject Periodontology. Highest achievement for Oral Medicine. Highest achievement in Oral Pathology. Received the DASA (Dental Ass. of South Africa) Gold Medal for highest achieving dental student across the 5 1/2 years of the Degree. Passed the subject, Clinical Dentistry with distinction in final year.

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