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Old 10-31-2018, 04:27 PM
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I didnít see a medical forum specific to Federal, so posted here.
Iím looking for information on the dental care issues in federal. My son is in a medium facility. He has been having issues with a wisdom tooth that has needed to be extracted for years. His face is now swollen and the pain is unbearable. He cannot eat or sleep and the tooth is probably infected. He was told to sign in for the emergency sick call tomorrow and they would evaluate him.
An idea of the process or what happens? Would they give him antibiotics if he needs it? The tooth is impacted and prior to his arrest he was referred to an oral surgeon because the tooth is so impacted and surrounded by nerves so they needed a specialist. This is so scary for him to be in their hands and Iím sure thereís nothing I can do from here, but if there is...an info would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 10-31-2018, 04:42 PM
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Hopefully they will give him an antibiotic, but if he knew about this prior to his arrest, he probably should've had them pulled before than. Unfortunately, dental care is severely lacking in prison. He can't even pull them out on his own if impacted.

My husband's roommate had major dental pain recently and they told him the dentist only comes once/month. That was about 3 months ago and he's still waiting to see the dentist. The pain finally went away, but I'm assuming the tooth/nerves died.

I had asked my dental hygenist about my husband's roommate because we're friends and she said first try to get an antibiotic to prevent infection, the other thing your son should do is to get some advil (ibuprofen) or tylenol (acetaminophen) to get some type of pain relief. At my husband's facility those are at least sold in the commissary so your son should be able to at least get some relief from those, although not much. He can alternate between the two every 6 hours. Advil is an anti-inflammatory, and the tylenol is a pain reliever.
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There are a lot of people on here that will be able to share their experiences with this, I really do feel sorry for what you and you son are going through, My son is also in Federal but hasn’t had any dental issues, he has had friends that have, they wouldn’t give them antibiotics for tooth pain, they did prescribe Ibuprofen and that the dentist come 1 day a month. Another lady on here said that one person was in so much pain he was in search of a pair of pliers to remove the tooth himself, I’m not sure if the Feds would consider this an emergency, even though in the free world we would. Best of Luck and I hope someone helps him
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Yes, I told him try cold compress (he does have access to ice in the mornings) and ibuprofen for the swelling. Alternating with tylenol may relieve some of the pain. When he arrived he signed up for the “routine” dental care but it’s at least a year waiting list. He has a permanent retainer in the top of his mouth that was broken too but he isn’t is pain so he doesn’t care right now about that.
I wish there was an option for the family to pay a dentist to do what they needed. Not a practical solution, I know, just wishing.
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There are a lot of people on here that will be able to share their experiences with this, I really do feel sorry for what you and you son are going through, My son is also in Federal but hasnít had any dental issues, he has had friends that have, they wouldnít give them antibiotics for tooth pain, they did prescribe Ibuprofen and that the dentist come 1 day a month. Another lady on here said that one person was in so much pain he was in search of a pair of pliers to remove the tooth himself, Iím not sure if the Feds would consider this an emergency, even though in the free world we would. Best of Luck and I hope someone helps him
The problem with the pliers example is that if the tooth is impacted, you can't pull it. It needs to be removed by an oral surgeon!! Two of my kids just had their panoramics done because their wisdom teeth are coming in. Shockingly they are all coming in straight for both of them so as of now no need to have them pulled, but most people these days have them pulled, especially when they're impacted and not growing in straight. He should really push hard to at least get the antibiotic.
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he would probably pass out at the thought of pulling or even trying(not possible with this tooth)to do that on his own. He’s terrified of the medical care in there,understandably. I also emailed him to make sure I am his emergency contact and if there’s a HIPPA he can have signed. I have a general POA but I’m sure with the Feds none of the above would be good enough.
On a side note...when things like this happen, as a Mom, I worry and stress tons. But it also makes me want to give him a swift kick in the tail! With love of course!
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From my boyfriends dental experience in prison, they won't do extractions. He has two wisdom teeth still in that booth have cavities on different parts of the tooth. They would do fillings one at a time, never during the same appointment and refused to pull the teeth, and his are an easy extraction. Also I'm not sure if it makes a difference but he was at a camp.
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Dental care in the bop is often determined at each prison. If he is able to see a regular dentist, antibiotics are available, as are referrals to oral surgeons. The biggest problems I encountered were when there was no dentist on staff at the prison. I never saw anything other than over the counter pain meds though, but all of them (tylenol, aspirin, ibuprofen & naproxen) were available by RX or usually at the commissary.

He needs to be persistent by continuing to sign up for sick call until his problem is resolved.
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