Re: Dying Tooth
Oh yea, I've been where you are! I have posted this before when people have asked about root-canals. Last fall and winter I had a terrible tooth ache that seemed to "move" around my mouth. I couldn't tell which tooth was the problem, but it seemed to be one of the teeth on the upper right. My dentist took x-rays several times, but could find nothing to explain the pain. Finally, after buying a mouth-guard and taking several x-rays, she sent me to an oral surgeon. He took one look at the x-ray and told me I needed a root canal in tooth no. 2. He sent me to an Endo. who looked at my x-ray and wasn't sure, but tooth no. 2 could be a problem. I was so tired of being in pain I said "go ahead and do the root canal". Well, it turns out that that tooth was dying and it was causing all that pain. Once it was fixed...pain gone. I do remember that it got to a point that the ibuprofen and other pain meds just didn't do a thing to stop the pain it was so intense. I'd get that tooth fixed or pulled as soon as possible. Good luck to you!
P.S. I don't think antibiotics would do anything at this point. My Endo. said a dying nerve can lead to an abcess, but it doesn't sound like you have an infection, just pain from the nerve.
Last edited by Kaycee41; 06-19-2004 at 07:51 AM.