Hi Mountain Peony!
Oh My gosh, so we are still in the same boat.
I was hoping I would hear some good news from your end but maybe once this new bridge is on.....? Remember I was on antibiotics for my sinus infection? Well they were fabulous for one week or so and then the pain came roaring back in the gums, but my sinus pain is pretty fine!
I was then sent to the endodontist who was busy doing surgery in another room although I had an appt. and he left me cooling my heels for a good long time, popped in, went out, came back, went out, came back, ARGHHH. He couldn't even listen to me that I had X-rays from February of my root canals under my new bridge, I had to GET OUT OF THE CHAIR as he was busy "wrapping up", insisiting that yes, there really were my x-rays in the envelope besides the big wrap arounds. GEESUS! And I paid $100 bucks for this? He said it looks like there is a slight "shadow" but nothing terribly conclusive from my x-rays in October, February, April, or May. No mention or explanation of why, how I could be having this pain. He wants me to wait for three months until I get something more conclusive ( extreme bone loss? Huge pus balls welling up? )before he slices my gums up. He says I might have to get all new root canals ( bye bye custom pins! ) replace the bridge, besides the apicos.
I too have throbbing and sensitivity in the teeth and gums above the two teeth of the bridge. Everyone keeps jabbing their fingers hard there saying "does this hurt?" and it doesn't like that. You don't need to poke the area to make it hurt, it hurts rubbing the finger lightly over it or without anything. I am going back to the endos but am asking for the guy who was in the room next door who spent the WHOLE hour with his client, who ended up also not needing an apico, but was explaing to her about tmj massage points she could do, trying things out on her, and listening to her symptoms and concerns. Sigh...
I am so desperate I am starting a weeklong cleansing diet of raw foods for the first three days, then will start bentonite clay and psyllium husk drink along with herbs for cleansing blood, liver, colon, raw fresh vegetable juices, etc., in an attempt to make some kind of change. Today I also went spelunking in my mouth and the muscles of the jaw , the web between upper and lower ridge, are extremely tight and painful on my left side. My inner cheek tissue is being caught between my mback upper and lower molars on that side making a scar and this only started after the bridge work and fillings. Also, my left ear still feels full and funny as does my left sinus/nostril right above the painful gums. I just massaged the heck out of it, drooled all over my sleeve and the floor, and feel I might be on to something as I could SWEAR the gum tissue on that root doesn't feel as painful now. Also, I notice that if I smile or laugh alot or chew really hard on something the pain seems to be worse. Also, if I take a drink of something alcoholic or something with honey in it. And it seems that the way the lips and cheeks attach to the upper jaw are right at those points where I have the trouble teeth, left canine, front tooth left side. Could it be muscular problems? Does anyone know??? Is it possible for root canals to remain sensitive and bitchy for a good 6 months with pain up in the gums but not really be infected? Or just "thinking" about whether or not they want to go that route but haven't decided yet??? I have run out of theories!!!! Good luck Mt. Peony!!! Keep in touch!