I still don't understand why my gums hurt
I've gotten a lot of dental work recently because of a great local insurance program that covered most of what I needed, something like $15,000 worth of work. I've had all 4 top front teeth root canaled and capped, amongst other things.
Realize that one of the caps was there before for 12 years without a root canal. I've switched dentists 3 times for various reasons although I'm probably going to stick with the one I have now. The first two never, ever mentioned spotting an infection in the 12 year old capped tooth. The third spotted it on the x-rays and I just got that dealt with. Therefore I think the infection was new.
But with all 3 dentists I've mentioned that my gums have been hurting in that area for a while, I would guess 6 months. Not one took me seriously. I even asked the gum specialist who extracted a different tooth and he said there was nothing wrong besides my gums just generally being in bad shape. No one ever said the infection could have been the cause until I asked my current dentist, who said it probably was. And not only does it hurt in a kind of too-much-pressure sort of way, but it also really *smells* infection. I mean it occasionally stinks badly. So far since the root canal it hasn't done it though.
But here's the thing. I've gotten the root canal and post but my gums are worse! It's only been a week but shouldn't it be getting better?
Note that it's *only* in that area of my mouth and there's noting I can visually tell that's wrong. I asked my dentist again today and she assured me there's nothing wrong and it'll go away. I'm very skeptical.
Last edited by SarahofBorg; 04-10-2008 at 10:11 PM.