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I still don't understand why my gums hurt

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Old 04-10-2008, 09:09 PM   #1
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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.

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Old 04-10-2008, 09:42 PM   #2
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Re: I still don't understand why my gums hurt

Can you elaborate on what you mean that your gums look worse - do you mean the gums around this one tooth that was recently root canaled looks worse - if so, how, specifically - is it inflamed, red, puffy or swollen? Or do your gums in your entire mouth look worse in general? Did the dentist prescribe an antibiotic prior or during root canal treamtent?

If perhaps you mean the gum in the area is still sore and throbbing it could be b/c teeth and the surrounding gum area often need a few weeks to recover from the actual root canal treatment so its not unusual for there to be some pain or sensitivity to the area for several weeks. Most dentists usually request a follow up appt a few months after the rc to check how the tooth is doing and make sure no infection remains in the canal or root tip.

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Old 04-13-2008, 06:28 PM   #3
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Re: I still don't understand why my gums hurt

Oh I don't think I said it looks bad, it actually looks normal. Not inflamed or anything. It just hurts like a strong sense of pressure and throbbing. Actually for the past day or two it's been completely fine so maybe the dentist was right and it's gone away. I don't know, it comes and goes.

But now I'm having another issue completely. It's been about a month since I had this other tooth pulled. Since then the tooth next to it has become very sensitive and painful. The more I use it, the more it hurts, and right now it hurts as bad as the worst tooth pain I've felt (and I've had a lot.) It's another thing the dentist said would go away on it's own but only seems to get worse.

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Old 06-12-2009, 06:02 PM   #4
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Re: I still don't understand why my gums hurt

So did u ever find out what the problem is with your gums hurting after getting your tooth pulled? I had my 2 bottom wisdom teeth pulled over 2 months ago and now my gums hurt alot. I did have dry socket in both extractions but they've been healing now for like a month already so I don't see why i'd be getting pain now. The dentist told me that I just had a sensitive tooth but I know it has to be something else because they're both hurting now and the sore gums go right into the tooth next to the ones I had pulled. I just want to know what this can be because I can barely even brush my 2 back teeth without feeling some very sensitive, pressure, slight throbbing pain. Thanks

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