I had two fixed bridges installed two months ago (over my front teeth) . The sensitivity is improving, but when I lay down at night, I have bad headaches and toothaches. The pain often goes to my jaws. I have seen my dentist twice about it: the first time, he took x-rays and he said that a 'ligament was widening' which may have precipitated an abcess. I hadn't been using the sensitivity toothpaste regularly so he instructed me to use it more often and continue flossing, etc, and come back in 2 weeks. I left and the pain continued, even with the toothpaste. I went to the ER and a doctor prescribed penicillin and tramadol. I finished the penicillin, went back to the dentist yesterday and he said my x-rays look better. He slightly adjusted my bite on one side and said the contact may have been causing the pain. If the pain continues, he recommends that I get a root canal. I respect his professional opinion, but I am not comfortable making that decision yet. If I don't have an abcess and my bite is correct, what is causing the pain? Will a root canal help? I am hesitant to go through the pain and expense of a root canal if it might not work. Could it be a TMJ issue? Any help is appreciated. Thank you.
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