I had a deep dental cavity filled that was close to the nerve.(along with 6 other cavities filled). A week and a half later I began to have pain at my jaw joint and thought I had developed TMJ from all the dental work. My dentist was out of town, so I went to my GP. He prescribed a muscle relaxant and ibuprophen. The pain continued to worsen and spread throughout my jaw. I finally was prescribed antibiotics by a different dentist I saw. He said my tooth was dead and would need a root canal. He prescribed an antiobiotic. All the pain that everyone, including me, thought was TMJ and nerve pain went away. Obviously, I had an infection that spread to my jawbone. I have a root canal scheduled with an endodontist for Weds. Now I wonder if it is necessary, since I am no longer in pain. I do still have some discomfort in my ear. Can I cancel the root canal and wait to see how my tooth feels? I am concerned about doing it when I still probably have some infection in the area. I am taking 500mg of Keflex 4 times a day. The second dentist also didn't realize the jaw joint pain was an infection. No one seems to know anything. The endodontist is in a town 2 1/2 hours from here, so I must make up my mind quickly. Can you help? Thank you so much.
the endodntist should check the vitality of the tooth before doing a root canal. if your "infection" (if that's what it was) was from the tooth, then all the antibiotics did was settle it down. it will come back if the tooth has a dead, dying, or infected nerve. If the tooth tests vital, and you have no pain, then i would not get a root canal done at this time. ps your pain may not have been fom an infection--- you may have had post op pain from the injections, trauma to the gum tissue, localized infection in the gum tissue, stress on the musculature from keeping your mouth open etc. it may have been a coincdence that you got better while on the antibiotics. again, ask the endodntist to check the vitaltity of the tooth in question and other teeth in the area for that matter.
Thank you very much for your responses to my question. The tooth is dead. The second dentist I went to tested it and I didn't feel the nerve, as I did when he froze the other teeth. I just am not in pain anymore and the tooth isn't sensitive to hot or cold. It actually doesn't have any of the normal symptoms that I've ready about for needing a root canal, so I thought I could wait to see if all the infection was truly gone. I guess I will keep the appointment with the endodontist.
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