Hello and thanks in advance to whoever can answer my question!
I just returned from a check-up. I was concerned about pain and sensitivity that has been developing under a crown I had put in about 3 years ago. I noticed the discomfort probably a year ago, but when I would get X-rays at my old dental office, I was reassured it was fine, I'm assuming because it was not bad enough for a root canal? But it always felt like it would get worse. Just recently (probably in the last couple months), the crown has become more sensitive to cold and biting down/chewing. I had digital x-rays and a consultation and it turns out there is a small abscess/some infection and a root canal (through the crown) is recommended.
My question is...How "safe" is it to wait until after the new year (probably mid-January, when my dental insurance coverage starts) to get this done?
I was prescribed a dose of amoxicillin to last me 21 days should the situation get worse. I will be out of town from Dec 9-26 but I may be able to get treatment where I will be, if (worst case scenario) I need an emergency root canal during that time. Right now there is not a lot of pain unless I bite down or expose the crown to cold.
Is waiting a good option? Should I go ahead and take the amoxicillin now? I was advised to take it starting right now but I just don't want to go on antibiotics unless I need to..But I will if it will help keep the infection down until I can get treatment.