Five days ago I developed some nagging pain in my upper right jaw. It would occur mostly when I drank something cold (I don't drink hot beverages so cold was the only thing bothering it). The pain was not consistent and would usually subside within a few minutes.
I've been told I have acute gingivitis so I thought maybe my gums were inflamed and a root was exposed. I was able to pinpoint that it was coming from tooth #5.
I went to my dentist today. He blew cold air on it and I almost jumped out of the chair from the pain. He said, "That's going to need a root canal."
They took an x-ray and a few minutes later he came back and asked if I was having any sinus issues. I said yes, from pollen (I think) but also maybe residual issues from having a cold about 3-4 weeks ago. He said the x-ray showed no infection in the tooth and no decay. He prescribed me amoxicillin (500 mg, 3x per day for 6 days, and a refill if necessary.
He said if the pain doesn't go away then I might need a root canal or have the tooth pulled anyway.
I'm skeptical and asking for advice here because I had a terrible root canal experience on the other side of my mouth about two months ago and the tooth ended up being pulled after a week of excruciating pain.
Could sinus infection or inflammation cause the type of pain I was describing? If there's no infection and no decay, why would I need a root canal or extraction at all?
Thank you for reading this.