Originally I went in for cleaning and dentist suggested replacing some old fillings. Last tooth on bottom right had a slight exposed nerve during that procedure (July 7). Afterwards, I had miserable, extreme throbbing pain for several days, finally localizing on that one tooth. Dentist ground down to improve bite but said if that didn't help, would need root canal. Did first part of root canal, was fine for more than a week, but then more pain. Took course of antibiotics. Did 2nd part of root canal and crown prep, etc. Now I have the temporary crown (put on Aug 4). I went back the day after to have bite adjusted again. That improved the sharp pain when teeth touched and he also put me on 2nd round of antibiotics just in case. Gradually since then (Aug 4) the gum behind the tooth became extremely sore and sensitive. I can't brush around the tooth. I swish with warm saltwater a couple of times a day. I use Tylenol or Advil around the clock. I have not chewed on that side at all since this all began. What is causing this gum issue? If it was an infection, wouldn't the 4 days of antibiotics so far be causing improvement? If it was an allergy to the acrylic temporary, wouldn't it be all the way around the tooth?
Help! I am so sick of seeing my dentist's slightly condescending look on his face, like I am some high-maintenance fool who is making it all up! I don't need attention that bad, for goodness' sake.