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What would you do about possible tooth causing pain?
For 7 years I've suffered with acute facial pain originating from above one of my molars. It had been root-filled once before and then again in January last year (at a cost of £750) but that didn't solve the problem.
Have been seeing a Maxillo Facial surgeon over the past 8 months who's tried putting me on a nightly tablet and also prescribed strong pain relief. Thought it may be hormonal so also recommended I go onto 28 day pill which I have.
Not got any better though so today was basically told that I was faced with the choice of putting up with it for the rest of my life or having the tooth extracted. I wouldn't be able to have a bridge for 6 months after though. I've tried smiling in fron of the mirror this evening to see if it'llshow if I have it taken out but don't want a false tooth at the age of 37.
The tooth may not be the root cause though and I may end up having it extracted and still have the pain after.
I'd have it taken out. 7 years of pain??? It isn't worth it for one tooth... you say it's over a molar, so presumably it's around the side of your mouth so it shouldn't notice too much.
Wouldn't you rather have a false tooth than be in constant pain and on drugs?
Jasper - I'm not sure and the MF surgeon isn't either. It's not sore to tap. The pain seems to originate from the area above the tooth and has officially been diagnosed as Acute Facial Pain or neuralgia. The drugs they've given me haven't had any effect though and they reviewed the x-rays I had after the root-canal treatment last January. They now don't think it was a perfect job (cost me £750 with an endontrist sp?) who apparently is the top in his field.
They don't think anyone will be prepared to redo the root treatment and think it may be related to the nerves so having the tooth out should resolve it. I did break this tooth years and years ago and the dentist gave me an injection, hit the nerve and left me screaming in agony. May be connected - I don't know?
I suppose it's a last resort. I worked it out after I posted last night and it's actually 9 years I've been going through this.