Abscess but no action from dentist

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    Paulious83

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    Hello,

    I’m new to this forum but hope someone could give me a second opinion. I have been suffering significant tooth pain for the last three days, the pain ebbs and flows throughout the day and is worse after eating and causes sleepless nights. If I tap on the top of my three bottom teeth they both produce pain.

    I experienced this before (3 months ago) in the same area and visit my dentist who couldn’t see anything on the x-ray, 2 days later the pain was gone.

    Today I got an emergency dental appointment with the NHS, the young dentist was very friendly and did the cold vitality test which the results I gave him confused him as they were not consistent, I could feel cold on all three teeth(it’s really hard to be accurate). He did an X-ray and can see in abscess on the root area where two tooth roots kissed. He didn’t want to do a root canal on one just in case it was the wrong one. That sounds fair enough, he told me I should take ibuprofen and co-codamol as well as some antibiotics I already had from the previous visit which I never took(flucloxicilin). What wasn’t made clear is that will this go away again, I was under the impression antibiotics can’t ‘cure’ an abscess and a extraction or root canal was necessary.

    Something to note was that he nor the previous dentist could find any cavity/cause. Although I have a darkened patch on the front of the tooth which is a genetic oddity according to my regular dentist but I did mention when I visit the hygienist when the water jet is sprayed on that patch it hurts like hell.

    I appreciate the fact that he didn’t want to destroy a vital tooth by mistake but should I go and see a specialist who has better diagnostic equipment? The pain is sometimes unbearable and to walk away without any treatment is dejecting.

    Thanks

    Paul
     

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    Your dentist should refer you to an endodontist.
     
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    Thanks, I’m going to see my regular dentist this week and ask for a referral
     
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