Hello! I hope someone here can help ease my mind.
I had a RCT on my maxillary lateral incisor in August 2022. It would ache intermittently so I went for a follow up. It was found to be slightly overfilled and I was recommended an apicoectomy. The apico. happened on 27 March 2023 - so, 6 weeks ago.
Since then, I have had bouts of pain and tenderness in the tooth. They tend to happen every two weeks and can range from general achiness to a sharp pin-like pain at the surgical site. No swelling, redness or pustule, just pain which generally disappears after antibiotics.
I did go back for a follow up bc I was concerned and was told there is no infection acc to the X-rays. They said that it is possible that some minor disturbance was upsetting the tooth. I can believe that since I tend to push at it with my tongue and other teeth and also tend to grind my teeth (trying to stop).
(EDIT: I forgot to mention that I was also given a resin composite 'splint' applied to the apico. tooth to give it some structural integrity. This happened about 3 or 4 weeks after the apico since the pain kept coming and going.)
I also got a CT Scan done on 4 May and got a second opinion. Again, the doctor saw no trace of infection. I have been told it is a normal part of healing and that it's only been a few weeks so I should be patient and just let it heal at its own pace.
That sounds right but I am still a little concerned that the pain seems to come and go. If it is related to the healing, why is it not more constant? Why does it disappear and come back? And why does it 'wander' and go from dull to sharp and back?
I would be very grateful for any insight. I attached the latest Xray here.
Thank you in advance!