For 2 years I had pain in my lower right 1st molar. My dentist said it was probably just sensitivity and such.. The filling looked good from the outside and the X-ray showed it was far from the nerve, and that there was no abscess. Now 2 months ago that pain got worse, the right side of my thyroid gland started hurting, my parotid and sub-mandibular glands were swollen and hurting. The muscles in my neck became really sore, I could barely turn my head. I could also feel other glands swollen, and the pain started creeping into my brain from behind my neck. I told the dentist to drill anyways, I'll pay for it.. Surprise!!! There was a huge cavity under, some chunks of the tooth broke off so much it was impacted. He told me the cavity had made it's way right next to the nerve now and if I still had any pain a root canal would be necessary.\n\nNow 2 months later, all the symptoms are only 3/4 gone. I still have pain in my parotid gland, sub-mandibular. I still have inflammation in my right side rear neck creeping into my right brain lobe. I went back to the dentist and, again he says there is no abcess, and that because I have feeling inside the tooth, that the nerve is ok. I really have to twist his arm to believe me and convince him to take action, even if I was proven right the first time!!!! It's really frustrating..\n\nIs it normal that my glands not be healed yet after 2 months? I relaly feel there is still infection in there and I am tempted to tell him to just rip that tooth out..