Undiagnosed pain - could it be gingivitis?


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Last February I had a molar extracted by my dentist then 6 weeks later remaining roots removed by a specialist. In June, I thought the mild pain had stopped only after a few pain free days for it to start building again as a periodic dull ache. It's difficult to pinpoint the site of the pain though it still seems to be the extraction site. Sometimes my lower jaw has been tender to the touch at the bend of the jaw.
My dentist checked closely then referred me to an endodontist who did a range of tests, xrays and CT Scan of Lower Right 5, extraction gap and LR 7 and could not find a definite problem. He did say LR5 was non vital but said electric tests are not always accurate. Suggestion of widened ligament on LR5 possibly being the problem but nothing definitive.

Last week the endo and the specialist who removed the roots reviewed the xrays and CT scan and said they could find nothing and to return in six months time for xrays.

I was at the hygienist last week for the first time in 5 years. She said I needed a further 3 visits over the next year to really clean them out. She also said I had gingivitis and inflammation round the molars. I wondered if this might relate to my lower right problem?

Up to now my sleep has not been really effected. The dull ache seems to be getting more regular during the day as well. Painkillers have limited effect.

I'm getting to the stage of being a bit desperate as to know who to turn on. I did wonder if should be going to my doctor to see if its nerve related or some other non tooth reason.
 
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Dr M

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Good day

Do you perhaps have any x-rays or scans that you can share so that we can evaluate the area in question?
 

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Thanks for your reply Dr M.,
Attached is an xray taken by my own dentist on 30 June 2022 of lower right 5, gap and lower right 7.
The endo saw me a month after the xray. The CT Scan was done in mid August but I dont have the Scan.
 

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