I have had very good teeth all my life and never ever thought I would be facing a root canal. In October, I had one of my silver Amalgams
replaced with a composite and the trouble started. I had IMMEDIATE pain in all my teeth on the side where the tooth was filled. Before that I had zero symptoms. The dentist said there was some decay under the old filling and said he had to drill deep but did not enter the pulp. I waited it out and the pain subsided but I was left with extreme cold sensitivity on that side of my mouth. We had a recent cold snap and just being outside in the -20 weather left me with a throbbing toothache one night. So I went to back to the dentist and he took an xray, which didn't show anything. Then he sprayed liquid nitrogen on the tooth that was refilled and I came out of the chair. He pronounced that this means I need a root canal! This just does not make sense to me. The percussion test was negative and the tooth looks healthy and I can chew normally. He did not even want to try Antibiotics
, though I insisted he give me a prescription (not sure I will take them). Does this REALLY mean I have an infected tooth? Since the pain started the day he worked on the tooth, I am more inclined to think nerve damage. I am going to try oil pulling and vit C megadosing and may do a master cleanse. Any other ideas? I do NOT want a root canal
and I am quite sure my tooth is still alive and kicking.