Ten days ago I had my regular 6 month dental cleaning. The appointment included periodontal maintenance (the water spray treatment), and probing to check the depths of gum tissue. Prior to my appointment my teeth felt fine--I never had any problems. A day after the appointment one side of my face had terrible aches and excruciating shooting pains. The next day the pain settled in the area of a tooth that has a crown. My jaw and gums hurt and were sensitive to hot/cold and pressure on the tooth; I couldn't eat on that side of my mouth.
I went back to my dentist and he took an xray and said the tooth (with the crown) has a slight infection, and he scheduled me for a root canal next month. He also prescribed an antibiotic, which I have been taking for about 5 days now. (Does the antibiotic heal the infection?) At this point the pain has almost completely subsided. I am wondering if I really do indeed need a root canal? If my tooth feels fine now, why would I need a root canal? Do you think the cause of the pain is simply that my tooth was jarred from what happened during the cleaning, and now it needs time to heal? Or does this sound like a precursor of something more serious? As I stated, the tooth (which is actually covered by a crown) was fine prior to the cleaning appointment.
A new development is that now I have another crowned tooth on the other side of my mouth which is experiencing sensitivity to hot liquids. It's never done this before, but again, it seemed to set in after the cleaning. Maybe I should have this tooth xrayed? Maybe it needs a root canal? Or maybe I should give it time to "settle down." I am really confused. Thank you.