Hi! I’ve had a lot of work done on my teeth in the last couple of years, and finally got braces a few months ago. After my last tightening (I had had a sinus infection during the tightening)a couple of teeth kept hurting more than what’s considered normal. It’s a dull pain, gums are puffy, and the pain goes up into my cheek off and on. Could this pain be from gum abscess, or root infection? It doesn’t hurt when I bite down, just when touched from the side. I’m trying to brace myself for news of a root canal or extraction, because I’m not going to handle it well. I’ve never had a root canal. And I’ve only had my wisdom teeth extracted. It’s hard enough dealing with my problems, and to have this too is tough. I also have tmj, so daily jaw pain (so far the braces have made it worse). I have an appointment tomorrow, but I’m completely freaked out and trying to maintain my composure until then. Thanks for listening.