I have been struggling with this recently .What began as occ.dental pain occurring in a new tooth became Palatal pain +~ several teeth hurting episodically .Then it became more severe and more frequent .
However since most of the time it was just one tooth that hurt I sought out a Dental evaluation for Dental pathology .I have seen two dentists and two Endodontists…
It’s frustrating that Dental Science still struggles with really knowing if a tooth is alive or not .One of the Endodontists was a Dental professor for 25 years and she admits it’s still not an exact science.
It’s a hard situation because one can so easily have teeth pulled —-or a Root Canal done and then find you do not need it .
One Endo. remarked on my Palate being very red .By the time I went in for the Root Canal with the ex- Prof. I had finally developed vesicles near the painful tooth .My Zoster titre was 1600-ish which is very high .
BUT EVEN then the second Endo thought I might need a Root Canal .She says that there are Dental studies that show Herpes can kill teeth.Walking away from that procedure was very hard as the procedure offered the possibility of stopping the pain…But by then I was fairly sure the pain was Zoster related.
It’s also hard knowing —if I am having Neuralgia or Neuritis .Steroids will help one and inflame the other…
We had evidence before that my Ocular Pain was Zoster in origin .This was the best evidence so far the Oral pain is also .
It’s been a very frustrating journey because I was already on the main treatment for recurrent Shingles .Now I am having to investigate an Arginine -Lysine balanced diet and take L/Lysine as a Supplement…It helps but I would prefer a Root Canal if that says anything about the pain involved .….