I have a history of terrible trouble with my teeth and have done since developing my milk teeth at a very young age.
Despite having a lot of treatment over years and a series of infections and toothaches, I stupidlygot so fed up of dentists that i've gone a great number of years of only getting treatment when it was an emergency.
I recently got two further problems - repetitive puss draining from the gum where a tooth was once extracted on the upper left area (I thought this was the tooth next to the gum causing it, but dentist originally said most likely root tips still there), and worse, a recurrent abscess next to a broken tooth in the lower right area. Again, the swelling was forming around a gap where a tooth was extracted years prior.
I had a full x-ray today and upon viewing the dentist saw both abscesses and also another on my frontlower tooth. This was actually abscessed about 18 years ago and never felt right after she did it. I had occasional problems with it for years after so that didn't overly surprise me.
However, the dentist has now advised he wants me to attend the local hospital to ensure 'there are no underlying reasons for these abscesses'.
I really don't understand what he means. From a quick glance it looks like he may be questioning an autoimmune disorder or something, but I very rarely get ill with anything. I have, however, been under an immense amount of stress over the past six months.
Does anybody here know of people or indeed, maybe yourself, who has been referred for tests due to multiple abscesses? I feel it's just a result of poorly looking after my dental health, but now i'm concerned what other things may be a factor.
Thanks in advance for anyone who cares to reply.