Hello, my name is Bill. I am 26 years old and have a history of very bad teeth. Mostly im sure due to lack of care on my own part. I have had a root canal on my 2nd tooth from the middle (sorry i dont know what dentists call it, im sure it has a number) on the right side. I have also had my wisdom teeth taken out so they are all out of the picture. I am pretty sure i have a cavity on every single one of my back teeth, top and bottom. A couple of them are so bad they are almost all black/brown. Yet these teeth dont bother me. The teeth that bother me are the one on top that has had a root canal done and the one next to it. These teeth have always been fine until recently. I recently caught a very bad cold/flu/sinus infection (not exactly sure what it was) and the past few days the pain has been nearly unbearable. There will be 1 hour where they will feel perfectly fine like nothing ever happened and the next hour the pain is so bad it brings me to my knees. I can feel my cheek and it is tender (right next to my nose) and the roof of my mouth (top right) is also tender. I am wondering if your sinuses can also affect your teeth? Due to my history, i have had a lot of tooth aches, but this doesnt feel the same as all of those, i am worried something bigger is wrong.
I have never had health insurance and always worked a minimum wage job (and still working for minimum wage currently) 7.25 an hour doesnt give me very many options. A visit to the dentist is like a months wages for me so i put it off as much as i can in order to pay my rent and bills. I realize some of the doctors and dentists might put me down because of my poor dental hygiene, but i make due with what i have so please don't make fun or be witty. I guess my question is should i ride this cold/sinus sickness out and hopefully thats the problem, or should i consult a dentist or a doctor? Please keep in mind i am very limited on money but it is getting to the point to where i want to punch myself in the face to numb the pain. Any suggestions would be helpful. Thanks.