I have a wisdom tooth that has a huge cavity in it, the nerve probably died a while ago as I experience no pain whatsoever when cold or very hot stuff touches the tooth. About a month ago however I had a huge pain that was redirected in my ear, I went to the doctor convinced I had otitis and she told me its actually the cavity in my mouth that was causing the pain. After that I had no further pain.
Yesterday I noticed a funny, unpleasant smell and taste coming from that tooth. Brushing my teeth doesn’t make it go away for long. I am very scared of the prospect of this situation building up into a need to go to the emergency where I can’t even chose my doctor.
As you can imagine I am petrified. I have the worst kind of dental phobia, all my hair stands up just thinking about it. In fact I am so scared that I was unable to eat since I realized the smell, I completely lost my appetite and I can’t focus on work.
Please tell me, what could it be ? Infection ? What are the possible outcomes and what can I do about it to prevent an emergency type situation ?
Dr Jennifer Pinder
Bupa Dental Centre
36-38 Cornhill, London, EC3V 3ND
Web: www.dentistforphobics.co.uk Tel: 0207 200 5800