Hello. After years of dentists and doctors dismissing my suspicions of a possible tooth infection, as usual my gut feeling was proven correct. Just today, it was confirmed by an endodontis that a root canal I had done many years ago is definitely infected. Which naturally leads me to wonder if this infection is somehow linked to my rheumatoid arthritis and 15 years of chronic pain, and could possibly explain why none of the meds I've taken fail to work.
Of course the endodontist who verified this infection completely dismissed any possibility of the infected tooth causing RA. He claimed the infection is a localized trapped bacteria and that there is no science or study to back up claims of people experiencing remission from a tooth extraction.
I'm now left with the option to surgically remove the infection, or have them drill out the infection, or just extract the tooth. I'm opting for option 3 (extraction) so that I can rule out the RA link. But I'm not sure what type of doctor I should have perform the extraction. The endodontist said he wouldn't be doing it, and that I'd have to have my dentist or a surgeon perform the extraction.
I was hoping to hear other's thoughts on this. What kind of practitioner would be able to perform an extraction in the safest way possible? A dental surgeon, a holistic dentist?Also, should I skip my Enbrel and Methotrexate and start on antibiotics before getting the tooth pulled? My RA doctor told me it's fine if I decide to take antibiotics while on the RA drugs, yet sources online say that kidney damage can happen. I'm weary about stopping the RA drugs because I don't want to screw up any possibly progress (even though they aren't helping yet).
Any input would be appreciated. It would be nice if I could trust the judgement of my doctors, but they have failed me for 15 years. I was told the "professionals" that my tooth in question was fine for the longest time. They were wrong. I was told all of these drugs would work. They haven't. I'm being told that a dental infection is not linked to RA, yet I've read a few accounts in these forums from folks who claim otherwise.
If this extraction somehow miraculously heals me, I'll make certain to let the world know. Thanks.