so over the summer in peru i started having weird pain in my lower left molars. it kind of went off and on, and then weirdly disappeared almost entirely after i returned here. foolishly i ignored it, and it'd flare up occasionally only to go away again, and i was safely able to ignore it. then over the past couple days it's suddenly gotten worse, much worse. i got a head cold a week ago and my sinuses blew up and put heavy pressure on my teeth, which made them extremely sensitive, and suddenly the pain in that tooth was damn near unbearable. i took a bit into a sammich yesterday and damn near passed out from the pain.
i went to the dentist today and had x-rays done and it turns out the tooth is abscessed. dammit. evidently my old filling had come out and the thing got infected and slowly decayed. the dentist recommended i have immediate surgery to get it yanked and then decide if i want to have a crown put in or not.
anyone dealt with these things before? dental pain is a special kind of hell and i will never take dental health for granted again, ever.