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Hello,  I am desperate for some advice.  In July I started having horrible pain in my cheek bone and thought I had a sinus infection.  It turned out to be an abscessed -tooth#14.  I had a root canal in mid July.  In mid august I started having joint pain in my little fingers.  The pain then spread to my shoulders.  It is now 6 weeks later and most of my joints have some degree of pain.  My little fingers are extremely sore.  Doing  repeated searches, my joint symptoms sound exactly like rheumatoid arthritis.  There is a lot of information online about failed root canals causing health problems.  I want to get my tooth pulled to see if my joint problems resolve, but my dentist doesn't want to pull it.  I tried scheduling at an endodontist, but they require a referral from my dentist. I have an appt with my physician to get the joint pain checked out later today.  Also, I don't know if it's related, but I also had strep throat at the end of August.  What do you think about the root canal/joint pain correlation?  Thank you!!

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I think that you should consult with a neurologist. If you have a pinched nerve in your neck or shoulder, it could also cause some of your symptoms. It is unlikely that tooth #14 is responsible (Although you may find information on the Internet that implies otherwise). Not everything that you read on the internet should be believed.

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Lawrence Spindel DDS, www.lspindeldds.com

Expertise

Cosmetic Dentistry, Endodontics, General Dentistry, Preventive Dentistry, Comprehensive Dental Care

Experience

Former Clinical Instructor of Comprehensive Dentistry, and Prosthodontic Department New York University School of Dentistry. Also former instructor of Preventive Dentistry Columbia University School of Dentistry.

Publications
Ask Dr Spindel Dental Blog also numerous articles on http://www.lspindeldds.com (over 100 pages of original content)

Education/Credentials
1980 DDS New York University College of Dentistry 1981 GPR Manhattan VA Hospital

Awards and Honors
OKU 1980 Honor Society 1980 Long Island Academy of Odontology award for highest combined Academic and Clinical Achievement.
In 1997 he was elected to Fellowship into the International Academy for Dental Facial Esthetics

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