Does low level chronic infection impact MS in any way? For example: I have an upper molar which was given a root canal over ten years ago following an infection. It has never quite been OK. I have not experienced any pain but it just feels sensitive, and as though it could erupt at any time, but never does. I understand how important tooth and gum care is is for overall health - I get frequent cleanings and floss daily - but this one tooth concerns me. The only solution would be extraction and that is not something I take lightly. Please advise!
Chronic infections do potentially activate the immune system and can make MS worse. I can not advise about a sensitive tooth. Please ask your doctor if this could be trigeminal neuralgia.
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Revere Kinkel, MD
Director of the UCSD Multiple Sclerosis Program