On Jan. 23, I had a lower molar (Tooth 31) extracted after an attempt at root canal work revealed that there was a crack in the tooth that couldn't be repaired. The nerve already was dead, and the endodontist had removed the dead tissue at my first root canal appointment a week earlier. The surgery seemed to go reasonably well. (I chose to have it under general anesthetic, as my muscles started to spasm after I got the local anesthetic, and I didn't want to take a chance of jerking the wrong way while the oral surgeon was operating!) The oral surgeon has checked the tooth at a follow-up visit, and the pain has been pretty mild. (Maybe it seemed that way to me in part because I'm usually in pain from the fibro anyway!) My question is whether anybody else has gone through this sort of thing only to find themselves still experiencing pain a week or two later in the area where the tooth was removed. This feels exactly like the pain I was experiencing for a long time before my gum got swollen and they found that there definitely was an abcess in Tooth 31. The endodontist did a preliminary check and said Teeth 30 and 32 seemed okay at the time. But now I'm concerned. My dentist plans to give me a bridge, using Teeth 30 and 32 as anchors for a tooth to replace Tooth 31. But now I'm worried that if 30 and/or 32 also have cracks/decay/abcess, I might wind up losing those teeth as well. (None of this decay or abcess has shown up on dental x-rays, by the way, and these teeth are in the far back on the right side of my lower jaw. So working on them stresses my jaw joint. Since I also have TMJ dysfunction, this can be particularly painful. Thank heaven my dentist is a TMJ specialist!) Anyway, I know that trigger points in some muscles can refer pain to the teeth. I was just wondering whether anybody else has found a way to distinguish fibro- or CMP-referred pain from pain caused by real dental problems. I don't want to have a bridge put in and then find that the teeth on which the bridge is based must come out. On the other hand, I don't want to lose teeth unnecessarily. Please help. --Laura R.M.