My dentist took x-rays and told me that I have a fistula. Sounded worse than "tumor" at first, but she reassured me it is not as bad as it sounds. However, she also told me I need to redo the root canal job I had done to the offending tooth years ago. Oh, and she refused to do it herself, offering instead to refer me to a specialist, which worries me.
After doing some googling, it looks like I have four options:
-1: Do nothing. (It doesn't hurt - if it ain't broken don't fix it.)
-2: Try penicilin or other antibiotics. (Not clear to me if this could offer a permanent solution, or if the fistula would soon reappear.)
-3: Redo the root canal and crown. (Time consuming, painful, expensive.)
-4: Pull the tooth. (Quick, cheap, nobody sees the tooth anyway and I have 27 others to chew with.)
Question: Is there any way to avoid options 3 and 4? Could antibiotics possibly do the job once and for all? If not, how much time could it buy me?