As things turned out, the oral surgeon was reluctant to do anything before I am seen by an ENT. That's fine with me-I wasn't super excited to have this done at the holidays. I'll still need surgery, but the priority right now is the damage done to my sinuses from the root canal last year. Apparently, I shouldn't have air and water whooshing out through my nose (or something like that).
The bone loss isn't as bad as feared, so that was good news. I was able to get an appointment tomorrow with the doctor that saw me last year after the root canal, so that was lucky too. I'm still going to need that tooth out, but I'm glad someone was paying close attention and didn't just go in there extracting teeth. Oh, and there's something horrible going on with my ear, but all he would say is, "It doesn't look good-have the ENT check it out."
I'm following Mim's advice and drinking my vitamin C supplement, and hoping they don't find anything too exotic in my ear or sinuses tomorrow. I'm always amused to visit this particular medical centre as it is adjacent to a very large cemetery. Imagine being in your hospital room and looking out over that!
I want to thank everyone for their encouragement. This has been an awful year, and I'm hoping it will be corrected soon. On a happy note-between this and the visit to the urgent care for my neck, I've probably hit my insurance deductible for the year, so I can afford to see as many medical professionals as need be before new year's. That's great, because I'm loooong overdue with a visit to the rheumatologist.
There is light at the end of the tunnel, and I'm really glad I have such wonderful friends to see me through. Thank you for all your comments and emails. I'm fairly stoic, but (understandably) I'm turning into a complete chickenshit when it comes to my teeth.