I went to the dentist today and told him I am still having teeth pain every single day. (Earlier post~ I had my wisdom teeth removed, about 7-8 cavities filled, and a cleaning). The swelling/bruising is long gone and it no longer hurts where the wisdom teeth were pulled; also no more headaches. But the sensitivity has not lessened at all! It is so painful and it comes and goes but happens every day. It is not affected by hot/cold. It just seems to come and go for no reason and it affects ALL my teeth. My dentist said everything looked fine. He had no idea what is causing this pain/sensitivity. He wanted to do another cleaning because he said it looks like I've gotten a lot of build up again~ I said no way. The last thing I need is him putting my teeth through more trauma. He prescribed me Chlorhexidine Gluconate rinse. I just looked this up online and it doesn't sound like this is to help the pain at all. It sounds like some sort of cleaner.
I am so sick of this! I'm taking Excedrin every day. If my dentist can't even help me, what the H am I going to do? I'm ready to tell him to just pull all the damn teeth out!
It's been over a month since the initial work was done (the fillings & cleaning) and over 3 weeks (give or take a day) since the teeth were pulled. Does anyone have any ideas? How can I get rid of this sensitivity? The dentist didn't seem to think any sensitivity toothpastes would help.
Sorry to hear you are having so many problems with your teeth. I had a situation similar to yours after a bunch of work done, my teeth were so sensitive. After a while the pain subsided with an occasional toothache here and there and the hot and cold pain was always there. After a few years of this i decided it was just time to go ahead and get them all pulled out. I am now one week post op with immediate dentures. these are just my top teeth by the way. I think after a while i will feel better but at this point in time i feel like i should have just stuck it out for a while longer. but u know you cant post pone the inviteable!
The toothpaste for sensitive people did help also tylenol and ibuprofin lots of both worked for awhile. Hopes this info helps!
azmom, i know your pain and I'm sorry. Really if your dentist has no ideas try someone else, it really sounds like what happened to me (I posted my story on your last post) I don't want to scare but you need to look into the fact that either your bite is off (which can cause this type of pain your having) of you have tmj.
Im not a doctor I've just done alot of research because I am in pain everyday. Have you tried orajel? I have not yet but let me know if it helps, do research it has been the only that has helped me find answers, besides this board. Keep me posted I'll be thinking of you.
I am very sorry to hear your teeth aren't getting any better. I don't know it seems very hard to put any trust in dentists today. I don't understand why the field is so shady. You go to get help and you end up with a bigger problem then you already had. Nobody should have to live in pain, not to mention dentists are very expensive for what they do. Maybe you should try seeing a different dentist, I have switched around alot trying to find someone who is actually is competent and its been very hard. There is nothing worse than a toothache never mind you having ALL your teeth hurt. It ruins your life, and you can't function right. I hope you start feelin better soon.
I am sorry for your pain - that's an awful lot of dental work at one time - the dentist should have known better. I am surprised neither dentist prescribed anything for your pain. If your stomache can handle it, my dentists have always said Advil or Aleve is the best OTC drug for tooth pain as it is an anti-inflammatory. If you can, perhaps you can consult another dentist. All those fillings could have thrown your bite off causing clenching. This can cause pain in all the teeth. A nightguard can help this. Your regular doctor maybe can help by prescribing something to relieve the pain and relax the muscles. Or refer you to a neurologist as nerves can be affected with all that dental work-especially extractions. I have had similar problems after dental work and found help from all of the above-mentioned. I also consulted a TMJ doctor but the splint only made my teeth hurt worse. But that was me. So much dental work can tire your jaw causing sore muscles which the splint can relax. The most caring doctor I saw was the oral surgeon who extracted a tooth and he gave me some good advice - do not live with chronic pain; the answer is out there somewhere. If this does not settle down in time, I hope you can get the help you need. Deb
im sorry to hear you're in such severe pain.. I can't imagine what it would be like to have every tooth hurt. I've been to the dentists 3 times in the past 2 weeks, and go back wednesday for fillings.. I originally went because I was having severe pain in a back molar.. anyways, he gave me some stuff called PerioMed. It didn't do anything the first 2 or 3 days, but afterwards, the pain had totally subsided. That was last Monday. Last Friday I went in for a cleaning. This past wednesday he wanted to check some things and told me that I ended up needing 8 fillings. http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/bigcry.gif Anyways I was glad he felt it best to not do all 8 at once. He is only going to do 3 or 4 next week, and than the rest either the following week, or whenever any pain i have *if any* goes away.
You will likely regret getting extractions.. Plz hold in there, even though it's tough. Once they fix you, you'll be glad you have your real teeth.
I think some people heal slower than others. With the two crowns I had done on healthy teeth (no root canals), they were senstitive for about 18 months afterwards when most people stop hurting within weeks.
Does the Excedrin help? If it does, then it probably isn't nerve damage as Excedrin wouldn't help nerve pain.
I would definitely try another dentist for another opinion. This one seems to be out of ideas.
Hi! Thanks for all the replies. I haven't been on b/c we just moved. Talk about going through internet withdrawal! lol.
My teeth are still hurting. I have been alternating between taking Excedrin and Ibuprofen. My dentist's office called today to say they want me to come in for a second cleaning b/c when I was in before they saw a lot of build up (even though they just did a cleaning!). I told them I am not having ANY work done b/c I am still having pain. I've been using that rinse and it hasn't helped at all~ in fact it makes the sensitivity worse when I use it so I think I'm going to toss it.
Right now I am afraid to go see any dentist. If it isn't any better in 2 weeks then I think I'll break down and call someone new.
I am *really* hoping I don't have a bite problem or tmj. JP123, I know you and I have the exact same symptoms so I think it's definately possible that's what it is but I am trying to hope against hope that this will go away on its own. But if it doesn't then I'll be making an appt. with a new dentist. Oh, forgot to answer your question~ I have also tried Orajel and Anbesol and they don't seem to help. So far the Excedrin has worked the best.
Hello, I totally feel for you!
I went through HELL with Dentists.
From 2001-2002.. I had few RC .. Even went to a Specialist for it and ended up having those teeth pulled.
What got me is EVERY time I went in with pain. NO ONE believed me.. They will say nothings wrong. I went to 7-8 diff Dr's .
I FINALLY found a good one and he knows what I went through in the past so he's really nice about it.
But Please if you Don't feel like you're getting the best care Do else where.
It's hard to look for the one you like or the one who cares enough to understand where you're coming from.. but If you're not happy.. go else where. Just remember you're paying for this so you have every right.
I ended up spending over $5000 for noting. I used up my Dental for that year so all that $ and nothing to show for.
Go with your Gut feeling : )
Hey, I just got done reading your note. And I feel for you. I have just gotten out of bed from excurcating pain after having my front top 6 teeth grinded down and caps put on them. For 5 weeks I was taking perscription pain killers every 3 to 5 hours day and night. I couldn't get out of bed I was in so much pain. I just wanted to die. My dentist said he didn't have a clue what it could be, that maybe it wasn't my teeth and that I should see a MD. Well I did, 2 of them as a matter of fact and one thought I was just wanting more pain pills and pretty much told me that. The other was very nice, but didn't know what to do for me, so he gave me something for sezuires. Which I do not have and it did not help. I was welling to try anything at this point. Anyway nothing helped but the pain pills and they only half helped. I am a little better now, but still have pain all over my mouth and headaches. But it is not as painful as it was at first. I really beleive that the dentist did something wrong, but of course he would not admit that. So I am hopeing that I will make a full recovery soon. I really feel for you and wish someone could tell us both what went wrong.
Geesh, everyone's stories of dental pain make me cringe! I am never going to the dentist again if I can help it. Believe it or not for the past 4 days the pain has really decreased!! I don't know why~ I stopped using the rinse and I haven't had to take as many Excedrin. I still get the sensitivity but not as frequently and I'm only taking pain meds about once a day.
I have a question maybe someone will know the answer to~ when I had my last appt the dentist put a 'temporary' crown on one of my teeth. I really do not want to go back to have a permanent one put on. How long do you think the temporary will last, or am I stuck having to go in one more time? I don't chew on that side of the mouth b/c that tooth does hurt more than the others and I don't want the crown to come off.
Glad to hear that you have had some relief lately azmom. TO answer your question you can keep your temps on for atleast 1-2 mos. I did on with my last 2 root canal/crowns becuz I to was scared to go back in but eventually you will have to. Im still taking 4 ibuprofen every 4 hrs. I'll have to try some excedrin.
Last week I went in to my grandmas dentist who knows more about tmj than my dentist, and of course that is what he diagnosed me with. I have done a lot of research and I believe that is definetly what is causing my teeth to hurt it.
Tomorrow I have a free consultation with a tmj specialist in Southfield so I'm excited to hear what he says although I still do not have the money for treatment maybe he can give me some ideas. After my grandmas dentist tried to improve my bite by filling down some of my teeth here and there I felt horrible the next day which of course was labor day weekend. So I went to the ER. They ofcourse did a catscan checked my sinuses and didnt find anything wrong. They gave me a prescription for vicodin and valium(as a muscle relaxer), but the last time I tried a muscle relaxer it made me worse.
I really hope your problem is something different. I know the hell that my life has become. I have a 4 yr old and my littlest turns 2 next week. I just hope to get my life back soon, becuz god knows I have thought many times of ending it. I'm only 26 and I can't imagine having this forever. I hope you stay well and I will definetly let you and everybody know if I find out anything. Take care everyone
Oh Jennifer, I am so sorry you are going through all this. I know when you are in so much pain it's hard to do anything and with two little ones it must be so rough on you!! Try the Excedrin~ that really has helped me so much more than Ibuprofen. I hope the dentist will work with you so you can get the treatment to finally stop the pain. I've been doing better but my teeth are very sensitive now to cold and it still hurts when I eat anything not-soft. Still, it's a huge improvement. I'm going to wait on getting the permanent crown... maybe in another month I'll be ready to go face the dentist again.
I was told that my 31 molar may need a root canal/ gum surgery/ then a crown.
Or extraction and an implant
or extraction and a bridge.
I would do the first one if I knew my tooth was worth it and would take the gum surgery????? this scares me to death. My right ear has a lymph node behind it swollen. My jaw on the right I haven't chewed on since xmas. If anything gets in that hole I am in hell otherwise I try to keep it clean. I went from a size 10 to 4-5 :O.
I have about half of my tooth left now yet the whole underneath is rather scooped out and exposing the nerve.
I wish I didn't need gum surgery to save my tooth.
HEY GIRL, I HAVE FELT LIKE ENDING IT TOO, BECAUSE OF MY DENTAL PAIN. ITS HARD TO BELEIVE THAT YOUR TEETH CAN CAUSE SO MUCH PAIN. BUT I CAN TESTIFY TO THE EXACT FEELINGS YOU ARE HAVING, I JUST ABOUT HAD A NERVOUS BREAK DOWN BEFORE I STARTED FEELING BETTER. CRYING ALL THE TIME. I HAVE 3 CHILDREN, AGE: 14,11,9. BEING IN CONSTANT PAIN HAS NOT ONLY BEEN PAINFUL BUT HAS MADE ME FEEL GUILTY FOR NOT BEING THE BEST MOTHER THAT I CAN BE. IT IS HARD TO BE A MOTHER WHEN YOU DON'T EVEN WANT TO GET OUT OF BED BECAUSE OF THE PAIN. I HAVE EVEN BEEN SICK TO MY STOMACH BECAUSE OF ALL OF THIS. THROWING UP AND MY SOTMACH BURNING SO BAD! ANYWAY, JENNIFER, HAVE YOU TRIED, DARVECT, OR HYDROCODONE? THIS IS THE PERSCRIPTION PAIN MEDS THAT I HAVE BEEN TAKING. OVER THE COUNTER PAIN MEDS DID NOT HELP AT ALL FOR ME. YOUR DENTIST SHOULD GIVE THIS TO YOU AND ANTIBOTIC, JUST TO MAKE SURE THERE IS NO INFECTION. ALSO I TAKE VIOXX, BECAUSE I HAVE ARTHRITIS AND THAT REALLY HELPS WITH THE PAIN TOO, BECAUSE IT IS A INFLAMMATORY DRUG AND OUR MOUTH IS INFLAMMED. I HOPE THIS WILL HELP YOU SOME AND JUST HANG IN THERE. I KNOW MONEY IS A ISSUE FOR A LOT OF US, BUT YOU HAVE TO FIND SOMETHING THAT WILL HELP YOU BEFORE YOU LOSE YOUR MIND. TAKE CARE,
Boy can I relate to you, I posted loads of posts a while ago about my problems and at the moment they are worse than ever. I have a big phobia so all this is very haed for me but I still managed to go through a root canal and a very large filling earlier this year. Unfortunatly the root canal never settled down (2nd failed one) and the one with the filinf is playing up. I have had problems for the past 3 years and have quite a few teeth missing plus broken ones and even my front teeth have large fillings or veneers. recently my gums have been very painful and my teeth sensitive and I am not sure what is causing it as I brush them and floss them and use mouthwash as well. I have heard that stress can cause gum problems and i am feeling very stressed. I have an appointment with a specialist on thursday about the root canaled tooth and I am scared stiff and very on edge. I have been on antidepressents in the past because of my teeth and I don't want to go there again. I too have 3 children and have had all the same feelings as Marie has infact my name is Marie too so it looks like we have alot in common. I wrote this to let you know that there are others like you and that you are not alone, my teeth have ruled my life for the past 3 years and I just want it to stop.
I would make sure there is no infection. If it spreads to the bone watch out. That's called Osteomyelitis and it is painful and hard to cure, however there is medical protocol. I would NOT wait to see the dentist - get over the fear now, not later, and ask them to culture the area and check for infection. If not, get yourself to a University Hospital that also has oral surgeons as professors and ask them what they think.
Best to all of you.
A quitter never wins, and a winner never quits.
MY GOD!...I think I've finally found the right thread ! lol
I have been suffering from dental pain of one kind or another for over 5 years now, I even had my face swollen up with infection, and yes I too have been at the point of having a nervous breakdown because of all of it,
I have 2 girls, and it is horrible to have this kind of pain and to try to function as a mother,
Why is it that everyone knows what the problem is (and by everyone I mean people of the dental profession) but no one (no one again being the dentists) wants to help, or solve the problem?
I just had a tooth pulled (Again) last Tuesday, and I had to have stitches, usually when I have a tooth pulled, I stop bleeding the same day, well this time I didn't really stop bleeding (red blood) untill early thursday, and since then I have been in great pain, I know it's not dry socket, I have had that before, plus I went and saw the doc that did the surgery yesterday, he asked when I usually stop bleeding, I told him, he then asked when I stopped bleeding this time, and I told him, then he took a look, he said that what probably happened is that this time instead of clotting up like I usually do, because of the severity of the insicion, that I just keep bleeding and never formed that crucial clot , he said it would heal, just slower, and that it wasn't infected, wich of course is good, then he said he was going to put some of that packing with the novacaine in it, from previous experience, I did not want this again, I had a very bad experience with this proceedure, and he basicly tried to force me to have it, right up to having the thing inches away from my mouth, and I had to pretty much shout NO at him lol so then he says fine, and I ask how long the pain will last, he says untill it is fully healed, wich could be a month to 2 mos. I asked what I should do for pain, because I had been taking 3 aleve and 3 Ibu together (wich by the way is usually great for anybody looking for pain relief other than the narcotic version and it usually does wonders for me) but it wasn't helping anymore, he said, well if you don't want this, then there's nothing I can do, and walked out...
Sorry for the novel, but there is more, lol
just for a lil back ground here, I am in no way one of those people that needs pain meds ALL the time, ya know, I am not a hypochondriac, ya know, in fact the pain med that works the best, makes me violently ill, lol hows that for irony, well unless I have my pepto, (another good hint, for those of you who get sick from stuff like this Pepto makes swalloable pills now if you're like me and the taste of the liquid Pepto makes you gag lol without it I would be throwing up on a half hour basis) I just don't understand why dentists can't be more understanding or helpfull ya know, is it really THAT hard to write out a prescription? for someone who is in constant pain? you would think that in theory it would be a good thing for them , if a patient knows that they care, or are willing to help then they will be more likely to keep going to the same person, anyhow, lol I finally was able to talk to my regular surgeon, (the one who has pulled all of the teeth so far) and he was very upset at this docs reaction and immediately prescribed something,
THANK GOD! lol
to make a long story even longer than I planned (Sorry) I completely understand where all of you are coming from, and as weird as this may sound it is nice to know that I am not alone, that SOMEBODY understands
thank all of you for sharing your stories, and for listening to all of my mumbo jumbo, lol
sorry again for the novel
AZMOM, I agree w/the poster who said you may have
TMJ CAUSED BY all those fillings knocking your bite out of alignment. The reason, in my opinion, that the dentist "acts like" he doesn't know what's wrong with you is because he suspects He Is Responsible. And he doesn't know how to deal with the payment problems that would arise if he were to say, "hmm..I bet your bite is off from all the fillings I did." Can you imagine a dentist saying that?? Why a bite that's off makes you grind your teeth is a mystery to me. But just chewing food, with a bite that's changed, will cause toothaches.
I am SO sorry about all this. Go to another dentist and have him check your bite. It just takes a minute. And Important: do not mention the other dentist's name. They may be friends ! The 2nd dentist may say, "who did your fillings?" Make up something LOL