Originally Posted by sickiemcgee
it is one tooth at the moment and i'm freaking out that it's going to break my dentist is baffled by the teeth problems i've been having since I take such good care of my teeth but my teeth are decaying and one has broken already i've had 6 cavities this year and I hadn't had a cavity in 12 years! and yes it does feel like pressure in my ears and it hurts in my temple and jaw it almost feels like my bite out of place most times. Thanks for all of your help guys i really appreciate it, this has been the worst year of my life. I am desperate for someone to believe that my symptoms aren't depression or fibromyaliga. My docs are no help i am so glad i have found you guys. you are all angels
It's quite possible you have TMJ which is a "disorder" of sorts in your jaw. (You might want to visit the TMJ board here) I've had it since I was little. A CAT scan showed my jaw was infact mis-aligned and the joint itself was getting stuck when my jaw open and closed. This causes amazing amounts of pain in the jaw, the ear (usually right in front of it, and/or just behind the lobe), your temples, even your neck and shoulders from the stress. I ended up needing a root canal on one of my upper molars a couple months ago - probably attributed to the constant clenching problem I have. I rarely have the "clicking" noise you hear associated with TMJ - so even if your jaw doesn't "click" doesn't mean you dont have jaw problems.
Basically when you have TMJ you clench, and grind your teeth (consciously and even subconsciously). If your clenching down SO HARD on your teeth - of course they're going to break. You need to mention this to your doctor/dentist as a possible cause for your problems. You could also try an inexpensive remedy and see if it helps in the mean time - go to a sporting goods store and get a mouth guard. Wear that at night and see if that helps any of the pressure on your tooth. What it will do is spread out the pressure to all your other teeth. Do you find when you close your mouth normally, with no food in it, that your teeth hit that tooth alone?
Also, if you notice the tooth hurts more in the morning? What I like to do is take half a dose of Tyenol PM (just one pill). This is enough for me to relax and not clench down on my teeth as much. I still do it, but I don't wake up in a lot of pain.
warm compresses help me most, you could also try ice, but that tends to make my jaw hurt even more. I saw an oral surgeon. He was the one that ordered the cat scan and got me into an appropriate night guard. You might also want to see if your GP or your dentist could prescribe a muscle relaxer for you - that helped me get through the nights with a half decent nights sleep.
I hope this helps some.. I know what that kind of pain is like. *hugs*