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Old 02-18-2005, 04:09 PM   #1
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Is toothache a common symptom of TMJ

I wondered if I could ask you all a quick question? I have just been reading this forum with much interest.

I was interested to read the section on a website this evening describing that toothache can move about due to bruxism and TMJ. Over the past year I've had awful toothaches which tends to have moved around my mouth. It isn't just an irritating toothache, in fact quite often it is so severe that it makes me want to top myself it gets so bad. To try to correct this, over the past year I've had 4 tooth extractions and 5 root canals and I still have severe pain. I have now seen 22 different dentists, doctors and specialists all of which have been pretty useless and just try to palm me off with all sorts of reasons. Needless to say I am completely frustrated and depressed about the whole situation.

I was told that I had an abscess to begin with, which was fixed after I had the teeth extracted, but then the pain just moved to another tooth, so I was told by my doctor that I had trigeminal neuralgia. I then seen an oral surgeon who told me I didn't have trigeminal neuralgia and the pain was possibly coming from having fibromyalgia. So I mentioned this to my physiotherapist, who didn't think it was a problem from my fibromyalgia and it was a dental problem. So basically I've just been this ping-pong ball getting knocked about everywhere.

I was just wondering if this was the kind of situation that some of you find yourselves in, only to find that it is in fact a problem that can be treated and possibly cured?

Any help or advice you could offer would be wholeheartedly appreciated as I have yet to speak to anybody who has any understanding of what the cause of this pain could be.

Many thanks.

 
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Old 02-19-2005, 12:40 PM   #2
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Re: Is toothache a common symptom of TMJ

I had a slightly similiar situation 2 years ago. After having a crown and a root canal on a tooth that I thought was hurting I ended up in pain 10 times worse than when I started. It was only after the fact that my dentist diagnosed severe muscle spasms in my face and neck which was referring pain to the tooth. I'm now in physical therapy and have had a few trigger point injections to get the muscles to calm down. It's helping very slowly.

 
Old 02-19-2005, 01:45 PM   #3
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Re: Is toothache a common symptom of TMJ

Ah interesting!

So do you think this is related to your TMJ disorder or not? Was more than one tooth involved?

 
Old 02-19-2005, 07:32 PM   #4
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Re: Is toothache a common symptom of TMJ

That bites that you've been pingponged back and forth with no real diagnosis. I had a tooth that was hurting which I linked to the mouthguard I wore, so I stopped wearing the guard, the tooth hurt for a good long time, also had similar pains on the other cuspid, and the pain moved around to my bottom teeth too. I'm wearing my guard again, no tooth pain yet. I haven't found any answers either, but the process of elimination leads me to believe that TMD is the cause of my facial pain. I stumbled across some really interesting sites just by inputting one or two of my symptoms in the search box, try it, you could find something helpful.

 
Old 02-21-2005, 05:57 PM   #5
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Re: Is toothache a common symptom of TMJ

I've had TMJ since before they knew what TMJ was. I can testify to many dental problems! I even had root canal done twice on one tooth cuz pain didn't go away.

Altho I truly had many dental problems (due to addiction to codeine for TMJ headache pain softening my teeth), but many of the problems had to do with the pain I had in my cheeks/sinus area caused by my TMJ.

Sorry I can't give you advice on finding a cure for TMJ as I still don't have one. But, yes, it can cause dental pain. Also, if you have sinus problems this can also mimic tooth pain.

Hope that helps some?

 
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Re: Is toothache a common symptom of TMJ

I've had TMJ since before they knew what TMJ was. I can testify to many dental problems! I even had root canal done twice on one tooth cuz pain didn't go away.

Altho I truly had many dental problems (due to addiction to codeine for TMJ headache pain softening my teeth), but many of the problems had to do with the pain I had in my cheeks/sinus area caused by my TMJ.

Sorry I can't give you advice on finding a cure for TMJ as I still don't have one. But, yes, it can cause dental pain. Also, if you have sinus problems this can also mimic tooth pain.

Hope that helps some?

 
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