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Old 10-04-2006, 11:54 AM   #1
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Teeth pain -neuralgia???

Anyone ever had teeth pain and had the docs decide it might be the "nerves"?Already had 2 root canals and apicoectomy---and still throbbing pulling aching pain in the whole upper quadrant!!!--Ruled out cavaties, sinus, etc....none of the specialists seem to know much (oral surgeon, 3 endodontists, periodontist, dentist,,,etc.......)I can't stand this much longer!!!I have done everything else I can think of --acupuncture, homeopothy, PT, osteopathy,...---now I have been told to see a neurologist for medications...ech-----
Anybody ever hear of this problem???
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Old 10-04-2006, 02:55 PM   #2
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Re: Teeth pain -neuralgia???

Hi, I have been going thru this for about three months, Intense pain,...been to dentist and xrays showed nothing..good teeth under a bridge...
pain mostly comes from food or drink thats cold or hot, Dentist is sending me to a Endodontic....that was about a month ago I was at the dentist, now pain has receded back to no pain, I'm thinking it may be neuralgia now that I read your posting, I know its very frustrating when there isn't a clear cause to your problem...God Bless and hang in there
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Old 10-04-2006, 06:13 PM   #3
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Re: Teeth pain -neuralgia???

Other than the teeth with the root canals do any of the teeth have fillings? The only reason I ask is that I once had an an infected tooth where the decay did not show up on an xray. The whole upper left side hurt - so my dentist suggested we start replacing the old fillings (3 of the four teeth there had fillings). Luckily - the first tooth he started was the one - it had a really bad infection and unfortunately had to be removed. He kept going back looking at the xray and couldn't explain why nothing seemed wrong on xray. I was lucky in a way b/c once the tooth was removed all the pain went away and I did not have to have the other fillings replaced afterall.

Another thought - does the pain go away if you take a few aleve or advil? If it doesn't, then its probably an infection. If it does, it can be neuralgia or just severe tooth sensitivity. Have you tried any of the OTC remedies for tooth sensitivity?

 
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Hi--thanks for your replies--
yes indeed, the other 2 teeth in back of these do have big fillings--and many times it feels like they have a tooth ache--BUT all the docs say there is no decay (showing) or infections--ummm In fact I'm sure the fillings could not be replaced because they are too big--they would need crowns...which would be fine with me IF they were the problem. But none of the docs would go for that without some reason...
and they say if there was infection, it would have gotton worse (2 months) and advil does seem to give some relief..
So what to do???????? I will try some homeopathic now ..I guess..I keep waiting for it to get better.
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Old 10-05-2006, 09:27 AM   #5
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I went through something like that 3 years ago. First I had a big filling removed and the tooth crowned, then after the pain didn't go away I had a root canal. The pain continued and it was my dentist who finally figured out that some of my facial muscles were in spasm. The spasms can also make you feel like it's a problem with the tooth. So before you have any more dental work done you might want to check out this avenue. I learned the hard way and all the pros were quick to diagnose neuralgia, stress etc.

 
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Suz-
thanks for the info-We have explored the possibility of spasm...but that does not seem to be the case--no TMJ or such...Whaat did you do for it???

And Thelma--were you sick with the infection? were there any other indications of an infection or decay????

 
Old 10-28-2006, 05:44 AM   #7
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SuzQ--
So what did you do about the facial spasms??? Did you feel the muscle spasms? I have what really feels like teeth ache and jabbing after root canals and surgery...but I don't feel any spasming...????--What helped you?
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Old 10-28-2006, 06:17 AM   #8
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The thing that helped the most was physical therapy. They used ultrasound on the muscles, did some stretches and also showed me some strengthening exercises. My dentist and therapist could feel the muscles that were in spasm because they were so tight. After going through this for over 3 years I can now feel the problem muscles. Have you tried moist heat and ice? If it is a muscle problem these should give you some relief. I'm not sure wich is better. My PT swears by ice and ice only but there's been a number of others who say moist heat.

 
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Thanks, SuzQ-
I don't really feel anything in my facial muscles and I have been seeing a PT (who has been using cold laser treatments)--my problem is in the upper teeth...where was yours? If your muscles were touched inside and outside -were they sore? Mine are not. I do use heat sometimes...I will try ice too..
The agony is not knowing what this is!!!

 
Old 10-28-2006, 07:40 PM   #10
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Re: Teeth pain -neuralgia???

I really hate to say this - its very possible this is not your problem - but my upper front teeth started to ache when I was in my early thirties for no reason whatsoever. There was no "apparent" gum disease, no cavities, no nerves dying, etc. No facial pain or spasms - but my gums ached all the time. I went to an ortho to see if possbily the teeth were being crowded and thats why they ached. It went on for a year and then I noticed they were becoming dark yellow and flanging out a bit. It turns out they needed to be removed and as soon as they were the pain stopped. No one could tell my why but from that point on I started seeing a periodontist. Have you been to one recently?

 
Old 11-01-2006, 10:52 AM   #11
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Hi--thanks for the input--I now have been checked by 2 dentists, 3 endodonticts, 2 oral surgeons, Tmj specialist, PT and neurologist--and I have still have the same PAIN jabbing into what feels like my 2 teeth!!!!---amazing what they don't know~--Also been advised not to pull anything cause it may not solve anything and create more problems.....(since they don't know what's causing the pain.)
I am going to check out a hollistic dentist in Brookline, Ma--Dr. Yolin--does anyone know him????
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Old 11-01-2006, 11:06 AM   #12
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Re: Teeth pain -neuralgia???

mtpeony-It looks like you're in my area and you must have been to the same doctors I went to. I wish I could give you the name of someone who can help but in the 3 1/2 years since my problem started I have yet to find anyone who could give me a diagnosis or help me in any way. Let us know how you make out with this new dentist.

 
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