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    Old 09-21-2001, 07:28 AM   #1
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    Unhappy Chronic Tooth Pain

    My nightmare continues. Nothing hurt until my dentist filled a "Small cavity that shouldn't affect the nerve." WRONG! This all started in January 2001. After a couple of weeks and still in pain while chewing, he refilled the tooth. Still no relief. He suggested a crown Sent me to an endo to see if I needed a RC before doing the crown. I was told no RC needed. He did the build up and four days later--terrible toothache. Back to Endo for RC. I was told that after "Temp" was placed, pain while chewing would improve. WRONG!. First crown didn't fit, had to be redone. He placed the crown and said that the pain should be gone. WRONG! I still can't chew, plus the tooth is sensitive to the touch. He did a bite adjustment--still no improvement. Now, it almost feels like the tooth behind the crown is started to hurt. I'm terribly depressed. Now I'm told that it's probably inflammed nerves and ligaments in my gums. Has anyone out there have the same or similar problem? Did the nerves ever improve? If so, how long does it take?

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    Old 09-21-2001, 11:18 AM   #2
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    Yes, I have been through a silmilar situation. It all started when a dentist told me I needed to have my front crown replaced. THe tooth which was fine before but began to hurt the next day. Now I believe in the old saying if it ain't broke don't fix it. He suggusted I have a root canal. The endo did not do it right and it hurt worse then ever. I was in great health before this and even ran 2 miles a day, ran my own sucessful business and volunteered at a homeles shelter. AFter this I did not work for 6 months while I was recovering. I got absolutely no help from the dental community. Plus I did not even need the root canal or the crown replaced. The tooth was traumatized from having the crown put on and needed a couple months to recover but instead they did a root canal alost immedialtly on a perfectly good tooth. ANyway I had terible pain for about 2 months. Even now almost 2 years later the tooth still does not feel right and I have sinus problems because the endo entered my sinus when he did the root canal. No one would admit what he had done and I had to go to another state to find out the truth. You have to be so careful with dentists. Many of them do work that is not necessary. My whole life changed as a result of this experience. ALl i can say is I do think it will get better, but try not to let them do anything else to your teeth. THe less done, the less trauma. In my case, I went to many different specialists, and they all gave me a different opionion. I opted to do nothing and eventually the pain got better. By the way watch out for drugs for pain. THey gave me way to many and I hallucinated on them. I became severly depressed when no one would help me and they gave me antidepressents, big mistake, made me even more depressed and gave me a numb hollow feeling. The best thing you can do unless there is an infection is wait and take plenty of Vitamins, garlic and water. Please let me know how it is going. I sympathize and will try to help you with whatever info I can. THere is nothing worse then tooth pain. It seem they the dentists do unnecesary procedures, cause you pain and then resent you when you go back to them for help. Many dentists work way to fast and schedule to many patients for one day, then they get tired and make mistakes. I also think they become immune to their patients pain because they are around it so much. By the way I worked with refugees from AFrica who had beautiful teeth and had never been to a dentist. THey went to a dentist here in the U. S. for a check up and they're troubles with their teeth began. What does that tell you? The less done the better. Teeth are like bones. WOuld you let someone drill into your bones, scrape them and fill them with toxic substances. By the way, I found that rinsing my mouth with peroxide diluted with water really kills bacteria. In addition, I use a water pik. I raely eat anything with sugar and I brush my teeth within 20 minutes after eating anything. I do not plan on ever having my teeth cleaned again. I feel that just takes off the enamal and eventually your teeth become sensitive. Before all this happened to me, I had braces, and went to the dentist regularly, no more. I did have an excellent dentist once though who really cared, was it in to help people and only did what was necessary, he's retired now, the last of a dying breed. Good Luck and keep me posted.

    Old 09-21-2001, 11:57 AM   #3
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    Thank you. It gives me a little hope. Unfortunately, sometimes the more you read about a problem, the worse it is. Just this morning I was reading that sometimes, even after you get a tooth pulled, you can still have phantom pain... The thought of going through life without being able to eat is very depressing. But, after all that is going on in the world I almost feel guilty for feeling sorry for myself.

    I certainly wish you well, too...

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