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    Old 05-16-2006, 07:29 AM   #1
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    Biting Pain

    This is going to sound really pathetic but I was eating some dried prunes yesterday and there was still a stone in one of them (which I was unaware of) and when I bit down hard on this piece of fruit I got a pain in my upper teeth. It is still aching a bit now and was just wondering if this has ever happened to anybody else - like I may have just irritated the nerve or ligament or something.

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    Old 05-16-2006, 06:36 PM   #2
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    Re: Biting Pain

    My advice is to proceed with caution. I had a similiar experience. Three years ago I bit a small piece of glass which was in a cookie I was eating. I went to the dentist because the tooth hurt. X-rays showed no cracks in the tooth but since it had a big old filling he recommended a crown. Had the crown done and the pain got worse. I was sent to the endodontist and he said I needed a root canal. Had the root canal done, it took over a month for the entire procedure because every week the pain was so bad I kept calling and going into their office, a few times they went back into the tooth to clean it more. The pain got worse. They finally closed the tooth and put the temp crown back on and said the pain should go away with time, I'm just one of those few people who have trouble with root canals. To make a long story short, the whole thing turned into a major TMJ problem and I've been going to many specialists, physical therapy and spent thousands of dollars during the past three years. It's been such a nightmare, I wish I had just given it more time to heal on its own.

     
    Old 05-17-2006, 03:11 PM   #3
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    Thank you for responding.

    I went to see my dentist this afternoon to see if she could see any problems with this tooth. She said that she couldn't see any cracks in it or anything like that, but she did think that my bite was a little misaligned and that this would be aggravating it. She shaved a little off it to see if that would make it more comfortable and I have to go back to see her again next week.

    Has anybody here had any experiences of a misaligned bite causing a toothache? If so, how long did it take to fix it?

     
    Old 05-19-2006, 06:11 PM   #4
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    Re: Biting Pain

    Hmmm..... I still have pain in the teeth.... Could it be the bite needs adjusting?

     
    Old 05-22-2006, 08:03 AM   #5
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    Re: Biting Pain

    A misaligned bite can cause all sorts of pain in the teeth. I'm going through that right now. Please be careful about having your dentist do the adjustments. After my dentist tried to correct my bite he ended up referring me to a neuromuscular dentist. He's trained in all the muscles of the face and correcting a bite. I have to wear a special splint the night before my appointment and can't take it off until I get to his office. When he does the adjustment the chair is leaned back all the way. This relaxes the muscles so your bite is in the right place. I don't want to scare you but when I had a root canal my bite started to feel off so the endodontist did some minor adjusting. When things got worse my dentist tried to correct it and its never been the same. Just remember, you can't reverse it once they shave the tooth and even a very minor adjustment has huge consequences. I learned the hard way.

     
    Old 06-02-2006, 03:44 PM   #6
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    Well, I had some of my tooth shaved to correct the bite a little, but no improvement. If I manage not to bite on it or touch it for a few hours it tends to settle down a bit, but will then start up again when I eat or talk. My endodontist said that the teeth look fine but he did notice that I have impacted wisdom teeth that are pushing against the others. So I am going to have them removed and see if that fixes the problem. Let's hopes so.

     
    Old 07-21-2006, 08:36 AM   #7
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    Long, but PLEASE read....I am having biting pain also ( the tooth is sensitive to touch and sucking in the wrong way, sorry, hard to explain) Mine started when a piece of back molar fell out after eating. Had a crown put on which never felt 100% comfortable. Always felt like something needed to be flossed out of the way back area....After it was on a few months I got pain on biting on a certain are of the tooth. Dentist tried medication, adjusting the crown and then 2 different crowns. Still biting pain. Xray showed nothing but a widened PDL. My ear and chin and jaw are having intermittant aches by now along with the pangs in the bottom teeth that come and go. So I reluctlantly go for the root canal with a top Endodontist. Quick and painless. Only after a week I still have pain on touch, and bite an now even when sucking in air, the entire tooth now not just one area. Endo says this is normal. Now I call back in another week and they tell me give it 2 months. I do and no relief except ear and cheek and chin pain is gone. Endo says he doesn't think he misssed anything but I could go in and he could look at it with magnification and redo if necessary. First of all, I am a big time health anxiety personn and I barely got the courage for the first one. I am not ready to go get a re do which is more complicated. Why in heavens name do they not check for extra canals or what not while the tooth is opened in the first palce. This sounds ludicrous!!!!!! 2 weeks ago , ear and chin and jaw aches are back along with some odd feelings in bottom tooth/teeth/gums/cheek. Went to regular dentist who sees nothing wrong and can't really advise me. He probed and ground the crown down some more which seems to have helped if not 100% . I would really appreciate feedback from patients as the "experts" are no help at all....I am seeing an oral surgeon next month also. I have a feeling I will be throwing hundreds of dollars downt the drain. What is it with doctors and dentists? Why can't they figure it out and fix it......?? Maria

     
    Old 07-21-2006, 05:32 PM   #8
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    Maria,

    Your description sounds like neuralgia or a possible jawbone infection. I suggest speaking to a neurologist.

    Good luck!

     
    Old 07-22-2006, 06:27 AM   #9
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    Hi Dale, I see the oral surgeon next month. Wouldn't he be able to dx a jaw bone infection or neuralgia? For the price he charges he better do some research! Thanks, Maria

     
    Old 07-27-2006, 07:54 AM   #10
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    Anyone else?

     
    Old 07-27-2006, 07:09 PM   #11
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    Hi!

    I've had similar biting pain that has been going on for over a year now. Somewhat similar to you, I have only pain when biting on certain areas of a back molar. I had the tooth crowned many years ago. Was fine for quite awhile but then developed some biting pain. Had crown removed and dentist and endodontist said the tooth looked fine. Had another crown put on and was okay for awhile but with time the pain came back. Have had multiple appointments with dentists, endodontists, ENTs, etc... My pain is now in my lower jaw and radiates sometimes into the ear and the tooth itself only hurts when I bite on it a certain way.

    Anyway, so far they have ruled out TMJ (no jaw clicking) an abscess (x-rays have consistently been fine) and I have had CT scans and an MRI. Everything looks fine. I am now diagnosed as having a neuralgia (and this was diagnosed first by an oral surgeon who sent me to a neurologist). All this means is "your jaw hurts and we really don't know why". I am taking medication which does make the pain managable but doesn't completely get rid of it. It is the first medication, however, which has helped at all - Motrin/aspirin never did anything.

    I still wonder if there isn't some type of crack in the tooth that started all this, but I don't want to take off the second (fairly new) crown for no good reason. I too am frustrated by the lack of a real diagnosis after more than a year. Hope you find out what is wrong. Keep us updated.

     
    Old 07-27-2006, 07:51 PM   #12
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    Maria,

    I almost can feel your pain and frustration as I have had gone through the same thing. Few years ago, I went to a dentist to have a bridge put on and the nightmare just went on and on. I went through seeing different dentists and doctors looking to resolve my mysterious pain and get my sanity and life back. Let me tell you, it was more painful (emotionally )dealing with all those incompetent, unprofessional, greedy dentists than enduring the pain from my teeth while seeking help. After spending hundreds and even thousands for consultations and dental treatments, numerous x-rays indicating nothing abnormal, still no definite diagnosis and actually caused the pain on my teeth to spread to my jaw and head. You were told to try this and that and even if your pain was worse, oh sorry, you don't get your money back. The worst part to me though was, instead of telling you that they were sorry and they didn't know what the problem was or how else they could do to make you feel better, they indicated that may be the pain was " psychosomatic" or " self-perceived " and that may be you should just "try not to think about it".
    At last, just couldn't take it anymore, I had my teeth pulled. Although with occasional and mild residual pain a year after the extractions, I feel much better now. No more pain pills or visiting dentists or doctors like it was my second job.
    I am not suggesting you to just pull your tooth, that should be last resort. But if you don't have any numbness, burning pain, those indicating nerve damage, and your pain is not getting better, then loosing the tooth may not be that bad of an idea. I hope you can find resolution to your problem soon. Best of luck.

     
    Old 07-31-2006, 03:18 AM   #13
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    Hi, thanks for the reply. My tooth hurts no matter where on the tooth I bite. I wonder about a crack also either that or he missed a canal. I have no heat or cold problems. I am seeing the oral surgeon this month but I have no faith in dr.'s. We shall see. Can you eat on that side of your mouth? I can't. If anything hits that tooth it is hurting! Does your tooth hurt it you run your finger over it with hardly any pressure? Does the medication help with the tooth pain. I have a feeling this in not a neurlgia. The pain is in my tooth. But my ear has discomfort on and off. I wonder if he missed an infection or abcess deep inside. I am so upset about this. Thanks, M
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    Hi!

    I've had similar biting pain that has been going on for over a year now. Somewhat similar to you, I have only pain when biting on certain areas of a back molar. I had the tooth crowned many years ago. Was fine for quite awhile but then developed some biting pain. Had crown removed and dentist and endodontist said the tooth looked fine. Had another crown put on and was okay for awhile but with time the pain came back. Have had multiple appointments with dentists, endodontists, ENTs, etc... My pain is now in my lower jaw and radiates sometimes into the ear and the tooth itself only hurts when I bite on it a certain way.

    Anyway, so far they have ruled out TMJ (no jaw clicking) an abscess (x-rays have consistently been fine) and I have had CT scans and an MRI. Everything looks fine. I am now diagnosed as having a neuralgia (and this was diagnosed first by an oral surgeon who sent me to a neurologist). All this means is "your jaw hurts and we really don't know why". I am taking medication which does make the pain managable but doesn't completely get rid of it. It is the first medication, however, which has helped at all - Motrin/aspirin never did anything.

    I still wonder if there isn't some type of crack in the tooth that started all this, but I don't want to take off the second (fairly new) crown for no good reason. I too am frustrated by the lack of a real diagnosis after more than a year. Hope you find out what is wrong. Keep us updated.

     
    Old 07-31-2006, 03:23 AM   #14
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    Hi, thanks for replying. Was your pain in one tooth or more than one. Was it biting pain. My options are 1) have the endo open tooth and check with magnification to see if he missed anything. ( I have said this a thousand times, WHY don't they take this precaution in the first place!) 2) redo the root canal or 3) have a apio or 4) pull it. I am just so upset and angry. As of now, I am probably going to waste my time and money on the oral surgeon and wind up going back to the endo.....Thanks, M
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    Maria,

    I almost can feel your pain and frustration as I have had gone through the same thing. Few years ago, I went to a dentist to have a bridge put on and the nightmare just went on and on. I went through seeing different dentists and doctors looking to resolve my mysterious pain and get my sanity and life back. Let me tell you, it was more painful (emotionally )dealing with all those incompetent, unprofessional, greedy dentists than enduring the pain from my teeth while seeking help. After spending hundreds and even thousands for consultations and dental treatments, numerous x-rays indicating nothing abnormal, still no definite diagnosis and actually caused the pain on my teeth to spread to my jaw and head. You were told to try this and that and even if your pain was worse, oh sorry, you don't get your money back. The worst part to me though was, instead of telling you that they were sorry and they didn't know what the problem was or how else they could do to make you feel better, they indicated that may be the pain was " psychosomatic" or " self-perceived " and that may be you should just "try not to think about it".
    At last, just couldn't take it anymore, I had my teeth pulled. Although with occasional and mild residual pain a year after the extractions, I feel much better now. No more pain pills or visiting dentists or doctors like it was my second job.
    I am not suggesting you to just pull your tooth, that should be last resort. But if you don't have any numbness, burning pain, those indicating nerve damage, and your pain is not getting better, then loosing the tooth may not be that bad of an idea. I hope you can find resolution to your problem soon. Best of luck.

     
    Old 08-07-2006, 03:54 AM   #15
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    Hi CTmom and Akie, are you still here? Can you reply and give me any more info.....thanks, M

     
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