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Old 05-18-2009, 11:25 PM   #1
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"phantom" toothaches??

Well...even after having my wisdom teeth pulled a week ago, and a horribly infected tooth (which had been previously root canaled/crowned) pulled on Friday....

I am back on these boards.

I have had oodles of dental problems in my 31 years, and I am running out of teeth that I can lose.

Why am I here now?

In the healing process since my 3rd tooth was pulled 3 days ago...I have been experiencing pain in several other teeth. One is on the bottom on the same side that 3rd tooth was pulled (which was on the top). I have had some pain on the wisdom tooth side, just in front of where they were. And I am still feeling lingering pain in the vacant spot FROM that 3rd tooth.

I know you can have a tooth ache that you feel in different areas in your mouth. I have heard a bit about "phantom" toothaches, much like when someone loses a limb, but they still feel it?

Can anyone tell me if these feelings will disappear as all of these recent extractions heal? Or do I just have more tooth problems I can't afford, emotionally or financially?

And if they ARE real tooth issues....why wouldn't the strong antibiotics I have been on for a two weeks now aid in these pains for the time being?

Any help would be greatly appreciated,

Thank you!

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Old 05-19-2009, 10:51 AM   #2
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Re: "phantom" toothaches??

could be numerous reasons your still feeling pain?
as you have nerves that are attached to other side etc

or it could be naralgia sorry not sure of its spelling but its a facial nerve system which is said to be connected to teeth pain etc?

pain can be felt thinking its in one tooth but sometimes its not the tooth u suspect its another tooth as it can travel

if the dentist cannot find anythign through x-rays as him to refer you to see a specialist
or a nurologist and maybe they can find out exactly whats going on

good luck

Old 05-19-2009, 11:06 PM   #3
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Re: "phantom" toothaches??

thanks so much for your time to read and respond. I am going to wait a few weeks before having a dentist check this out, as I just got all those teeth pulled. I am hoping they go away. If they return far from my recovery, I will see someone.

Thank you again.

Old 05-20-2009, 11:49 AM   #4
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Re: "phantom" toothaches??

thats ok i just hope your pain goes away and you get it sorted !!

so did you have teeth pulled out because of the pain?
and was it defo those teeth causing you pain?

or was there other isssues with those teeth you had pulled out?

hope you dont mind me asking? but just wondered as you might of, had teeth out, for no reason ? because dentists couldnt find what was causing you the pain !!

hope this wasnt the case as they should of sent you to a specialist first to see if they could find anything wrong?

i have had years of problems caused by cowboy dentists and searhed one after another for answers after dentists damaged teeth and i was in pain
found it very hard for years to find a decent dentist to sort me out
even dental hospital sent me ona runaround .5 visits and sent me to a specialist ,then back to consultant and ignored what specialist said to do !!

but finally at last ,i have found a dentist must been the 50th one *eek*
has told me exactly what ive been saying all this time was in fact been the problem
a dentist had put a crown pin in too big and too deep ,
which made my crown move as there were gaps inbetween,
so my tooth did move

but because of the dentist i have to wait now until it comes off which dentist says it will be soon and he then can take the crown off if it loosens more or comes off
and put a new crown on properly !!

so i do know ,how you feel with pain as you know your own mouth and when somethign isnt right
but most dentists feel your getting at their work and wont take the time to find out why?

its not the case of making judgments of their work but ,if you are in constant pain and its their job to find out whats going on and if it is something to what they done ,they should sort it out !!
a good dentist would reckonise their mistake and put it right rather than dismiss you and pretend there isnt nothing wrong
we may not be dentists ,even though by now amount of years ive had trouble and how many dentist i been too i feel i know more than the dentist !!

so persavere if theyre dont seem to be anythign wrong with your teeth if they look ok !!
then go to dentist even if it means going to many until you get a dentist who knows his job and will take the time to investigate what is going wrong

some dentist you might get blocked on some
as they are frightened what they say you might take the dentist to court for what they done wrong !!
which i suppose some would sue !!

but trust me dont go there !! just get a dentist to help you and sort you out thats worth more than trying to sue a dentist ,which you might not win anyway unless you got plenty money to go to the end !!

i rather be told the truth whatever the outcome is and someone to sort me out which i have found at last
and no matter how much money i just want to be a normal person like i used to be

out of pain !!!

sorry if i went on ,i just know what your going through and hate to see you have all your teeth pulled for no reason
good luck

Old 05-24-2009, 02:31 PM   #5
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Re: "phantom" toothaches??

I've read that you can get phantom pain from teeth that have been extracted for a little while, plus it could well be neuralgia, there are lots of nerves around there and when something gets set off they can get a bit carried away - or so I was told while trying to find out why I'd been in constant pain for a couple of months. I'm on amitryptiline for that, but still taking paracetamol and ibuprofen as well...

It would be good to know why you needed the teeth extracted, and what your other problems have been over the years. I've had all sorts of problems with mine over many years, big fillings, cracked and broken teeth, root canal treatment, crowns, one tooth taken out years ago, then recently an abscess and more root canal treatment on one and then the horrendous, chronic pain, sudden signs of gum disease and none of my teeth fit together properly anymore - I eventually got to see a periodontist who instantly said I clench my jaw and grind my teeth, and that's probably responsible for an awful lot of the trouble. No instant cure though, on Thursday I got a night guard and 2 teeth out, there's another wisdom tooth to come out, more root planing and everything seems to fit together even worse than it did, if that's possible.

From what the periodontist said, general dentists tend to treat whatever symptom arises instead of looking for what's causing it - pain in a tooth, do root canal treatment and crown it. More pain, take it out. But unless a crown fits in exactly the way the tooth did, that in itself can cause trouble, as can the trauma of having anything done at all. And of course there might be some other reason the tooth was hurting in the first place, or it could even be pain coming from somewhere else that just seemed like it was in that tooth.

Old 05-27-2009, 07:19 PM   #6
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Re: "phantom" toothaches??

I just had a failed root canal ( nightmare on elm) and had a toothache for 5 weeks....I felt like I was going to have a breakdown. I kept having tooth pain where there is no tooth but a bridge is there. The nerve from the upper tooth where I had the failed root canal was coming all the way around my back jaw and making my lower teeth hurt so bad including a tooth that was not there. The Dentist told me it was the nerve. After I got this tooth out actually 2 teeth out the pain stopped about 5 days took a while for those nerves to settle down. Now at 13 days later I just LOVE not having a toothache.

I also had a ton of teeth problems and it sooooo SUCKS. I have always taken care of my teeth and gone to the dentist all my life.... now they are falling apart...... bummer and expensive. Good Luck, Oleander

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