I would rather not have a problem but I'm rather excited to finally have a question for one of our marvelous dentists. About a month ago I was eating roasted soy nuts and bit down to feel a twinge in my #30 molar. I didn't really notice any pain again until about a week later when I bit down while eating. The tooth is not painful to touch or brush and has no heat or cold sensitivity. It has no throbbing pain or anything other than an occasional twinge when I floss between those two teeth or bite down on anything harder than....let's say...pasta. I waited another week because of my anxiety and finally called to see the dentist. He was away so I didn't get in until this afternoon, two weeks later.
I had x-rays and an examination by the dentist and his assistant and they saw nothing wrong with the filling (large one) or the tooth. They both looked at the x-rays and my tooth for some time and said that they thought it may be a problem with a ligament and that it will soon go away. I was advised to continue to eat softer foods and/or avoid eating on that tooth and to call them if the pain doesn't go away or gets worse. My question is, how long is too long for a tooth to be sore upon biting? Have you ever encountered a situation where you can't find any problem whatsoever when the patient presents with pain?
It took a lot of courage for me to get there today and I almost feel a little let down that they see nothing wrong with the tooth or the dental work. On the other hand I was afraid I was going to need a crown or even worse, lose the tooth because of a fracture.
Thanks for your time and knowledge!!