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Can not find reason for tooth pain

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Cosmonaut

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Hello, maybe someone can help who has been through the same and has found a solution.

My problem started roughly 4 years ago, I started feeling pain in one of my upper right molars. I saw my regular dentist who said it could just be sensitive and told me to use a toothpaste like sensodyne, so I did and the pain seemed to go. Every now and then the pain would return but would eventually stop. I went back and my dentist had retired so I saw a temporary dentist they had, she said the same about it just being sensitive, by this point I wasn’t convinced at all.

The pain continued and stopped going away, pretty much constant background pain which sometimes gets worse. I went back to the dentist and they had a new permanent dentist now, he straight away suggested my sinuses and I realised I do sometimes have mild sinus issues. I got antibiotics from my go twice and nothing improved. The dentist did all the tests...heat, cold, biting checking for cracked teeth. None of the tests really irritated my tooth and multiple X-rays showed nothing wrong, so he replaced the filling but I think he only replaced the top layer of the filling and put some pain relief dressing inside.

The pain was still there so he booked me in for RCT, I was sat in the chair ready and I just said I thought I should mention that an upper left molar has started hurting sometimes, too, but much milder and not constantly like the right molar. He said he was sure it was my sinuses then and referred me to hospital. I went to dental clinic at the hospital, the consultant said I will go for a CT scan on my sinuses, if the scan shows anything wrong with my sinuses I would be sent to ENT for my next appointment, and if it doesn’t show anything wrong with my sinuses I will be sent for an MRI scan. So, I had the CT scan and didn’t hear anything so I called the dental secretaries and they told me I had an upcoming appointment at the end of October to see the hospital dentist again....which wasn’t one of the options they told me would happen after the CT. So maybe the CT scan showed something wrong with my tooth?

Anyway, the CT was in July, and I have another 2 months wait until I can see the hospital dentist again, so I called my normal dentist today as the pain has been bothering me, I’m going to see him in a week, I’m going to ask if it’s worth trying RCT since I’m not being referred to ENT so it surely can’t be my sinuses.

The pain is in the background mostly and 90% of the time in the same upper right molar, sometimes I feel pain in an upper left molar and sometimes in my lower right premolars. I do grind my teeth at night and I’ve found myself clenching my teeth whilst awake. I’ve mentioned this to every dentist but none of them seemed to think it could be the cause.

I’m really sorry for the essay I’ve written here, I just hope somebody has found a solution to the same problem. If I knew removing the tooth would solve the problem I would just have it out. It’s the not knowing where the pain is coming from that is getting me down, I feel like I can’t relax at all as my tooth is always hurting.

Thanks.
 
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Rudyrocks

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Bizarre. I have just gone to the dentist today with a pain in my upper left molars. She did an xray and showed me a shadow and told me that I had sinusitis and that I needed to see an ear, nose and throat specialist. Odd as I have never had any problems of that nature, but she insisted that it wasn't my teeth...I will make an appointment with a specialist to see what she is talking about (I have never noticed anything). If you find out anything in the meantime, keep me posted!
 
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Cosmonaut

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I will do, hopefully for you it is your sinuses and they can sort it. Nothing showed on any of my X-rays to suggest it is my sinuses, just my symptoms and lack of damage to my teeth leads everyone to believe it is.
 
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Cosmonaut

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How would you describe the pain you’re experiencing? Mine is just a constant dull ache, sometimes almost like a burning sensation.
 
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Animalhouse

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I feel your pain, literally. I had extensive dental work done about 3 months ago in the form of numerous fillings, having fillings redone, RCT, crowns, etc. I've had ongoing pain ever since but had none when I first started. I have been back to the dentist more times than I can count and had many tests and xrays done as well. My pain is mostly when I am eating though. My dentist seems to think that clenching/grinding may be my problem as well since most of my teeth that hurt are the top and bottom in the same spot. He recommended an over the counter night guard which didn't work out for me, it was much too thick and caused me a lot of jaw pain. This week when I went to get my permanent crown placed, he actually decided to make a custom one on the house for me since I have already spent a small fortune there. I know, I am very lucky. I don't have it yet so I can't confirm at this time that it will resolve my problem. I do clench my teeth during the day as well. I also have muscle spasms all over my body and in my mouth, it results in me inadvertently snapping my mouth shut suddenly and banging my teeth together. I'd recommend finding some jaw exercises online to help sooth the muscles there to see if it will eliminate some of your clenching. A night guard might also be in order. I also find that it is helpful to sleep with an extra pillow. I sleep on my side and hug another pillow that i have resting under my chin. It seems to prevent my jaw from moving around in my sleep if that makes sense.
 
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Rudyrocks

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A dull ache - not constant but I would swear it's my teeth. However - when they touch my teeth, do the xrays and look at my teeth - nothing and I don't feel any pain then. I was convinced I had an infection that spread to my jaw, but she assured me this was not the case... Get a second opinion if you are really worried, but otherwise, I am assuming this is not my teeth and will go and see an ENT specialist and back to the dentist next year for my annual!
 
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Cosmonaut

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Animalhouse - I will look into some exercises and try the pillow when sleeping, cheers. Could your dental work have changed your bite and that is what is causing the ache? I’ve tried keeping my tongue between my teeth when I can remember to do so, to stop me clenching. I’ve also tried an over the counter guard but because I have a tooth behind my teeth it was no good, they moulding tray just hit the odd tooth.

Rudyrocks - It would be my 5th opinion if I saw another dentist lol my sister is actually a dental nurse and she spoke to her boss about it, he said to bring me in and he will do root canals on any teeth that are hurting....he said that without ever even meeting me so I don’t think I’ll take him up on that offer. My dentist is actually really good (I think), and the consultant at the hospital said he has done an excellent job, I have read of x rays showing nothing but teeth needing RCT, I have a feeling that is my case and the other teeth are hurting either from referred pain or from me clenching due to the upper right molar hurting.
 
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Animalhouse

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I've had my bite checked several times and it has been adjusted a couple of times. The bite itself seems to be okay now for the most part. I'm still adjusting to my new crown. Time will tell I suppose.
 
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