- Sep 6, 2017
For the past two years I have had chronic dental pain on one half of my mouth/face. The teeth on that side have large old amalgam fillings, so my dentist has had me on a plan to crown them. I have had one crown (two more scheduled this summer) and four root canals to address the pain. All of the root canals took away cold pain and do not react to endo ice, but I still have chronic tooth pain. None of the teeth were infected, only inflamed. One of the teeth had a nerve that looked “pinched” according to the endodontist. No cracks or fractures have been found and I have had several CBCT scans and xrays. The teeth are pressure sensitive if tapped on the side and my gums feel like they are burning. The pain radiates to my ear and I have numbness and sensory issues on and off in my cheek on that side when the pain is high. Sometimes the pain reminds me of how it felt when I was little with a loose tooth, although my teeth are not loose. My bite is now off and I only hit on my back second molars. Eating is more difficult. Occasionally I taste blood, but can’t find a source of bleeding. The dentists say my gums look healthy. I wear a custom nightguard. I’m unsure whether I should get the crowns, get any more root canals or just start extracting. I have been to my dentist and endodontist a lot, but am not getting any relief, even with work done. Would an oral surgeon be the right dentist to diagnose what’s going on or should my regular dentist be enough? I feel like I’m going crazy at this point and while some days or hours I feel fine, most of the time the pain is chronic. I realize no one can diagnose me over the Internet - I am mainly wondering what type of dentist I should be seeing - if these issues seem like common ones that a second opinion from a family dentist could help me with or if a different specialist is needed. It’s getting expensive, so I’m wanting to make wise decisions. Thanks!