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Dentist can't tell which tooth hurts, please help!

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Posted by: tobetoothless  (10 years ago)
Hello there!

I have been having terrible pain in my mouth on the upper right side for several weeks now. I visited my regular dentist. He did x-rays, teeth tapping and other tests but he could not diagnose which tooth is giving me the problem. I went to an endodontist but he also could not tell where the problem is coming from. I was told to wear mouth guard because I am possibly grinding my teeth at night.

The mouth guard did not help. The pain gets worse each day. I feel like my gums at the back part of my mouth were swollen. What else could be done? Please help me with any suggestions. The dentists cannot see anything wrong but I am in pain.:-((
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Posted by: ghnane  (10 years ago)
Hello,
Since both specialists could not identify any signs of possible tooth infection or caries it is impossible to tell which tooth is giving you trouble unless they are get drilled.
I think the pain may also be caused by muscle problems that often refer pain to the teeth. It may also be sensitizations of nervous tissue around the area.
Try to locate a oro-facial pain specialist in your area and have them take a look. If you do indeed brux or clench your teeth during sleep it may also be the cause of generalized pain.
How long did you wear the night-guard? Night-guards do not treat the problem they only prevents damage to your teeth.
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Posted by: tobetoothless  (10 years ago)
Dear Ghnane,

I only wore the night guard for about two weeks. Since it didn’t seem to be helping, I stopped wearing it. I am still in pain and I have been taking painkillers everyday. Thank you for the suggestion. I will try my luck with the oro-facial pain specialist.
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