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Posted by: stages1  (9 years ago)

Dear Doctor,

About two months ago one of my upper back teeth started aching. It was a mild to moderate pain. However, after a few weeks, the pain became worse. I went to the dentist to have it looked at. After some x-rays and examinations, he could not find anything wrong with the tooth. He said it could only be a bruised nerve from biting down too hard on the tooth. He advised me to give the tooth some time to recover.

Well, it’s been a month but I still feel pain in the tooth. It also hurts to biting down. Has anyone had similar experience? If the pain is indeed caused by a bruised nerve, how long does it take to heal? Thanks so much for your advice.
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Posted by: Novocaine  (9 years ago)

Dear Doctor,

About two months ago one of my upper back teeth started aching. It was a mild to moderate pain. However, after a few weeks, the pain became worse. I went to the dentist to have it looked at. After some x-rays and examinations, he could not find anything wrong with the tooth. He said it could only be a bruised nerve from biting down too hard on the tooth. He advised me to give the tooth some time to recover.

Well, it’s been a month but I still feel pain in the tooth. It also hurts to biting down. Has anyone had similar experience? If the pain is indeed caused by a bruised nerve, how long does it take to heal? Thanks so much for your advice.


This is going to be difficult but since the x-rays do not indicate anything, I'm guessing this is probably a fractured/cracked tooth/root. I'm assuming you didn't have any previous dental work done on this tooth and your dentist ruled out the possibilities of a decay or abscess.

Anyway, try biting on a Q-tip with the affected tooth at different spots and see if you can provoke a similar response. Keep us updated!
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Posted by: stages1  (9 years ago)
Yes, there was no any dental work done on this tooth. The dentist did not see anything on the x-ray and he said the tooth is fine. So, a fracture or crack does not show on x-ray? How does a crack or fracture on a tooth be diagnosed?
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Posted by: Novocaine  (9 years ago)
Yes, there was no any dental work done on this tooth. The dentist did not see anything on the x-ray and he said the tooth is fine. So, a fracture or crack does not show on x-ray? How does a crack or fracture on a tooth be diagnosed?

Yes, in most cases, a fine crack on your tooth/root will not show up on an x-ray. Due to high bite forces in the back, molars are a common victim to this condition. For a DIY diagnosis, try biting on a Q-tip with the affected tooth at different spots and provoke a similar response. See if you can identify a specific spot and let your dentist know so that he can try additional tests to make sure.
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