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  • Throbbing tooth at night: I have had crowns replaced on most of my top teeth (3-4 years ago) and orthodontic work on my lower (two attempts, second one finished a year ago). The results are uncomfortable, the bite seems to fall on my front teeth most of the time, I would prefer the load to be on my back like it used to be. My upper left front tooth throbs with pain during the night (and a little during the day sometimes). It used to clash bite-wise when I pushed my jaw forward with, and without, a retainer or NTi device (which it felt like doing as the bite is not comfortable) but now the tooth and the retainer have been adjusted the clash is only at extreme jaw forward position, but it still throbs significantly, mainly at night. It makes me want to tear the crown off and wakes me up. I don't know whether it is the crown position or the cement or if I should have further orthodontic work or just wait for the tooth to fail and have an implant! I am very sensitive to the position of my teeth (I had to have the bonded retainer removed as I coudn't stand the feeling of it). I have a tendency to clench my teeth sometimes. My teeth still move around a lot. ...Visitor from England     (answer)

  • Pain high where gum meets cheek: A year ago I had upper tooth #15 extracted after abscess on gum line (tooth had previous root canal). I went for bridge recently to fill in where tooth was extracted and when anesthetic was swabbed high on gum line and recovery from injection of anesthetic there was pain on gum and high inside of cheek line. This is area of tooth above tooth #16. It feels like nerve pain possibly, but doesn't hurt unless that area is touched. In fact, I didn't feel anything until anesthetic given to prepare for bridge. Please help. Thank you. ...Visitor from Florida     (answer)

  • Pain in gums: I have a sharp shooting pain in my lower gums when I jump or walk with force. But when I eat or drink there seems to be no problem. I have been suffering from flu for the past two weeks and also have a migraine. What could be the possible reasons for such pain? I don't see any visible swelling and my teeth are not sensitive either. What should I do? ...Visitor from India     (answer)

  • Gum pain: I have pain in my gum but had my teeth pulled about 20 years ago. I do not wear a partial, I have a full upper denture. This pain has been going on about two weeks now nothing will make it go away. What is this pain from? ...Visitor from Jackson     (answer)

  • Pain in gums over root canal crowns: 5 years ago I had a root canal on tooth #14 which is above an implant. The 2 teeth next to it are also root canal/crowns. About 7 months ago, i began to feel pain in the gums above the crowns, mostly over tooth #14. It felt like I had a canker sore between my cheek and gums. It never hurt, though, during the day; only at night. X-rays showed no sign of infection, etc. After about 10 days, the pain went away. A week ago, it recurred. The pain actually woke me up a couple of times during the night and I had to take advil which helped. I do grind under stress. Dentist checked my bite; way off! He filed a crown and every day pain was less and less but tender to the touch. It's not completely gone. What's going on? ...Visitor from North Andover     (answer)

  • Jaw, gum and ear pain: 3 months ago I had a tooth removed at lower back of my mouth. For 2 and half months things were great no pain at all. Then the spot where I had the tooth extracted started hurting like the bad tooth was still there. The pain seems to spread through the whole right side of my jaw and even causes my ear to hurt. This has been going on for 2 months now. I have been to the doctor; they gave me strong antibiotics thinking it might be an infection. After taking all the medicine the pain has not gotten better. Any suggestion of what is causing this pain? ...Visitor from Monroe     (answer)

  • I had my last 8 teeth pulled last a few days ago by an oral surgeon. All 8 front bottom teeth. There appears to be bone material sticking up and can be seen. There is so much pain, throbbing and burning. Help! ...Visitor from Lexington     (answer)

  • Tooth and Gum pain after Apicoectomy: I had a root canal and apicoectomy due to continued pain in a crowned tooth. It's been almost 2 years and I still have pain in that tooth and gum. Occasionally, it feels as if pepper is in the gum and it burns. My dentist and endodontist can't figure this out. ...Visitor from Plymouth     (answer)

  • Healthy tooth hurts: Recently I have experienced a tooth pain on one of my lower teeth (left side, number four). There is some gum recession at that place but the tooth is not sensitive on hot or cold. The pain comes and goes with no specific factor. My dentist did a detailed exam including x-ray and found nothing wrong. I tried to tab a little bit of Sensodyne on affected place and it immediately brings pain in my tooth. Same happens with Ambesol. I was not able to find any other factors that caused pain. I simply don't know what to do. ...Visitor from Ames     (answer)

  • Why do I have severe gum pain where no teeth are present? ...Visitor from Mississippi     (answer)

  • Pain in opposing teeth while waiting for implants: I had my last 2 molars on the bottom left side of my mouth extracted 8 months ago and will be getting my final implants in another month. In the meantime, the top two opposing teeth have moved down in the sockets a little bit and when I press up on them with my fingers it causes pain. I am worried that once the final implant teeth are installed it will be painful for me to eat on that side. Will the pain eventually subside once the top teeth get used to having pressure from the bottom teeth again? ...Visitor from CA     (answer)

  • I have had my bottom teeth pulled for about 2 years but I am still haveing bad pain in my gums. It feels like a nail pushing up out of my gum and the pain is terrible. Any suggestions? ...Visitor from NY     (answer)

  • Pain and swelling: I recently had a root canal done on my right 2nd molar. It was previously crowned. I have been telling dentists for probably 6 years that there was something wrong with the tooth, they could find nothing in tests. Finally the pain was more consistant and my dentist decided to do a root canal. He definitely found infection. Since then I have swelling under the jaw and in my glands. I have more discomfort and burning than actual pain. I have been on two rounds of amoxicilin and 6 days of clindamycin. Swelling still exists. The dentist doesn't have a clue what could be wrong and told me to wait a month or two and see what happens! WHAT ???? What is your suggestion. Where do I go from here? ...Visitor from NY     (answer)

  • My father, 84 years old is suffering from severe gum pain. all his teeth are false. He's been x-rayed, and the local dentists say it's caused by the nerves. He's taking tegretol (carbamazepine, cabramazepine?), flanax and neurobion (vitamin b complex). Somehow, the pain is relieved but when it attacks it is too severe. His entire body tightens in trying to bear the pain. Sometimes he covers his face to hide his tears. Is there any cure for this? What is the best medication to relieve the pain without the side effects of nausea and stomach ache? ...Eugene in the Phillipines     (answer)

  • I am in severe pain. I think it's in my gums. I had similar pain in December. I went to my general dentist. He could find nothing wrong. Even with 2 xrays. He gave me some tylenol 3 and said I should take my xrays to a specialist. Well, a few days the pain went away. Never filled the Rx and didn't go to specialist. I figured I must have been grinding my teeth in my sleep and pushed my post into my gums and made them sore. Well now the pain is back. I can barely stand it. It's on the bottom right and seems to be under my last 2 teeth. One of which is the root canal/post/crown. I need to make an appointment but I don't have a specialist. My question is who is the right Dr. to see? Cathy in FL     (answer)

  • I've been to three dentists for pain in my tooth (somewhere in and around the #20 tooth) and gum and none were able to find the problem. I've had this problem on and off for several months. This problem seems to be getting worse each time. Maybe you can refer me to a dentist who can help. ...CT in PA     (answer)

  • I have had a pain in the lower left side of my mouth for nine months now. It's not a sharp pain, but rather a low (under the teeth), aching type of pain. I have it 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. In other words, there's no specific time that I notice it more. I have seen four dentists total (2 regular, 2 Specialists). I have had two root canals (#19 and #20), surgery (tips of roots ground down on #20), have been on antibiotics three times, steroids once and countless pain pills. No one can determine what the problem is. The only relief I get is from topical solutions like Oragel, which totally confuses the dentists. Basically, I've been told that they can't find anything and if the topical products keep working, just stick with those! I've almost given up hope of ever being without this pain. ...Jeffrey in MI     (answer)

  • I have severe pain in the entire right side of my face-top teeth, bottom teeth, roof of my mouth. When I try something hot to eat or drink, the pain is excruciating. It seems to emanate from my top back teeth. I do have metal fillings in those teeth. Could this be a filling problem, a sinus problem or something more serious. I have heard that mouth pain can signal heart problems. ...Carol in Pennsylvania     (answer)

  • I have been to six dentists for the same problem. It started about 2 1/2 years ago. My lower right side of my mouth started becoming painful. The last 3 teeth. I didn't know if it was the teeth or the gums. Each time I saw a dentist they would do x-rays. They said that the crowns looked good and that they couldn't find the problem. One dentist suggested Prevident. That worked pretty good. I have been using it for 2 years now. Three months ago the pain got worse and my dentist decided that he should do a root canal on the tooth and the closest crown. It did not help. I am still in pain but if I place the Prevident on the area it helps. What do you think the problem is? Why does the Prevident help? Should I get another root canal on the last crowned tooth? HELP!!!! I have spent 2300.00 and have no relief. ...Donna in California     (answer)

  • Hi there. About 8 months ago I had a strange pressure in the lower-front portion of my gums. My lower 2 wisdom teeth were impacted and removed along with my other wisdom teeth six months ago. I waited for 2 months to see if the pressure would go away. It's not a really painful pressure but a REALLY REALLY annoying one that keeps getting worse. I asked my dentist and doctor and they told me to get a deep cleaning of my teeth. I did and it didn't help the pressure go away. 3 months ago the pressure from my lower gums and mouth started traveling up to the upper gums and even right behind my nose. I am getting really scared for I don't know when the pressure will DECREASED. I also find that when I press down on my teeth the pressure increases, and on my left hand between my thumb and index finger I get muscle spasms a lot now. The pressure is starting to turn into pain on my other parts of my body. Please tell me what I can do! This is a nightmare because my dentist and doctor are clueless. Visitor from CA     (answer)

  • I recently went to the dentist for a crown. In preparing the tooth for a temporary, I received 6 injections at various points on the left side of my mouth for the purpose of numbing. For the past two weeks, I have been in a great deal of pain (primarily in my jaw and gum - left side). How do I relieve this pain (I have taken motrin 200 mg every 4 hours)? Do you think I am allergic to novacaine? What should I do? I am afraid of having future dental work done at this point. Visitor from MI     (answer)

  • Two days ago I woke up with a strange feeling on the left side of my face. I don't want to call pain, just a sensation or tightness or discomfort. I can't quite tell where the feeling is coming from since it keeps moving. Sometimes it seems to come the upper back part of my jaw and mouth, sometimes from the gum near the last tooth in the back of my mouth. Sometimes it seems to not even come from my mouth but rather from the gland below my my chin where my face and neck meet. The feeling is very vague so I have been waiting for it to get worse before I see someone. At this point I don't know if I should see a dentist or a doctor. It seems like it might be even be flu related aches or swollen lymph nodes. Please advise. Visitor from CA     (answer)

  • I have good teeth...have been cavity free for years except my gums are shrinking and so several are filled in to cover the roots. I have a recurrent pain in my upper left gum area since mid spring of this year and sometimes in my lower left only not as severe. My dentist said they look ok and x-rays were negative. Would like to know what suggestions you might have for home remedy or treatment of pain. ...Visitor from MN     (answer)

  • I just had a temporary crown put on a broken tooth and am waiting to get in for a root canal appointment. My tooth and gum hurt very bad when touched and whenever my lower jaw touches my upper jaw on that side of my face I have intense pain. I also have a large bump on the gum just below the crown #18. The dentist is giving me another script of keflex and vicoprofen or something but it does not help all that much. Should I see a different dentist? ...Visitor from TN     (answer)

  • I went to the dentist this morning and had a tempory filling put in my front big tooth but then an hour later I had some crisps and it came back out again and it is hurting me really bad. I can't even speak because the pain is so unbearable and the dentist is shut today and tommorow. What do you suggest will make the pain go away. I have tried painkillers but it doesn't work. Please help. Visitor from Consett, England, UK     (answer)

  • I had root canal work performed on two top back molars over 1 year ago. I never had the crowns put on due to being too busy and the cost even with insurance. I have been picking the cavity of the root canal with one of those floss at one end plastic toothpick on the other end type devices. I just started doing this about 2 weeks ago as I noticed food was entering the cavity and I really don't remember it doing this before. I am not sure if I had a temporary covering or not..I just basically don't remember and the specialist was in another city 5 hours from where I am now and I don't even remember his name. Yesterday I noticed a lump on the outside area of the gum that is directly in front of the what is left of my molar which had the root canal performed on it. It does not hurt me unless I apply pressure to it with my finger. It is kind of soft and I can feel that it is hotter there then the rest of my mouth when I put my tongue to it. It has gotten a bit bigger and it protrudes over the "tooth". I rinsed with peroxide and brushed the area well but I am begining to realize that this situation is more then one I can remedy. I am afraid of being poisoned if it should burst. Can it? I have just been at a new job for 4 days and I don't know how to tell a new employer I think I have a gum infection and need to see a dentist. I don't know if this would call for surgery or something and I have no insurance until Dec. 23rd of this year. I would love to put it off until then as there is no pain but..that is not to say something can occur from this like face swelling or blood poisoning or worse...is this possible? Please help me as I am afraid of what could happen ....is this an abcess? ...Visitor from TN     (answer)

  • My bottom gums hurt only after running. After other excercise they are okay, but when I'm through running they throb for about a half hour then they are okay again. Is this something I should be concerned about? ...Visitor from NY     (answer)

  • About four or five weeks ago I had a filling (cavity) replaced with cerac. About a week or two after the filling had been replaced I started experiencing ear, neck, and jaw pain which then turned into severe localized tooth pain. I also have a lump on my gum. I was told by my dentist that I had an abcess, he put me on antibiotics and have since had a root canal done. My question is... I have been on antibiotics for a week, had the root canal done four days ago, and am still experiencing severe pain and the lump on my gum has not gone away. I am very tired and sluggish and feel that I am not getting any answers. What should be done next? ...Visitor from NH     (answer)

  • Five days ago, all of a sudden, all my teeth on the left side of my mouth, upper and lower, front and back, especially the five with crowns, began to ache mightily. None of the crowns are recent. The pain is generalized and feels like multiple toothaches. Aspirin helps, but the pain is still there. Any ideas about the cause and/or treatment? ...Visitor from CO     (answer)

  • I have a lot of pain in my gum area directly under my right nostril. I have a crown on that tooth and had a root canal on that tooth over 10 years ago. I can feel the swelling and it is extremely sensitive when touched. What can this be and what can I do for relief? ... Visitor from PA A     (answer)

  • About a week ago I started having pain in my gums on the bottome left side of my mouth. The pain is now in my jaw and even upper gums - also my cheek bone sometimes aches. It is enough that it is keeping me up at night. It is definately worse after I eat. I recently (within a few weeks) had a dental check-up and everything looked great! A few days after the pain started I also got sick (with a terrible cold, sore throat and swollen glands). Could this be sinus trouble? I'm not sure which kind of doctor to call first. Visitor from TX     (answer)

  • I have been having severe pain in my gums for about a week now. It is only on my lower gums and mainly behind my last teeth. Every time I touch them or try to eat it's too painful. They seem to be a little red and swollen. What might this be? ...Visitor from SC     (answer)

  • I had a root extracted by specialist. The post was put in by my regular dentist 1 month later. Three days after the tooth was completed I was feeling pain. It felt like a heart beat in the tooth that had the root canal. Two days after that I was back at the endos office and he put me on an antibiotic and a pain killer as the pain seems to be traveling under all my teeth on the left back where the new root canal is. I have been on the medication for 1 week now with no change. The pain under the teeth goes from bad to worse and there were a few times when the pain quieted down to practically nothing. What do think might be the problem or problems might be? ...Visitor from NJ     (answer)

  • First let me explain my whole situation. I got a root canal on one of my front bottom teeth 3 years ago. They never put a crown on so it has chipped over the last couple years. Obviously the infection spread to my four front bottom teeth. They told me I needed two canals. So first they drilled a hole in each tooth and sent me home with a temporary filling. It fell out and I got an infection. I came back and they gave me some Penicillin. It still hurt severely a couple days later so I came in for my root canal early. Now the pain is a little better but now my lip is really swollen and there is an infection on my gums next to my tooth. It looks like it might be filled with pus. Is this something that I need to go in for or will rinsing with salt water help. ...Visitor from CA     (answer)

  • In February, I went to the dentist and had a double crown (#13,14)and an inlay(#12) put on 3 teeth next to each other, upper left. I have been in pain ever since. I now (April) have had root canal on all 3 teeth - 2 teeth 4 weeks ago and the other 2 weeks ago. I am still in pain. The pain in the jaw to the ear is gone. The gums between the double crown is where the pain starts. This is the original spot where all the pain started right after the crowns and before all the root canals. The pain is sporadic (dull) and the gums fell like they are on fire although there is no redness when you look and lasts 5 to 8 hours every day. I can't sleep most nights because of the pain. The endodontist can't figure out what's wrong. Can it be a bad crown? Hopefully, you can help and send me in the right direction. I teach and haven't been able to go to work. ...Visitor from NJ     (answer)

  • I went to the dentist a few months ago to get a cavity filled and they had to numb me with a shot. The initial shot hurt more than a normal shot and then after the shot wore off it hurt really bad. A few days passed and it turned into an ache in the gums of all my teeth, a throbbing under the teeth, and they have become more sensitive than they were. I've read that some anesthetics have adverse reactions and I wondered if this will be a permanent condition or if there is something to be done about it. ...Visitor from CA     (answer)

  • About 4 months ago I started feeling a pain in my upper gums on the right side of my mouth. So I went to see an oral surgeon. He told me that the pain was caused by wisdom teeth which hadn't been removed. So in November I got all 4 removed. About a month after I felt the pain again so I went back to the oral surgeon. He didn't see anything wrong with my gums. It's now February and I'm still feeling the same pain. I feel a throbbing sensation in either my upper or lower gum/jaw on the right side. What do you think the problem could be? Also, which kind of dentist should I make an appointment with? ...Visitor from FL     (answer)

  • I am a 68 year old male. For the past three or four weeks I have experienced pain on the lower left side of my mouth. At first it seemed that I was experiencing a sensitive sensation when I drank cold drinks. For the past few days I am experiencing much more pain, however it is when I have hot drinks or eat hot food. Orginally it seemed to be the second molar from the back---now it is my entire left lower side of teeth and even seems to becoming sensitive on the upper left side. My dentist X-rayed the lower part last week, however it did not reveal any obvious problems. ...Visitor from UT     (answer)

  • I had a root canal last year in July. I still had pain so the dentist advised me to have a apicoectomy which I had done in the following November - apicoectomy/periadicular anterior #6 and retrograde per root. I still had severe pain and the oral surgeon extracted the tooth in December. I am still having pain in my gums, and it goes up into my sinuses. I did go back to the oral surgeon after several weeks and he can't understand why I was still having pain. At present the whole side of my face is painful. Should I go to an ENT physcian or back to the oral surgeon? ...Visitor from NY     (answer)

  • About a year 1/2 ago, my top teeth were extracted, and soon after my 3 back bottom teeth on each side. The dentist that did this lied to me - whereby I had seven healthy front top teeth at the time, and before he pulled them I asked him if there was any way at all we could save them, even with a top partial, he told me no that top partials were not an option because they didn't stay in. I feel badly because I trusted him. Two months after my teeth were taken out, I found out that saving teeth is the preference and top partials are an option! I have been in constant pain since and progressively getting worse, primarily on my top. I kept going back to the dentist that pulled them and he kept saying I shouldn't be in pain. He then sent me to an acupunturist who didn't help. Needless to say, since then I have seen a periodontist, a general dentist, an ENT, 2 Allergists, and a neurologist. No one can find anything wrong. I am frustrated because it is too painful to wear my top plate, I cannot eat and sleeping is difficult. Right now the front of my gums swell and the point where the piece of skin that attaches to the gums on the top front is very sensitive/sore and the pain goes from there back to the roof of my mouth and the middle of the roof of my mouth swells as well. Even if I gently press my tongue on the front of the roof of my mouth, I get a pain shooting up my face. I have been referred to "another" dentist to be evaluated for TMD. The periodontist I saw said he can't find anything wrong and the general dentist he referred me to, just shook his head and said I shouldn't be feeling any pain there. I was so messed up over Christmas that I was in the ER 3 times. They concluded my neck was spasming causing my left arm numbness and headaches. The neurologist gave me a muscle relaxer which has relaxed the spasms in my neck and on the left side of my face, but I still have a lot of pain in my mouth, too much to wear my top plate and it's getting difficult to eat even soft foods with my gums -in the last six weeks I've lost 15 lbs and still loosing. I am soo tired of being patranized and being told I shouldn't be in pain. I am 36, well educated, in otherwise excellent health, and at the end of my rope. I'm not sure where to turn. ...Visitor from MT     (answer)

  • I am experiencing a pain that is not like a toothache. It occurs and lingers for about 5 mins or so...but it is excruciating when it happens. I went to the dentist yesterday and Xrays show no sign of decays or a nerve that has been affected in any way. The dentist isn't sure if this is something that is still in developmental stages. All I know is it hurts and taking an anti-flammatory doesn't seem to help. It subsides and comes back either when I drink something that isn't warm or when I eat something as simple as an orange. What is causing this. It almost feels like something cold is resting on my teeth. ...Visitor from PA     (answer)

  • I've had this sharp pain in the in my gum (top) on left about 6 tooth back in the crack area where the floss goes in to clean between the two teeth for over 4 years. I've been to two dentists, one said he didn't know, and could not find anything. The other gave me a prescription for some expensive sinus clearing medicine. Didn't work. I can't even think about cleaning with floss and if I accidentally bite down too hard, it hurts bad. Whenever I do ease some floss between the teeth, and remove it I've been smelling it to see if it was deteriorating or something? But no foul scent. It hurts like hell, but I can't afford to keep jumping from chair to chair with wrong or no diagnosis. ...Visitor from South Dakota     (answer)

  • I have been having problems with my mouth for 1 year now. I have what you call a phantom toothache. I have had 4 teeth extracted because of this. It goes from one side of my mouth to the other. It is every day. Basically my question is how to tell the difference between TMJ pain and deep filled cavity pain? I don't know if I should have a root canal or extraction. I know it wouldn't help with TMJ. I am having pain on the one side where no teeth are high up inside my cheek on the gum. I had surgery where they lifted the gum and did two biopsies. They were normal. Could the surgeon not have got the right spot? ...Visitor from PA     (answer)

  • The only dental pain I have ever had is from my molars. At the begining of Febuary just one of my lower frot teeth started huting really bad. I took pain medicine but nothing happend. Then i noticed a bump on my gums next to a tooth that wasn't huting on the bottom . A week later all my front lower teeth were hurting. I saw a dentist and he couldn't find anything wrong. He said my teeth look healthy in the x-rays. He put me on antibiotics but it didn't help. A couple days later my lower gums swelled up really bad and were really red. Salt water and mouthwash weren't helping. My jaws and cheekbones would hurt while i slept. A couple weeks later after feeling a little better I had an appointment with a different dentist. He said my gums were just swollen and the bump on my gums will go away with salt water. He precribed me Chlorhexidine Gluconate oral rince. Now its been 2 weeks since i saw the last dentist. Ive been using the oral rince, brushing 3 times a day and flossing 2 times a day but nothing is helping. Now my top teeth are huting and top gums are swollen real bad. The bump on my gum is still there and doesn't hurt but I'm really worried about whats going on with my mouth. I'm only 22. Are dentures in my future if this doen't go away. Is there any advise on what i should do untill I go see the dentist in 6 months. Everyone thinks this pain is all in my head. ...Visitor from OH     (answer)

  • For several years I have had a feeling of swelling or pressure under and in my lower left teeth. I had root canals and finally extractions in teeth 20 and 19. I've finally figured out that what helps me most is to drink thru a straw and have all food and drinks lukewarm. I avoid sweets, acidic foods, salty foods, mouthwashes and most toothpastes because they intensify the pressure for hours. My mouths feels best when I get up in the morning before I eat or drink. Twice I've had an area down low behind 2 of the other teeth get very sore and tender to the touch but it disappears in a day or two. I cannot replace the missing teeth because any rubbing or touching of the gum intensifies the feelings of pressure. Nothing ever shows up on the X-rays and my dentist told me I don't have a dental problem that he can see. My ENT and a pain doctor have been treating it as a nerve problem with drugs as the only option. I would like more tests--what should I ask for ...Visitor from Alaska     (answer)

  • I have had toothaches for about a year or so, always on the top and half way back. One day one side will hurt, then the next day the other side will hurt. Sometimes I can go a couple of days with no pain. I have been to 2 dentists and found nothig wrong. I also went to an ENT - he did a complete catscan of my head to look at my sinuses. He then said that my sinuses all look good but gave me some nasalcort nosespray. After 2 weeks I went back and he acted suprised that the nosespray didn't work. He then said we could try to enlarge your sinus openings, but there is no promise of it working. Couldn't he see from my x-rays that my sinus openings needed opening or not? The toothache is usually accompied with a headach, but that is it. I don't have sinus pressure under my eyes or mucus draing in my mouth, or am I congested. I don't want to have the surgery if it is not going to work. ...Visitor from OH     (answer)

  • Lower gum pressure/pain: For the past several days, I have been suffering from a constant aching in my front lower gums, well under the teeth. It almost feels as though my teeth are moving, or are being pressured from impaction. I have had this feeling in the past when my wisdom teeth were coming in, and assumed then that the pain resulted from shifting of my lower teeth to accommodate the wisdom teeth. Now, however, my wisdom teeth are fully in (at least I believe they are--I'm 27 years old), and they do not create any serious problems for me. Could this pain be the result of wisdom teeth impaction, and if so, does it mean that my teeth will continue to shift unless I have the wisdom teeth extracted? I've also been experiencing fairly constant headaches (most likely tension headaches) for the past 3 weeks or so, and have already consulted my doctor about that. ...Visitor from CA     (answer)

  • Front teeth and gum pain I have been having front teeth and front gum pain for two years now. Have been to the dentist and also a Periodontist had work done. The pain sensitivity is still there. I have always been a mouth breather. Always have water with me. Tried lots of over the counter aids nothing works. Hate to talk it is an effort when this happens. Just the air hitting my front teeth is painful. I find myself sucking in my mouth - there is lot of tension in my mouth area. I am 44 yrs old. ...Visitor from CA     (answer)

  • Mouth Throbbing: I have had pain in my right front tooth for three months. I have had xrays and checkups but can not find any reason for the pain. Now I have throbbing in my entire mouth. Can stress cause you to have these feelings? I am a very nervous anxious person. ...Visitor from NY     (answer)

  • Lower Gum Pain: I have had pain in my lower gums for a year now. I had an x-ray done on my jaws and it shows nothing wrong. I don't have any cavity problems and my wisdom teeth have been pulled. I was taking meds for gum fungus.. but it didn't help. I grind my teeth and wore a mouth guard... but with no relief. A lot of times I found myself tensed up in the mouth, jaw and neck area. Can you help me to figure out how to cure the pain in my gum area? ...Visitor from IN     (answer)

  • Pain from a Filling: About 3 months ago I had a cavity filled. Upper left, 3rd from rear. It was sensitive to cold. All seemed well for a week after. Then severe pain, radiating up from the tooth into my upper jaw bone. I've been to the dentist every week since. It's been refilled, along with the tooth next to it and the bite has been adjusted almost every visit. My teeth are now sensitive in that area. I cannot chew without pain on my left side. Currently I am on 8 days of Penicillian and told I may need a root canal. It's been painful so long,I can't distinguish where it's all coming from now. I'm wondering if it's best to go to another dentist...what could this all be. Any suggestions or advice is greatly appreciated! ...Visitor from CT     (answer)

  • Gum Pain and Pus: My gums hurt alot. Sometimes, when I push on my gums that are swollen in some spots, pus comes out. What can I do to stop this? ...Visitor from PA     (answer)

  • Extractions don't stop bite pain: I keep getting teeth pulled, but when I do it just goes to another problem in my mouth. I just had two back bottom teeth pulled. I also did have a blood clot in the two I got pulled but now I'm in more pain than ever. My jaw kills me now it starts in mouth then I just feel it go up past ear. I even feel a knot above my ear when it does. I can't figure out what is wrong but the strangest part is that it starts around 6:00 pm every night and comes every 10 min. but not during day. I am tired of this and also running out of teeth for getting pulled thinking its all coming from them. Does anyone have any answers for me on this please. ...Visitor from TN     (answer)

  • Painful foul smelling Molar gum tissue: For about 10 months now I have had gum pain with a foul discharge taste. The gum around my top back molar has been swollen and painful to the point that I cannot chew on that side. I have been given 5 different antiobiotics over the past 9 months, Doxacycline, Keflex, Amoxicillin and something that began with a "C" for 2 refills and now on 2nd refill of Augmentin with no change. My dentist keeps trying new antiobiotics but how long can I continue on antiobiotics with no change? What should my next course of action be? I am very frustrated. ...Visitor from PA     (answer)

  • Hard Mass on Gumline: I have had so much trouble with my bottom right side of my mouth for over a year. I am in horrible amounts of pain, to the point where I don't even sleep. I've gone through everything, wisdom teeth extraction, scalings, xray after xray. even neurologists. However, if I run my tongue or my finger along the inside gumline I can feel where a very hard mass is. It's about 2/4 inch long. It's not soft at all, it's as hard as bone. It just throbs like crazy and no one is giving me any answers. Do you have ANY idea what this could be? I tried showing the mass to my endodonist who just kind of shrugged and ignored me. I am so lost and in so much pain. ...Visitor from PA     (answer)

  • Pain in Gums: I went to Costa Rica for 2 fillings. The dentist could not even out my bite (it took about 3 weeks to even out on its own). Since then I have had pain in my gums around these 2 filled teeth. It has been about 2 and a half months since the procedure. Could this lead to serious problems? I asked the dentist this question, but she would not give me an answer. ...Visitor from MD     (answer)

  • Teeth Pain: I had my teeth cleaned and about 1.5 months later all my teeth started hurting. I called a new Dentist and told him what was going on and he thought I was grinding my teeth, so he took off some old bonding off my front 4 teeth (was done for cosmetics reasons years ago) and put on 4 Veneers. He fitted me with a HARD night guard, but the aching pain did not go away. At the same time my cheeks on both sides feel swollen and it's defficult to swallow from time to time. I feel like I have had the flu (no fever). I have been to an ENT, Oral Surgeon, Neurologist and an Endodontists for all this. The Oral Surgeon sent me to a Physical Theapist and he said I do not have TMJ. He thinks I have a micro bacterial infection. ...Visitor from TX     (answer)

  • Sore Gums: My gums slough off when the dentist examines or cleans my teeth. After each cleaning I experience severe gum pain. Epsom salt seldom helps. The dentist suggested rinsing with milk of magnesium, which worked initially. Now, several months later, my gums have become extremely painful after eating crunchy salad. Nothing seems to relieve the pain which is below the removable bridge line. I need something to heal the gums. I am a senior with a thyroid condition. Last year I was checked by a peridontist who found nothing wrong. ...Visitor from NY     (answer)

  • Pain in Mouth: For the last week I have had pain on the right side of my mouth. The pain is on the top and bottom teeth. Sometimes it will radiate to my head. The pain will come very intense for a couple minutes and then go away. This happens all day long. The pain is very intense. I went to the dentist and he did x-rays and said there is no abcess or cavities causing problems. He said the only thing it could be is extra tissue covering my molar on the bottom. Could that be? How can that cause such pain? He said I have to have the extra tissue removed or have the top and bottom molars removed. Should I see a different dentist or does he have the right answer? ...Visitor from NY     (answer)

  • Mouth and teeth pain: My dentist gave me a shot in the back of my mouth, a pain block, to fill a cavity. The shot was the most extreme pain I have ever felt and I tried to get her to STOP injecting me but she kept on. Since that day, three weeks ago, I have had continuous pain moving from the left top teeth/gums, to the bottom teeth/gums and in the back area where the shot was given (different areas). I am on high doses of ibuprofen round the clock, and have been back to the dentist for an exam. After x-rays, she found nothing and decided it might be sinuses. But I don't have sinus problems and can't figure out why it would come on only after I had the shot and cavity filled. What should be my next move? ...Visitor from VA     (answer)

  • Mouth and jawbone pain: I have had terrible pain in my right back half of my mouth for 1 month now. So bad that it is waking me up at night. I have been given amoxacillin and that didn't take the pain away. I have had my wisdom tooth extracted and now I am taking Clindamycin. I have been taking this for 48 hours now and no relief yet. The skin all around the extracted tooth is red and irritated and the bone in the way back on the right hurts to touch. The bone where my wisdom tooth was hurts as well. I am beginning to loose hope and sanity. .... Visitor from CO     (answer)

  • Toothache and lower jaw pain: Three weeks ago my dentist preped my #2 tooth for a crown. The tooth was fractured, but had not been hurting me. It was discovered during a routine visit. Since that time I have had a toothache in tooth #2 and on the lower back teeth area on the same side of my mouth. The permanent crown was attached a week later, at which time the #2 had to be deadened, but I still had pain during the procedure. Last week, my dentist adjusted my bite, which he felt was the reason for the consistent pain. It hasn't helped as I am still having pain in both areas. He has prescribed Hydroco / Apap and I have also been taking Tylenol and Advil. It's worst at night. The crown is very sensitive to cold / hot. Am I too impatient? .... Visitor from OK     (answer)

  • Novacaine doesn't help: I have recently been having severe pain in my tooth that I had a filling done on 5 months ago. At first my tooth became sensitive to cold but now has a throbbing pain and is very sensitive to pressure. I went to the dentist and he said my gum is swollen but there is nothing that he can see with the x-rays. So he injected the area twice with novacaine. The throbbing pain was relieved but pressure upon the tooth still hurts. He and the nurse looked at me like I was crazy and kept trying to explain that I shouldn't feel a thing. Is there something wrong that I would need to worry about or am I stressing over nothing? .... Visitor from TX     (answer)

  • Anchored dentures stop gum pain? About 3 years ago I had an upper denture placed. It worked OK for awhile but started to hurt and the bite was off. I also have diabetes and very bad gum disease on my lower teeth. I have stopped going out with friends because of my "teeth". I will need to have the lower teeth pulled soon because the gums have receded. My question is, will dentures anchored in place still cause pain to the gum area. I would love to have all implants but it is not financially feasible. Any suggestions? .... Visitor from NY     (answer)

  • Intermittent Pain: My mom wears dentures and is fine during the day but sometimes at night her gums bother her. It is at different times and I can't find any rhyme or reason to it. Sometimes she goes for a week without pain and sometimes it's every night with pain. Help. Is she allergic to something she's eating or drinking that is causing this? They say (both doctor and dentist) that her gums look very healthy. .... Visitor from IL     (answer)

  • I had 3 crowns done on the lower left side almost 2 yrs ago. Since then I have had constant pain in the gums around those teeth. I have made several trips back to the dentist and have had the crowns adjusted several times and had x-rays done. Now the dentist is saying there is nothing wrong. The pain is a burning pain in the gums and in my tongue. Any ideas what could be causing this? It feels like if I could adjust the crowns that it would feel better if that makes sense or that they are not in my mouth correctly .... Visitor from TX     (answer)

  • When I was about 5 months pregnant with my daughter, I started having a pretty bad toothache in a lower right molar. I initially attributed this pain to a lack of calcium due to the pregnancy. 9 months later, the pain is so excruciating that I can't sleep at night. I spend most of the night screaming and crying, and normally, I have a very high pain tolerance. The problem is, the pain is now spread across my entire mouth. It seems like every tooth hurts (some more than others and it's constantly changing). My jaw has started locking up as well. The only thing that works is a heating pad and even that remedy is beginning to fail. I don't notice any strange bumps or severe swelling. Help! .... Visitor from NY     (answer)

  • I had a problem with my teeth several years ago...the gums did not cover the back of the tooth on top in the back on each side, and those two teeth began to rot. They were rebuilt using silver fillings. One is intact, half of one came out. The tooth does NOT hurt and does not bother me. However, my dentist insists that I need a root canal and refuses to fill OR pull the tooth. Now, my gums on the outside next to that tooth are beginning to hurt. Should I see a new dentist? Insist on having it filled? Insist on having it pulled? .... Visitor from MD     (answer)

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