I’m so frustrated. Yesterday was the second time I went to an emergency dental appointment with absolutely zero results. I’m down several hundred dollars and still in pain. It’s always one of my upper right teeth that hurts. But when I see an emergency dentist, they take x-rays and tell me nothing is wrong. This has happened at two different emergency dentists. What do I do?
Tooth pain is very distracting. I’m sorry you’ve been dealing with it. If two different emergency dentists have looked at it and found no signs of decay or infection, that means there almost certainly isn’t.
That doesn’t mean the pain is in your head and nothing is wrong. I can think of two possibilities.
Sinus Problems Can Mimic Tooth Pain
The roots of your upper teeth can be quite close to your sinuses. For some patients, they are closer than others. If you’ve been struggling with a sinus problem, you could be feeling referred pain.
One easy way to check that is with a nasal spray like Flonase. If you use it for a day or two and the area feels better, it is your sinuses. One bottle of nasal spray is a lot less money than an unplanned dental appointment.
You may be grinding or clenching your teeth without even realizing it. Most people do it at night while they are sleeping so they never know it is happening. That can cause pain in the roots of your teeth as well. Without protection, your teeth can even end up coming loose or cracking.
This also has a very simple solution. Your dentist can make a custom fitted night guard. It’s like a sports mouth guard, but much more comfortable. it takes the pressure off your teeth and protects them from the grinding motion.
If you are grinding your teeth and you get regular checkups, your dentist should have warned you that you showed signs of grinding your teeth.
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