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Friday, August 1, 2014
Dental and Oral Health (Adults)
Ongoing Pain in Different Parts of Mouth
I continue to experience dental pain, which has been changing from one part of my mouth to another. I`ve had a number of root canals and crowns over the past year; but each time I think I`ve taken care of the problem, I experience pain in a different area, leading to another root canal and crown cycle. This is both expensive and increasingly frightening.
While my dentists are good, I still haven`t found reasons for this continuing pain, except possible bad luck or general aging. My dental hygiene and diet are both pretty good. My gums, on visits, seem to be okay -- no very deep pockets. I get regular (3-month) cleanings. I have no other significant health problems I`m aware of.
Might there be something systemic (or someting else) going on that I am missing? I`d be grateful for any thoughts you might have on possible causes, treatment,and especially prevention in this situation. Thanks very much for your guidance.
My first guess would be that you are grinding or clenching your teeth. A crown may help since it does change your occlusion which may change how things are affected when you are grinding. I would suggest trying an over-the-counter nightguard (Doctor's Nightguard is one brand) and see if you get any relief. If you do, your dentist should be able to make you a custom nightguard that would fit better and also would be less bulky.
Daniel Nathan Reed, DDS
Clinical Associate Professor of Primary Care Dentistry
College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University