For most patients who experience a toothache, a visit to the dentist usually leads to a clear-cut direction of care and a predictable resolution of pain. The answer may be a simple repair, placement of a restoration, or may require root canal therapy (if the pulp is compromised by inflammation or infection). Pain relief with root canal therapy is often achieved after the first … [Read more...] about Lingering Toothache, What’s The Next Step?
Last week a new patient came in for a consultation. She had been having pain in her jaw for quite awhile, but had ignored it. Like many of my new patients, what made her suddenly take it seriously was the terribly frightening experience of waking up with a locked jaw. Eventually her jaw loosened up enough for her to call her dentist and be referred to me. Understandably, she … [Read more...] about Case Study: High-Powered Executive Wakes Up With A Locked Jaw
I recently treated a 35 year old woman who was referred to my practice because she had a persistent toothache that continued though she already had a new filling placed, had her bite adjusted, and was constantly taking Advil and Tylenol. Based on how she described her tooth pain symptoms (variable in terms of the severity, frequency, and not related to eating or hot or cold … [Read more...] about When a Painful Toothache Won’t Go Away