Now and then, we in the dental field see patients who suffer from toothaches that don’t seem to be caused by a tooth. If you have pain that feels like it’s coming from a tooth, but your dentist won't treat your toothache, it can be a very frustrating situation for you and for your dentist. (Note, you may also be seeing a dental professional such as a periodontist or an … [Read more...] about What To Do If A Dentist Won’t Treat Your Toothache
As an orofacial pain specialist, I treat patients who suffer from facial pain and the pain symptoms associated with Temporomandibular Disorders (commonly referred to as TMJ), I think about pain, a lot. A great deal of new scientific knowledge has been gained in my field in the past several years. Being familiar with this knowledge is an essential part of how I make difficult … [Read more...] about Pain And The Brain – They’re Inseparable
One of the most common questions about dentistry that people ask on Google is this: “Why are my teeth so sensitive?”. Unfortunately, there’s no simple answer to this question. There could be any number of reasons why your teeth are sensitive, some of which may surprise you. In the following article, I list 8 reasons your teeth are sensitive and a brief explanation of each. … [Read more...] about 8 Surprising Reasons Your Teeth Are Sensitive
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?
Though it seems strange, a toothache can be caused by arthritis. This was what happened to one of my patients this past year. It all started when John began to experience acute pain in an upper right molar. His dentist could not find a reason for the pain, since upon evaluation there was no decay or other problem apparent. So John was sent home with instructions to use Advil or … [Read more...] about A Toothache Can Be Caused By Arthritis