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Can tooth pain be part of TMS?

Discussion in 'General Discussion Subforum' started by stevow7, Apr 3, 2022.

  1. stevow7

    stevow7 Well known member

    It comes and goes, but I have been having pain in a tooth. Dentist told me theres nothing there, but when I floss it hurts. I'm thinking of searching for another dentist because it really hurts especially when I eat.
  2. NCGal

    NCGal New Member

    I’ve had something similar and it wasn’t until an endo did a 3d scan did he find something. And I’m not suggesting you go to an endo at this juncture. Based on what mine found I had a tooth pulled and I’m getting an implant. The area is almost entirely healed and I still occasionally get pain. Even though I have no nerves there!

    Between my dentest, endo, and perio I could put a good down payment on a new home! A former dentist told me we have thousands of nerves in our face. And you’ve probably heard of referral pain - Pain emanating from one spot but you feel it in another.

    So this is my suggestion, and it is only my opinion but if I were in your shoes, unless the pain is excruciating I would drop it for now. If you have a bad root, abscess, or other problem it will rear it’s head in a more obvious and consistent way. Look hard enough and they will find something. I have no doubt my endo saw what he saw, but I don’t think it was the source of my pain.

    That’s my two cents. All that being said you may still be more comfortable getting a second opinion. Just don’t rush into some kind of treatment until you see proof that makes sense to you.
  3. BloodMoon

    BloodMoon Beloved Grand Eagle

    By all means get a second opinion, but my suggestion is perhaps to try going gentle on your teeth for a while with a really soft but good toothbrush and use some smooth floss that slides and glides really easily between your teeth. During the long lockdown due to covid when all the dentists were shut, I developed a painful area on one of my molars. I bought and used (and continue to use) these curaprox toothbrushes for sensitive teeth https://www.amazon.com/Curaprox-5460-Ultrasoft-Toothbrush-Pack/dp/B004W6PAJE/ref=sr_1_42?crid=3FPATA640SFTT&keywords=soft+toothbrushes+for+adults&qid=1651012422&sprefix=soft+tooth,aps,143&sr=8-42 and this dental floss https://www.amazon.co.uk/Colgate-Total-Pro-Health-Floss/dp/B011ICLBBU/ref=sr_1_6?crid=1FZSZYZ88MINV&keywords=colgate+floss&qid=1651012871&sprefix=colgate+floss,aps,70&sr=8-6 and very gradually the pain disappeared. I believe tooth pain can be TMS; I'm not sure whether mine was or not, or whether the sensitivity was due to thinning enamel that I've read (but don't know if it's true can become desensitized with gentler treatment)...A number of years ago though I had tooth pain that a couple of dentists and specialist at a dental hospital couldn't put down to anything sinister going on...and that pain also extremely gradually diminished and then went away altogether, so I believe that was definitely TMS.
    Last edited: Apr 27, 2022
  4. FredAmir

    FredAmir Well known member

    Can be TMS. It happened to me. Also could be that clench in your sleep and shows up as pain during the day. Teeth clenching due to TMS.

    There is no scientific evidence that flossing works as reported by AP.

    You can also follow this protocol by Ellie Phillips, DDS. It’s quite effective in treating tooth and gum issues. She also does not recommend flossing.
  5. Skylark

    Skylark New Member

    Yes, tooth pain can definitely be TMS. I had severe tooth pain along with facial pain (every tooth in my mouth ached). I would also have shooting nerve pain in my teeth. It all went away eventually. Maybe try a water-pik style flosser instead of string floss. There’s also a great product that numbs your tooth. I can’t remember the name but it comes in a little bottle with tiny q-tip things and you can paint it on the tooth that hurts for temporary relief.
  6. Booble

    Booble Well known member

    Yes, definitely. I had pain all along my upper left teeth. Dentist checked all the teeth and couldn't find anything. I thought he must be a quack because it was getting pretty painful. Enough to wake me up in the middle of the night. Although at first I thought he must be wrong, I guess my brain heard him and after a few more days or a week it went away.

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