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Thursday, December 12, 2013
Dental and Oral Health (Seniors)
Upper jaw tooth pain
I have been experiencing uncomfortableness/pain/burn along my upper right teeth for about 2 months. Sometimes it feels like where I had my wisdom tooth out years ago is burning. Aspirin doesn`t help and I can be distracred from the pain.It doesn`t keep me up at night. I saw 3 dentists (one a root canal speciaist) and none could really see anything definite/ Their best quess was that under a crown on my lower jaw, which never hurt, has a dark spot on the Xray and might need a root canal. Well after 2 hours in the chair & $1800 later, my upper teeth & part of the roof of my mouth still aches and burns. I`m concerned abour some kind of cyst or tumor. There is no swelling. Any ideas where to go next? I am trying a mouth gaurd, but that doesn`t seem to help either. Thanking you for any sssistance you can provide me.
What you need to do is see an oral surgeon or a maxillofacial surgeon. You will need to take the x-rays from all previous dental visits to the appointment. They may need to order a more specific radiograph called a cone beam CT scan ($400 to $500). Usually burn sensations are present when there is some kind of nerve damage or alteration.
Alfredo Hernandez, DDS, MS
Assistant Professor of Comprehensive Care
School of Dental Medicine
Case Western Reserve University