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I've had subtle pain on the right side of my gum and jaw

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I've had subtle pain on the right side of my gum and jaw area. At night when I lie down to sleep I'm awaken by the extreme pain in the same area. It'll last about a1/2 hour then subside. I would take some Ibuprofen to relieve the pain. That does not seem to help any longer and the pain is intensifying the last couple of days. It doesn't appeare to be a tooth problem, but I'm not sure.
Submitted: 6 months ago.
Category: Dental
Expert:  Dr. G replied 6 months ago.
Hi any medical conditions you have? When was your last dental exam with X-rays?
Customer: replied 6 months ago.
About 7 months ago
Expert:  Dr. G replied 6 months ago.
Firstly a good dental panoramic X-ray and dental exam will rule out tooth origin for this pain. Based on the way you describe it I believe there's is a good chance it is muscular in origin and related to clenching/grinding/stress. It is also possible but less likely the origin is your parotid salivary gland. Essentially you need a panoramic X-ray (one that shows whole dentition and jaw) and a clinical examination. If it's muscular pain initial treatment includes soft diet, nsaids and heating pad/ice as you have been doing. The fact that you have imitated some of that treatment with limited results is concern enough to suggest an in person clinical exam.
Expert:  Dr. G replied 6 months ago.
But since the pain in sudden and on/off a cracked tooth is also a very likely possibility.
Expert:  Dr. G replied 6 months ago.
Any swelling in this area or pain if you tap on an individual tooth?
Expert:  Dr. G replied 6 months ago.

This is how they will test for a cracked tooth. And this is the X-ray they may start with to evaluate the area.

Expert:  Dr. G replied 6 months ago.

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