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Second opinion] HiJA: Hi. How...
Second opinion] HiJA: Hi. How can I help?Customer: I've been having pain near my bottom left molars. When I bite down on something its a shooting pain. A couple days ago the pain would come as a throbbing/shooting pain, and stay for 5-10 seconds, and then keep reoccurring every few minutesJA: How long have you had the pain? What seems to make the pain better or worse?Customer: For the past month the pain was 1-2 times a week for a split secondJA: Anything else in your medical history you think the dentist should know?Customer: I've felt a pins and needles sensation on the left side of my face, that lasts about 5 seconds, and happens once or twice a week
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Dentist: Just Dental Truths!, Dentist replied 2 months ago
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Dentist: Just Dental Truths!, Dentist replied 2 months ago

Hello, sorry to hear of the problem...

Are you having this problem on both sides of your lower jaw?

Also, what is your age?

Have you had wisdom teeth removed?

Thanks,

Dr. Rampton

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Customer reply replied 2 months ago
24 and I still have my wisdom teeth
Customer reply replied 2 months ago
The problem is on the bottom left side
Dentist: Just Dental Truths!, Dentist replied 2 months ago

It may well be your wisdom tooth on the left side. I see your x-rays (thx), and they look good, no cavities seen and you've taken good care of your teeth!

Has your Dentist looked at the teeth lately? My first thought though, is to look closely at the wisdom tooth. And, if the lower left is removed, you'd also need to have the (easy to remove) upper left tooth extracted. I'd suggest you do both at the time you take on, should you decide to do so, to also have the upper one out. Does this make sense?

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Dentist: Just Dental Truths!, Dentist replied 2 months ago

Any thoughts?

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Customer reply replied 2 months ago
Sorry got caught up in something. My dentist did look at it and suggested a wisdom tooth extraction, but the oral surgeon didnt think the issue was a wisdom tooth.Another dentist suggested that it might a bite issue because I do tend to clench my teeth.
Customer reply replied 2 months ago
just confused about whats going on.. Im taking pain meds right now. There is no sharp pain but there is a constant ache
Dentist: Just Dental Truths!, Dentist replied 2 months ago

If you can grab a toothpick. Take it and put it on top of the wisdom tooth hurting, and bite together with the top and bottom teeth hitting. Compare how that feels, to another separate area. If the first area hurt, you're likely going to need the wisdom removed, and I agree that it may well be a wisdom / and also due to a bite problem of the wisdom tooth...

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Customer reply replied 2 months ago
doesnt feel much different
Customer reply replied 2 months ago
but when I eat, I can feel the pain
Dentist: Just Dental Truths!, Dentist replied 2 months ago

I was hoping you'd feel some difference.

I will say this: Your x-rays/teeth look VERY GOOD!

I am NOT certain why you are having the problem. And I've got to run for a couple hours right now (sorry).

But, if I were a betting person - I'd speculate highly that the best thing would be to get wisdoms removed, as they will likely be the cause, but also, you'll eventually need them out anyway. While seeing your Dentist get his or her opinions.

I sincerely ***** ***** best for you.

*If you have further concern/s - please don't hesitate and I'll get back to you later - OK?

Thanks!

Dr. Rampton

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Customer reply replied 2 months ago
thanks!
Dentist: Just Dental Truths!, Dentist replied 2 months ago

Well, I hope you can, when plausible, get to see your Dentist of choice for a closer examination, perhaps get your wisdoms removed, and get everything back to the normal expeditiously!

*Please do rate my answer, if you would please. Thanks!

Feel free to ask any further follow up concerns - should you have such - alright?

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Customer reply replied 2 months ago
Hi Dr. Rampton. I’ve tried taking ibuprofen since the last time we spoke and tried a salt water rinse but there is sharp pain whenever I try to eat. The pain is in the first molar on the bottom left.. Is there anything else I can do to ease the pain?
Customer reply replied 2 months ago
I haven't been able to eat anything.. I tried soft foods like a banana but any pressure to the tooth and its a shooting pain
Dentist: Just Dental Truths!, Dentist replied 2 months ago

I am so sorry. As I look at the first molar, there "may" be resemblance of a "possible" small cavity. But, even if so, it's hard to say with confidence.

I'd get to your Dentist of choice as soon as possible, have the bite checked, etc...

Don't take more than 800mg Ibuprofen every 8 hours. It can sreak havoc if you overdose on over the counter drugs. If the ice helps - keep that up.

Hang tough. I'm truly sorry it's bothering you. The very best news is "this too will pass". So sorry I can't do more...

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