Now accepting Telehealth appointments. Schedule a virtual visit.

Mystery Pain & Phantom Toothache

There’s only one good thing about a visibly damaged tooth: here, clearly, is where the pain’s coming from and where our response will be focused.

But complaints of “tooth pain” without a clear source or origin—now, that’s something else entirely.

Say you’ve been good with your hygiene, faithful in your checkups, and you wake up one morning with a vague pain. You can’t see a crack or cavity, but something’s just not right, so you schedule an appointment with our team.

What gives? A morning toothache might not even come from damage. Could be the aftermath of all-night grinding (bruxism). Usually treatable with a simple sleeping appliance.

Sometimes after a new filling or crown there’s a lingering sensitivity to hot or cold. This should disappear after a few days. If not, perhaps another look is in order.

Almost always, we can detect and correct even microscopic cracks. But (as is the case with the rest of your body) there can be “pain phantoms” which come and go for reasons unknown. If it can’t be located and identified, it can’t be treated. Thankfully, we see very, very few of those.

You Might Also Enjoy...

Understanding the Pinhole Surgical Technique®

Gum disease puts you at risk of tooth loss, so it’s crucial to get effective treatment as quickly as possible to preserve your oral health. Fortunately, the Pinhole Surgical Technique® offers spectacular results that can save your teeth and gums.

Take a Sleep Test in the Comfort of Your Own Bed

Wondering if you have a sleep disorder but want to avoid an in-clinic sleep study? It’s possible to find out if you have disrupted sleep without leaving the comfort of your own home. Here’s how at-home sleep testing works.

Am I a Candidate for Veneers?

Trying to find simple solutions that can fix or enhance your smile? It could be time to look into veneers. Here are a few ways this versatile dental treatment can completely transform your smile in no time.