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...

Tips for Taking Care of Your Invisalign Trays

Changing orthodontic treatment from a mouth full of metal to an invisible, removable tray, Invisalign represents a dramatic new way to treat crooked smiles. Though easy to use, Invisalign trays require some special care for best results.

Non-Cosmetic Reasons to Consider Veneers

Beautiful porcelain veneers can make your smile look like a million bucks. But good looks are just one of their benefits. Their durability and versatility can make them a good option for preventing more serious oral health problems, too.

What's a Smile Makeover?

Having a beautiful, healthy-looking smile is about more than aesthetics; it can help you look and feel more confident in every area of your life. Read on to learn more about getting a smile makeover!