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TOPIC TITLE: Pain in teeth and head
Created On 6/15/06 1:54 PM
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ernie55B
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6/15/06 1:54 PM
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Hello Dr. Ledereich,

Thank you in advance for your time. I have been having pain in all my teeth and a persistant headache for a while now.
My dentist feels this is caused by grinding and clenching of teeth, due to stress (and TMJ). The only solution he says, is the night guard that is inserted in the mouth to prevent this.
I have tried this a few years ago, but was unable to sleep with this foreign object in my mouth.
Do you have any suggestions (or am I in the wrong forum altogether)?

Ernie
 
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chanieF
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6/16/06 5:08 PM
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i'm not dr. ledereich but do have some personal experience with similar symptoms....
some more specifics could help out a little. such as: is it dull pain? sharp pain? shooting? etc
also, was this proceeded by any injury or surgery? if so, this may be due to a muscle spasm and/or myofascial face pain (named based on research done by dr. joseph marbuch [sp?], a dentist who specialized in this area).
or did this occur out of the blue? if it's the former then i can provide you more info separately. if it's the latter, then, this may sound unconventional, but i'd try a good osteopath who's done extra training in cranio-sacral therapy (you can try the cranial academy website.) for ex, it may be secondary to a misalignemnt of some of the bones.
i hope this helps for starters....
 
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ernie55B
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6/18/06 11:40 AM
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Hi Chanie,

Thanks for replying. The pain starts out as shooting pain in a section of my teeth and goes up into the side of my head and then into the whole head and becomes a constant aching pain all around. Last night I was in agony for about an hour until some Vicodin took the edge off. Right now my whole mouth, face and head hurt moderately.

This is not a new condition; dentist says it is caused by grinding and clenching of teeth during sleep (mostly).
I was fitted with a prosthesis a number of years ago, but could not sleep with it.
He says there is nothing else that can be done.

The situation had been better the last few years, but recently has become a big problem,
in light of the fact that I am under much stress lately (divorce, for starters).

Ernie
 
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P. S. Ledereich, MD
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8/23/06 11:02 PM
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Hi - Sorry to hear about the stress in your life.

Some thoughts for you -
1) see a neurologist to make sure it is not atypical facial pain
2) see a pain specialist who may help with the pain
3) consider accupunture
4) seek another dentist who may make a better splint for you

Wishing you of only good things in the future (and pain free too!)



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P. S. Ledereich, MD
Family Ear Nose and Throat Care
1033 Clifton Avenue, Suite 204
Clifton, NJ 07013
Telephone: 973 470 8266
144 Route 59
Suffern, NY 10901
Telephone: 845 357 8302
 
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