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Tooth pain and FMS--is there a connection?
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Pikespeak - May 3

I never made this connection before and wonder if others have had a similar experience. I had a new crown put on one of my lower molars. I was having severe sensitivity, but the dentist (who also has FMS) didn't do a root canal because he couldn't find anything wrong. I still have sensitivity in that tooth, although the x-rays show a perfectly OK root. Now the same tooth on my left side (also a crown) is sensitive! At first I thought it was a sympathy pain, but now I'm wondering if it's due to my FMS? Anyone?


Fantod - May 3

I have had plenty of weird dental issues over the years. Any time that I have any work done, it takes weeks for everything to settle back down. A crown can set me back for up to a month or more. Give it some more time, if things don't improve you may, in fact, need a root canal. Take care.


OnaJourney - May 3

I hesitated to even read this topic as I go for a crown on a tooth with a root canal later this week. There are times when all my teeth ache and it comes down to tight face/neck muscles. The muscle under my chin gets very tight and pulls on my lower jaw. My cheek muscles get tight and pull on the upper jaw. My therapist now ends my treatment with a face massage which helps to ease the pain.


January - May 4

Pikespeak - don't go by Xrays. Try to get a newer digital scan which will show up much more than an Xray. You may be allergic to the cement material used for the crown and that can cause pain. Also, pain can result if the crown is not properly sized and seated. For crowns, best to go to a prosthodontist. (And for root canals, go to an endodontic specialist.) A general dentist may do these procedures, but it doesn't mean he'll do them well - and bad root canal is a nightmare down the line. Best to rule out any possible physical cause like infection before you assume it's trigger point pain - which is possible too.

I've had tons of dental surgery - to rid me of pain. Result: more pain than ever, especially when the weather fronts come through. And, serious consequences from the antibiotics I was given. If anyone is having a root canal (with antibiotic therapy) please check out the peoplespharmacy website and google Clindamycin - which is what is normally prescribed. This is a strong antibiotic, but it is one nasty drug and you should know beforehand what to expect and make sure you are taking probiotics.

The website peoplespharmacy has some very interesting info on dental work (and some horror stories that will help you protect yourself if you know about them) - you'll have to do a search to find them. Also, there are some online dental blogs with great information.

Hope you dental patients feel better soon!


pat16 - May 14

Hi I believe it is all connected. I have had to make urgent appointments with my dentist due to the pain only they can never find anything wrong. It costs me a fortune for X rays etc. Oh for somebody to find a cure for this condition. Keep Smiling Pat


axxie - May 16

Hi Pikespeak, what you have is sensitivity. Don't always blame Fibro, fibro does do weird things but that ain't one of them.

A little dentistry information for all of you:

The Enamel is the outermost layer of the tooth and also the hardest tissue in the body. It protects the other structures of the tooth and gives the tooth the strength to bite into anything. It is a translucent layer and depending upon its opacity a tooth appears whiter or yellowish.

When doing a root cannal sometimes the dentist will touch the Dentine part which lies below the enamel and forms the bulk of the teeth. It is an ivory like substance and is highly resilient, and absorbs all the pressure you exert on your teeth while chewing.

When you have work done, sometimes you become sensitive due to what is called Erosion of enamel due to the carious lesion that exposes this surface to the oral cavity and the tooth becomes sensitive to a variety of stimulus.

As we age, we become more sensitive when work is done, wait it out, it can take up to 2 months and then all becomes ok again.

Dentist can perform root cannals, it's also part of their training and do them routinely. A dentist will suggest you go see another professional if he deems it necessary to have the tooth looked at by a specialist.

May I suggest you rinse your mouth every morning and every evening with scope or another rinse or if you prefer you can rinse your mouth with salt and water (there are packs of salt in liquid that you can buy from the pharmacy).

X-rays are fine, you don't need to get a digital scan it does exactly the samething except the picture is better, but actually when a dentist has these digital scans is only a money maker because in fact they charge more to your insurance.


iliveinpain - May 17

Axxie I must respectfully disagree with your post. I've had dentists in the past tell me that a fibro patient does in fact have more unusual tooth pain, as our nerves are more sensitive because of the nature of our disease. I have had pain that comes and goes over the years, with no discernable cause. Everyone of course is different. I've even been told that my upper back molar pain comes from how high up my roots go, almost touching my sinus cavities. Because of that, I'll have much more pain at certain times of the year, mainly spring and summer.


Pikespeak - May 17

Thank you for all the imput! I have discovered that my tooth pain has subsided after doing self- massage on my face and neck. I consulted my trigger point charts and found the exact spot that was causing the referred pain. I can't wait to tell my dentist!


iliveinpain - May 18

Hi Pikespeak, I'm glad you've gotten to the bottom of your tooth pain. So, it is fibro related after all, huh? Can you please share with us what part of your face and neck was referring pain to your teeth? It would be helpful to have this information! Thanks!


Pikespeak - May 18

Sure! There are 2 trigger points on the masseter muscle (the muscle below where the jaw opens). These trigger points refer pain to the lower teeth and chin. I posted about a free site to look at trigger point charts just a few days ago. Well worth saving as a favorite site!


kvc33 - May 18

I have used a toothpaste for sensitive teeth for years and I believe that my various pains are fibro-related. Sometimes my teeth ache and around my mouth too. Now at the gumline, I have pain if I eat something sweet or cold just like the ads say on tv. I'm older now so some of the dentin is exposed i guess and I would imagine that I feel pain that a normal person wouldn't. Just as an example, I got a piece of food stuck between my teeth and although I got it out the same day, it hurt in that spot for over a week. Talk about an over-reaction!


Miss M - May 23

Tooth pain and Fibromyalgia go hand in hand. First of all you are proably grinding your teeth at night, which is called Bruxism. You most likely are biting down on your back molars which causes the teeth to hurt especially in the morning. The best thing that you can do is run your jaws in a circular motion to allow the blod in and garle with warm water, but the the very best thing that you can do to help yourself is....
go and get yourself a mouth piece. The dentist can make you your own mouth piece that will help
you with grinding your teeth at night. Or short on funds the pharmacy sells cheaper versions that
you can make into your own for about $25.00.
Hope this helps..... God Bless U!


lmnohos - June 15

google "What Your Dentist Should Know
About FMS and CMP" click on the sover (dot) net link that is a PDF



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