Hi, I have been suffering from pain in my mouth and teeth. I had a tooth filled 12 months ago (almost to the nerve) and had it rechecked 6 months ago as it was still very sore, the dentist found nothing and concluded that I was occasionally grinding my teeth at night.
The current pain started with the usual dull throb from grinding my teeth. Then I began getting sharp pains like someone was sticking a needle right into my jaw. These pains lasted about 5-10mins and happened about every hour, ibuprofen and codene painkillers didn't stop the pain.
The pain subsided after a few days but my gums and teeth are still sensitive and my neck is swolen down the sore side. Most of the pain is around the tooth I got filled but I think because this tooth is sensitive it is masking the pain in my other teeth.
I did have a couple of chiropractic sessions with accupuncture around that side of my neck in the week leading up to the pain, I thought it might be muscle spasms from this but with the swelling I'm starting to think it might be an infection from the needles.
I would really appreciate any help or advise. I'm not sure if I should go to the doctor or the dentist. I don't want to end up on pain killers again without finding the cause.
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