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Tooth pain during flare-ups

I have not found many articles online dealing with this issue, but when I am in the midst of a severe flare-up of widespread, multifactorial pain, I end up with terrible toothaches, including teeth that have had at least one root canal AND have been crowned. My most recent flare-up has lasted over six months, with the tooth pain coming and going.

Just wondering if anyone else out there has dealt with this; my dentist is a little perplexed, as are my doctors and therapists.



  • I too have noticed the occasional increase of tooth pain while recuperating from my PLIF's. In fact, I had to have a (semi)emergent root canal a month before my second surgery. I'm not sure if this dental pain is due to my lower back pain or the opiates that I'm taking. However, in my day-to-day experience, I do notice that I'm certainly gritting my teeth quite often. I'm gritting them quite hard when the pain peaks. I think that this alone would weaken your tooth structure.

    Just my 2¢, nothing more.
    Disability retirement
  • I've had to have a couple of emergency root canals done as well; generally when I have an especially nasty flare-up. I have a long history of TMJ issues, too, and though I don't think I grit my teeth (known as bruxism, I think), I probably do! I've tried several different mouth guards, but they just exacerbated the symptoms.

    Thanks for your input, quiksilver - I appreciate it!
  • Is it possible you are gritting or grinding your teeth? During my sleep I realized I was grinding and when awaoe I grit them. Now I have to get a crown replaced.I take morphine and oxycodone but it doesn't take all the pain away as everyone, it just makes it more tolerable.
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