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A 31-year-old member asked:

Tooth pain but no cavities. what could this be?

7 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Gilberto Nunez
Cosmetic Dentistry 19 years experience
Several options: There are several scenarios where a patient can have pain without decay. First eruption of third molars or wisdom teeth can cause pain. Second , if you are a clencher or grinder you can end up with pain in some of your teeth. Third, there is something called trigeminal neuralgia that can cause tooth pain as well. Finally, make sure your dentist has checked every single tooth clinically plus x-rays.
Dr. Bruce Terry
Specializes in Endodontics
Many things: You may be grinding your teeth you may have temperature sensitivity you may have a cavity that is not visible you may have sinus related problems you may have tmj/tmd symptoms you may have a fractured tooth ...
Dr. Gabriel Malouf
Specializes in Dentistry
Lots of things...: Maybe you pinched the ligament that attaches the tooth to the bone. This happens a lot during chewing hard foods and can even happen while you sleep. It's like a bruise and usually heals on its own. Maybe you have swelling in your gums. You also could have a cracked tooth or something more serious. Time to see your dentist :).
Dr. Douglas Tavenner, jr.
51 years experience
Another Option: If all of the routine dental evaluations result in nothing evident, then it is possible you have a tmj/muscle dysfunction spasm that will radiate to a particular tooth to cause pain. That is referred to as a "trigger point" and is documented in literature for this you need to see a dentist that is very familiar with TMJ treatments and trigger points.
Dr. John Yu
Dr. John Yuanswered
Endodontics 17 years experience
Need more info: You can have no tooth and have tooth pain (phantom tooth pain, atypical facial pain). Pain can also be referred, meaning its coming from somewhere else. The list goes on...
Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry 55 years experience
Possibilities-: Cervical sensitivity from exposed root surfaces, tender periodontal ligament from bruxism, gum inflammation, microfractures in crown or root of tooth, referred pain from sinusitis, pain from worn enamel exposing dentin, nerve sensitivity from large amalgam fillings, nerve in tooth inflamed or necrotic from previous cavity, filling, trauma or exposure, undetected cavity, microleakage around filling.
Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial 46 years experience
Dental evaluation: Have you seen a dentist? If you have, get another opinion. If negative, see an orofacial-TMJ expert. You may have atypical odontalgia.

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A 44-year-old member asked:

How can I tell if my tooth pain is a cavity?

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Dr. Daniel Sampson
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 27 years experience
See the dentist: This is really the only way to find out. You can't really see inside your mouth very well. X-rays and a clinical exam with specialized instruments are needed to diagnose decay.
A 41-year-old member asked:

I have tooth pain but no cavity or swelling of gums. What could it be?

5 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 41 years experience
Fracture: Your tooth may be fractures, you may have gum disease, or you may be grinding. See a local dentist for an exam to find out for sure.
A 42-year-old member asked:

What can I do for tooth pain?

4 doctor answers12 doctors weighed in
Dr. Sharon Perelman
30 years experience
Diagnosis: In order to treat your pain definitively you need to see the dentist to make an accurate diagnosis. Once you have a diagnosis they may recommend what type of treatment is needed to relieve you pain. For short term discomfort if you have no contraindications, Ibuprofen may be helpful.
Last updated Jan 25, 2020


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