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Sharp Pain In Gums
How come everytime I eat candy, i always get a constant sharp pain in my gums? Could I have a cavity or something?
Yes: Sensitivity to sweets is often because of dental caries or a leaking filling. However, gum recession can lead to root sensitivity setting off sharp pain due to cold, heat, touch, chemicals(sugar, etc.) You should have your dentist determine the cause and fix like a filling. It can get worse. ...Read more
I have a sharp pain on my lower gum, same area where I had a root canal and crown done about 2 years ago. Do I need to get the root canal done again or should I rather just take pain medication to suppress the pain as it is not daily.
Pain: Pain is nature's way of telling you something is wrong. I definitely would not just take pain medication when needed and wait it out. Over 35 years of experience tells me that at some point this will probably flare up and you will be sorry for waiting. Only a dentist who personally examines you and takes x-rays can determine cause and suggest treatment. Make an appointment asap! ...Read more
Sudden sharp-shooting pain at the gums around my wisdom tooth especially the back part. Not sensitive to touch and temperature.?
See a dentist: See a dentist to evaluate not only the wisdom tooth but the adjacent teeth and surrounding gums. We can't diagnose or treat you over the internet. This requires a one on one clinical exam and x-rays by a local dentist. ...Read more
What could be causing me to have very sharp severe pain on back tooth/gum after chewing trident gum?
See below: This is a problem that requires a face-to-face meeting with your doctor. In that meeting, your doctor will listen to you, perform a throrough examination and possibly order labs or other tests. Based on this information, he/she will be able to tell you what's wrong and what to do about it. ...Read more
When eating an apple I hurt my gum. Now after some hours whenever I slightly touch the tooth where I hurt my gum I get a sharp pain. What could it be?
Dental problems : The apple may have upset some underlying gum or dental disease such as infection that was brewing. Recommend check with a dentist or doctor for a mouth examination ...Read more
My front tooth is sensitive and sends a sharp pain when in contact with other teeth. Also, the gums above it feel numb and feels like it's an air sac?
See a dentist: Could be a number of problems. The tooth must be evaluated by a dentist who can examine, take x-rays and make appropriate suggestions. ...Read more
Dentist only: sharp pain runs up back of front tooth less than 1 sec. At a time for 2 days but not often. Use night guard. Checkup xrays dec. Perfect. Not loose. No gum prob. Xrays good. Root exposed?
How can I stop a tooth ach sharp pain with feeling very light-headed very sencetive to hot and cold and his gums are very score ans sentive it even keeps him from sleeping cuz it herts him so bad
This : This question should not just be about stopping your pain. It should also be about finding the source of your pain so that it can be addressed. Your problem may become much more serious if it goes untreated. Please see your dentist as soon as possible. ...Read more
Hi. Could sore gums around my wisdom teeth and a sore jaw cause a sharp pain in the back left side of my head?
Head pain: Sharp head pains in the back of your head are unlikely to be directly caused by those dental problems. They are more likely to be neuralgia which is an irritable/mildly inflamed superficial nerve in the scalp(occipital neuralgia). This tends to resolve without any treatment. More sustained pain can be due to a pinched occipital nerve where it emanates from the neck vertebra from a spur or disc ...Read more
Sometimes when I drink water or any liquid I get a sharp pain behind my ears sort of by my jaw. It only happens when liquids or tongue touch my gums?
The tooth: Gums usually don't respond to temperature as much as the tooth does. It sounds a lot like you have some root sensitivity. Please see your dentist. ...Read more
Several possibilitie: If it's directly along the spine, could be disc injury, herniation, torn ligament, tumor (not likely as these tend to be dull aching), or commonly a locked vertebra (higher up, could be rib). A good history & physical, esp. Hands-on osteopathic exam could elucidate cause leading to proper treatment. Simple, sharp pain is frequently easily diagnosed & fixable by osteopathic manipulation right in office. ...Read more
It could be any: Of the 100's of causes. It could be from the heart and circulatory organs, lungs and respiratory organs, esophagus and GI organs, nerves, musculoskeletal causes, skin origin, breast related. It is impossible to say without further details, examination, and imaging tests. Go see a doctor. ...Read more
Might not be IUD: If the iud is in the proper place, it normally won't hurt. You can check to see if your strings are in the normal place. Your doctor can do an exam and order and ultrasound to check placement as well. Lower abdominal pain can also be caused by problems with the bowels, uterus, ovaries, and uterine lining (called endometriosis), I would recommend seeing your doctor for evaluation of your pain. ...Read more
Some possibilities: If one has very uncomfortable tummy pain, and is normally in good health, plus is not pregnant, the possibilities include: appendicitis (usually has fever), gall stones, kidney stone (very painful), constipation (crampy), stomach flu, etc... Most people with "sharp pain", meaning more than mild pain, need a doctor's evaluation to be sure it is not appendicitis, which would need surgery. ...Read more
Hard to say: There are multiple potential causes, you should consider being seen. Possible causes can incude an irritation of a nerve in the thoracic spine, an inflammatory condition involving the gall bladder or the lining of the lung, and multiple other causes. A detailed exam and appropriate studies can usually sort out the cause. Thank you for the question. ...Read more
Need more details: Please provide more information - is there a time when your fingers hurt the most? Have your fingers been injured in any way? How long have they been hurting? Is there a part of your fingers that hurt the most? ...Read more
Pelvis: Sharp pains in both ovaries would be unusual. If the discomfort involves the entire lower abdomen and persists with associated tenderness, have an examination by your Physician or gynecologist to check for pelvic inflammation, an ovarian problem, appendicitis,diverticulitis, etc. ...Read more
Not sure: Left lower quadrant pain could be caused by intestinal issues, ovarian problems in women, urinary tract issues, uterine issues, referred pain from other structures in the abdomen (gall bladder, appendix, etc). Sharp pain accompanied by nausea should be evaluated by a dr. Though. Good luck. ...Read more
Get an eval: Groin pain can range from lymph node issues to musculoskeletal. You need to have a full eval- history and physical, by a physician to determine the etiology. Possibilities include but not limited to infection, strain, fracture, arthritis and even cancer. You will likely need imaging. Please get seen. Good luck. ...Read more
Sharp pain: You failed to provide enough information for us to tell you what exactly it can be. Otherwise, we would be guessing, which is no good. Get back with us with further description or request a private consult. ...Read more
Go see surgeon!: Post-op pain from lasik surgery should resolve quickly, within days. Whether pain is new or persistent is worrisome & needs evaluation. Best to go see ophthalmologist (eye surgeon) who did lasik surgery to be sure no late complications. At the very least, document your visual acuity now (how well you can see into distance & close up) compared to before & immediately post-op. Redness & pus are bad. ...Read more