I have been diagnosed with TMJ as well as inflamed gums. My upper back molar on the left side hurts when I bite down and is painful to touch. I have a crown on it from when I was younger-metal one-. I have had my wisdom teeth removed as well. I am wondering if this is caused by grinding/TMJ or if I need a root canal. It does not seem to be effected by temperature. Thank you

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  • Dr.Ritz

    Dr.Ritz 27 - October - 2012, at 03:18 AM

  • There are various reasons for the tooth pain which is there on biting down. Decay, a loose filling/crown and/or a cracked tooth are possible causes.See a dentist to diagnose the problem before the pain worsens. Decay will need to be removed, and a loose filling/crown replaced by your dentist. If the pain is caused by pulp tissue damage, your dentist may send you to an endodontist, a specialist who will perform a root canal treatment to clean out the damaged pulp, disinfect the root canal and fill and seal the remaining space to save the tooth. A cracked tooth may be difficult to treat not only if it involves the pulp, but also depending on the location and depth of the crack.

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