Several months ago, I was experiencing horrible tooth pain. I normally have a fairly high tolerance for pain, so I took some ibuprofen and went on. When the pain became too much to bear, I went to an emergency dentist, knowing that I would likely be in need of a root canal. I was right.
Recently, my sister experienced a tooth pain similar to mine. She too has a high tolerance for pain, and took ibuprofen until it was more than she could handle. At my suggestion, she consulted an emergency dentist, but was told he was in need of a crown.
How could it be that we were both experiencing the same type of pain, yet we received differing prognoses?
Just like all people look different, and are wired differently, all tooth pain is different and can be caused by various issues. An infection can cause pain, as well as a cracked tooth, or a cavity, in addition to a multitude of other reasons. A root canal is generally the result of a decay that reaches the nerve of the tooth, causing it to send out signs of distress of pain or discomfort. This could also be an indication of infection, or a dead tooth.
Therefore, even though two people can experience toothaches, the cause of the pain could be vastly different, yielding different diagnoses and treatment.
Another point to consider is that, even though you say you and your sister have high tolerances for pain, our pain levels are different, as are the signals of pain or discomfort that each person feels.
An emergency dentist can explain your diagnosis, as well as your sister’s. This may help you both to better understand what was going on in your mouth to cause the pain, as well as the reason for it. If the dentists you each saw failed to do this, give the office a call and inquire. This is the only way to truly know and understand.
This article was provided by the office of emergency dentist, Dr. Ryan Perry.