I know the obvious answer to this question is to see my dentist and have him check it out. I already did. Last Monday, in fact, I went to visit him to find out why my tooth was hurting. When he took an X-ray of the affected area (lower left side towards the back) he didn’t see any indication of any problems and he couldn’t find anything wrong. I have had a great deal of dental work done in my mouth and I had a filling done in this same area back in June. He’s a good dentist whom I trust and have been going to for several years, so I don’t want to go seek a second opinion from another dentist.
I went to WebMD to get more information. It listed the following as possible causes for a toothache, all of which had been ruled out:
I thought it might also be caused by a food particle stuck in between two teeth, or an adjacent tooth that might be pressing up against the tooth that is hurting, but these causes, too, were ruled out.
My dentist told me to call him if the problem continued or if it gets worse, which it has (and pain meds can only do so much), so I’ll be making another appointment, but if he can’t find anything this time, either, what more can I do? Any dentist Dopers out there who can help, please do. My jaw is throbbing mercilessly as I write this.