Hi, about 6 weeks ago I suddenly developed a general soreness in my mouth. My jaw area began aching badly too. In fact the jaw pain has been terrible at times.
The inside of my mouth was very painful and I assumed something had happened that made me suddenly develop numerous cavities at the same time. I know that sounds odd but I could not think of what else could cause such pain all of a sudden.
I used Corsodyl mouthwash but it was not helping and possibly irritating my mouth more so I stopped and made a dental appt. The dentist said she could see nothing wrong in my mouth though she could see "micro cracks" in the enamel. She said this was probably from tooth grinding and said she could see wear that suggested tooth grinding however she was not very forthcoming to answer my other questions and did not seem to investigate anything thoroughly. She recommended a toothguard and a sensitive toothpaste (I used it and it made no difference) and sent me on my way saying there were no cavities etc.
Just as I was walking out of the office she stopped me and said she could do a xray if I wanted- so I said yes. On the xray she found what she described as a very small cavity between 2 teeth. I made an appt to have that sorted out in a weeks time. When she filled that cavity she said that she had discovered some decay beneath an old filling there but that she had sorted it out. I left thinking that my problems would be over now however it just got worse.
The "jaw pain" has been severe. No otc pain meds would help at all. I have had what I assumed to be TMJD very occasionally in the past but nothing like this.
The inside of my mouth is sometimes burning and stinging, sometimes very painful along the edges of the gums along both sides and right at the very back, behind the last teeth. My tongue is burning and is sometimes painful at the back. I have had irritated areas at the sides and the roof of my mouth and behind the last teeth though nothing that has become an ulcer.
I made a gp appt to see if they could shed some light on what is going on but he says he sees nothing and that it is a dentist issue. He also says that where the "jaw" pain is, is not typically where TMJD pain would be, but is farther down and forward, right where the area behind the last teeth would be. he has given me some antibiotics just in case of of a hidden infection somewhere.
I really dont know what to do now. I have made another dental appt, the soonest available, but it is not until January. I am taking co-codamol for the pain but tonight it is not helping.
Any ideas? I do take Levothyroxine for hypothyroidism (just in case anyone knows of any related issue).