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Best Dentist for a Gum Ache?

I have a weird problem and I’m not sure if it’s best to see a dentist or a doctor. My gums, on the teeth next to my front teeth, ache and itch at the same time.  I’ve had a cold, so I don’t know if that’s related to it.  Is it best to see a doctor or dentist?

Donna M. – Ohio

Donna,

That’s a great question.  There is not really a right or wrong here. It would be medical or dental.  A cold can inflame your sinuses which are near the area you’re describing, which can mimic a tooth problem.

Here’s what I’d recommend. If you’re due for a cleaning or are prone to decay and tooth infections, it would be best to see the dentist first. Then you can eliminate any issues that could blow up on you. It will also give you peace of mind.

However, If your cleanings are up to date and you had no problems at the check-up, it might be better to see the doctor first.

Alternately, if it was just a cold and you’re not running a fever, you could just give it a few days to see if it’s just a sinus flare up. It may go away on its own.

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Pain is severe and my dentist insists nothing is wrong

I have severe pain in an upper tooth, but my dentist insists there isn’t anything wrong. The pain is driving me mad. What do I do if my dentist refuses to listen?

Brooke H. – Minnesota

Brooke,

I can’t tell you what is wrong with your tooth without seeing and examining it, but I would recommend you at the very least get a second opinion. If the pain seems unbearable, and it sounds like it does, and your dentist isn’t listening to you, then you may try an emergency dentist.

They can get you out of pain, while at the same time examining your case to give you a second opinion. I’m assuming your dentist did x-rays?  Generally, you can tell if something is wrong with a tooth that way, but it could be he missed something.

Some dentists can be a little insensitive to the feelings of their patients, so don’t feel bad about seeing another one.

It’s possible it’s not dental related. Your sinus cavities are very close to your upper teeth, so it may be a sinus infection that has referred pain in your tooth.

If you get nowhere with the emergency dentist, a GP or an endodontist would be might next stop.

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