Unexplained long-term pain/discomfort

Jun 22, 2013

I'm reaching out here in the hope that someone has come across this situation before or has some ideas as to what might be causing this and how to resolve it.

On the last day of February this year, my wife fainted and hit her mouth very hard on a work-surface on the way down. When she came to 15 minutes later, she found that she had broken off part of her upper left tooth. Obviously, I rushed her to the local hospital who checked her out and then her regular dentist who put a temporary cap on the tooth and said to come back in a couple of weeks.

The cap popped off the very next day so we paid to go to another local dentist, who put a semi-permanent cap on it. This has stayed in place fine.

The problem is that, ever since the accident, she has experienced dental pain. The pain is primarily around the broken tooth and the neighbouring front tooth, however it has moved around her mouth at times. It ranges from stabbing pain to a dull ache and everything in between.

She is a trumpet teacher and, like me, plays in a successful local brass band. The pain means that she cannot play her instrument and this is understandably causing great frustration and heartache.

She has been to see a specialist, whom her parents know very well, and whilst he has diagnosed the pain as being in the periodontal layer (I'm not knowledgeable in this area, so I hope I've got that right) he doesn't understand why it is still painful nearly 4 months later.

Any advice and thoughts would be very welcome at this point. Thank you in advance for your input.

Best wishes


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