Can Menopause cause tooth pain???

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I grind my teeth but have a mouth guard and recently 3 weeks ago I developed this ongoing tooth pain. I went to the dentist and an endodontist (twice) and the endo thought that it was due to teeth grinding and my night guard being a bit off since xrays etc looked normal and other tap tests. So he adjusted the guard and I thought I was better Friday (saw him thursday) but then started hurting sat afternoon again and this morning was really bothering me. I've been eating on the other side and avoiding hard foods. Yet even talking too long seems to aggravate it (like work meetings). I did have some peri hormone rush nightmares last night but those aren't every night. The pain is really stressing me out as well as being distracting. I do my best to take care of my teeth and gums and really want to preserve them especially since I lost a molar last year due to an old crown cracking. Am trying to save up 4k to replace it. So need other teeth to be okay. ANYWAY. QUESTION: Someone told me that menopause (I'm in peri) can increase tooth sensitivity. Has anyone experienced this and found a remedy? I did go to the chiropractor today and she massaged my jaw muscles which were painful but tooth pain didn't completely disappear so still terrified.

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    Hi Sakura

    I had more tooth problems in peri than I had my whole entire life. In the period of about two years I had 4 root canals, 2 extractions, 3 crowns and oral surgery trying to save a molar that had a previous root canal and crown on. I was about ready to have all my teeth pulled and get dentures! I couldn't stand the tooth pain any longer and dropped 20 pounds during that time not to say what it does to your bank account! I chalk it all to peri/ menopause and it finally went away after a couple years. It would go from one side of my mouth to the other. Dentist put me on pain pills just so i could sleep at night then I was afraid getting hooked on them once my tooth issues ended! I'm glad that subsided but it was a long painful expensive road. I really think what goes on with womens bodies in this part of our life def effects our teeth. My dentist kept thinking it was all due to grinding my teeth at night too and made me a mouth guard but it did nothing to help. It was hormone loss at work in my opinion.

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      Ugh thanks Jude! I think I am the same. I also feel like all my tooth issues started in peri. I also already had 2 root canals and a crown that cracked and was extracted. If you could go back in time would you have tried to take pain pills instead of the root canals? I have lost a ton of weight too from not being able to eat. It's so aggravating because no decay I take care of my teeth! I wear the dam mouth guard, tho I could use braces. I am considering seeing a TMJ specialist if on my insurance. I really want to try hormone cycling but have to get rid of my giant fibroid first. 😦 I can't take anymore of this.

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      Hi Sakura,

      I was on pain pills. Weird thing was x-rays showed I needed these root canals. It wasn't my imagination so they had to be done. I know when I was going through all that it was very difficult. I didn't want to go anywhere or do anything because all I could think of is my mouth pain. If I could go back in time I would seek out my holistic Dr and get on replenishing my hormones right away instead of letting the decay of my body go on for 10 years during menopause. I'm on hormone therapy now but thats my regret not getting things going at 45 instead of 55.

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      Thank Jude! That is why I want to try hormone cycling but unfortunately I most likely have to get rid of my giant fibroid first as hormones might make it grow more. I also have a dermoid that some doctors say get rid of or that I can watch it but may eventually have to remove. So scared of surgery tho, even laproscopic. But hormone cycling is supposed to mimic natural hormone fluctuations tho I know there's risk taking hormones after menopause. Tho I am still in peri and almost 48 tho 😦 Not a happy birthday

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    hi sakura

    you just told my story . i start having tooth ache on the top Back for about a year and i had 2 root canal and a crwon it was throbbing, and i coukdnt bite on the side . i also had xrays taps 2 endo visits checking for fractires and nothing and now the pain is going away im about to be 50 and on peri . i was having my period when the pain start.

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      Ugh thanks you are me! And then this morning I woke up and some other teeth are also hurting. I want to cry. Just want no pain and to keep my teeth. And it does seem like I am getting all the peri symptoms unlike some other women I know. 😦

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      omg you are not alone . at the moment i gave left hip, shoulder, left tooth the top one , migranes, neck pain, face pain, pain in stomach, my periods are wack . im afraid to gonto the dentist becuase is he is not gonna find nothing

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      Ugh I hear you! It's too much. I expected things like hot flashes etc. But I have none of that. All this other weird stuff like bad anxiety, hair shedding, dry skin, teeth, weight gain, weight loss, giant fibroid, I want to cry... so scared and depressed. Esp being single and almost 48.

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    HI Sakura - Three years ago when i started this post menopause roller coaster, i battled with aching jaw bone pain. It totally freaked me out because it was on my left side & all i could think about is that i was going to have a heart attack. i think i suffered with it for a good month. It wasnt my teeth per se that hurt it was my jaw bone. This menopause stuff is not for sissy's - i swear the stuff we have to deal with - all you can do is check it out & pray that the symptom goes away. i hope your symptoms resolve soon.

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    hi, first time i have heard tmj and problems with linked to menoause. youre right i have had terrible problems from my 40's onwards. currently have some sort of pain from daily headache or tmj or other joint/muscle pain;EVERY DAY!!!

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    I have had discomfort in my right front tooth on and off for over a year. its just one tooth. It doesnt hurt to eat. its just causes discomfort but its not always there. Does anyone else have what ive described???

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    OMG! Yes! i have had more teeth pain and sensitivity in peri than in my entirw life im 50 now and everytime Im at dentist he finds nothing wrong everyday im either having to chew on one side or the other this started about 2 years ago its driving me mad! either pain or something thia feels weird on one tooth or another burning tongue , what else, the list goes on! some days it feels like i have something wrong with one particular tooth im telling you, its literally been every day for almost 2 years its exhausting actually

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      OMG Lisa yes!!!! And sometimes it hurts so bad I think should I just give up and get a root canal even tho the endodontist doesn't want to do one at the moment per the xrays. Or I worry could there be a small crack you can't see on xray?? What did you do? Did you just get a root canal? Is your pain really bad sometimes in one tooth for a long time? It's been about a month this tooth has been bothering me on and off and they had me take medrol 3 times (3 courses) which helps but then when it's done it hurts again, esp if I touch it. I just want to preserve my teeth. I'm in CA.

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