If you had a toothache, your first thought would probably be something like, “I should go to the dentist.” But what happens when the toothache is the worst pain of your life? That’s what happened to Elizabeth Russo, who woke up one day in agony.
“I was having sharp, fire-like pain in my bottom-right jaw,” Elizabeth said. “It would last anywhere from five seconds to one minute, and there was no rhyme or reason to how or when it would appear.”
With no remedies that worked, Elizabeth went to her dentist seeking relief. Severe pain related to your teeth, gums or jaw is often a sign of dental issues. An abscess, an infection at the root of the tooth, can often cause blinding pain and require a root canal to properly treat. A cracked tooth or damaged dental work can expose the tooth’s nerves and cause pain as well. Even issues like grinding your teeth while sleeping or clenching your jaw from stress can cause bad enough pain that a trip to the dentist becomes necessary.
After examining her mouth, the dentist determined that her teeth were fine. Since there was no obvious dental origin of the pain, her dentist gave her a nerve block, an injection to numb the nerves in her jaw. The relief was short-lived, however, lasting only half an hour. Normally, nerve blocks last anywhere from one hour to seven.