Post # 1
I have evidently developed a very sudden onset sugar sensitivity.
Last night I ate some spaghetti (acidy) and I had some non-localized pain in the upper left area of my teeth.
Ate apple crisp for dessert (bad move) and the pain was pretty insistant that I stop eating apple crisp. So I stopped, flossed and brushed my teeth and just got ready for bed.
I wear a bite guard at night for TMJ/Clenching problems and I soak it in polydent during the day. I give it a rigorous brushing before I put it on and after I take it off.
So the pain stuck around for a while even after I brushed/flossed, but I thought maybe it was because of my bite guard. Went to bed.
ALL today, I had on and off pain. It was DEFINITELY around after I ate something and it tended to linger for maybe half an hour after eating and then just came and went when I wasn’t eating.
Came home and flossed and irrigated the hell out of it with some warm water. When I flossed, gums in that area bled really easily, so maybe they’re inflammed? Since I irrigated it, it hurt when I eat spaghetti (it’s allll I have in my house, and I had to eat something 🙁 ), but the pain fades fairly quick when I stop eating.
So big question: I’m going on 10 day vacay on Friday to Mexico and ATL. I don’t want to have a REAL dental emergency in either place. Should I try to get seen ASAP or do you think I can hold it off for another 2 weeks when I’m back in town for an extended amount of time? Teeth seem to progress at a fairly slow rate…so what do you think?
Oh, subnote: Most of the teeth in that area are crowned and one of them is actually root canaled…Should they really be having problems like this?
Post # 3
I’m having the same problems! I’ll be anxious to hear what you find out.
Post # 4
I think you should see a dentist. Don’t deal with that pain a minute longer than you have to.
Post # 5
@mg1363: If it was constant or if I had the time, I would definitely be there. My dental history is the pits. But I have only Wednesday available to be seen before I go away on vacation for a week and a half. 🙁 And you know how busy dentists are, they’re usually booked like…2 weeks out. I’ll have to beg, borrow and steal to get seen by Wednesday. For now, I’m switching to sensodyne…
Post # 6
@Mewcakes: That helped me a bit but now (even with constant brushing and tooth care) my gums have started separating from my teeth. Mine is a connective tissue disorder though but your sensitivity issue is exactly what I’ve also been experiencing.
Post # 7
I just need it to protect me until I get back. 😛 Then I’ll let them drill me all they want. Though the entire area is crowned, and I’m kind of worried they’ll have to destroy some of my current restorations in order to fix this. 🙁
I think my gums are receeding too. They’re slightly receeded in the front, but I can’t really tell what’s going on in the back. My dentist never said anything about my gum health though, so I always assumed it was okay.
Post # 8
Update @Potatoes: It turns out the tooth had died a long time ago and was pretty much filled with bacteria. The endodontist had to perform a root canal to clean out the decaying tissue. Even though the tooth was dead, the tissues around it were becoming inflammed and angry from the bateria leaking from the ruined tooth.
Apparently the anatomy of my tooth is a little wonky and the endo says he doesn’t think he got it all and he wants me to go back in so he can open it back up and try to get to the deeper roots. If he can’t get them that way, he wants to enter through the gums/bone. Sadface. 🙁
So if your teeth hurt…you should probably go see a specialist. The general DDS that I saw couldn’t even make a diagnosis. He looked at my x-rays and said “Hmmmm….I don’t see anything! But since you’re in so much pain, I better refer you out”.