Dentist filter: dull ache when biting on one tooth!
February 6, 2012 7:47 PM Subscribe
dentist filter: I have a tooth (upper right molar, second to the last one) that occasionally have a dull pain when I bite on it. It usually happens when I am tired, i.e. when I am sleep deprived. I had a dental cleaning/checkup on Jan. 13, and the dentist didn't say anything. I am out of the country now and have no access to any dentist, and I am really worried.
posted by atetrachordofthree to Health & Fitness (7 answers total)
Here are some more information about the tooth/ things that are happening my mouth:
This tooth had a cold sensitivity problem for about 1 week back in May 2011. I used Sensodyne for a week and it went away. I can see about 2 mm of root exposure. Between this tooth and the one in front, I can also see a small brown spot. In Jan. My dentist said it was demineralization and stain, rather than a cavity.
as for the dull pain that happens when I bite: it first started back in October, for a couple of days and then it disappeared. Then in December, I was up for like 4 days straight and it was bite sensitive for about a week, then it went away. Then I went home for break, and it was perfectly fine pretty much the whole time. I asked my dentist about it, but nothing showed up during the check up. After I left the country again on Jan. 23, for about 2 weeks, every night as I get sleepy it starts again, and disappears completely in the morning.
In the past couple of days I've noticed that it would start for about 30 minutes in the evening and then go.
when I lick the outside of this tooth (the side not facing my tongue), I can feel a spot on the gum that feels like when I have an ulcer in my mouth, and it's right at the gum line. Also, as I became worried about it recently, I sometimes brush that tooth extra long, which might be making it worse.
And lastly, during my Jan. 13 visit my dentist did a filling on the lower right molar that my funny tooth is biting on. After I left, I realized the filling was maybe a tad too high. I also have a problem with popping jaw on my left side, and I sometimes clench.
I floss daily and brush 3 times a day, after every meal, and don't have bleeding gum, but I did have a bout of poor oral hygiene when I was younger. It almost seems like the days I brush more/longer it gets worse though.
Can anyone tell me what could be causing the dull pain when I bite? Is this periodontal disease? Is my gum just irritated possibly by the brown patch? Is this gingivitis? How do I make it stop, at least until I can see my dentist again in June?