InTheMeantimeFilter: I've got a formerly filled, chipped tooth with exposed dentin that doesn't hurt .. yet. What can I do in the meantime before the dentist visit?
About last Tuesday (today is Sunday), I was chewing gum and a filling came out. That day, I got scheduled for a dentist appt -- for JULY (!!, my dentist is very very good and thus very popular) -- but chewing on a jelly bean this last Friday broke off part of the tooth itself so that dentin (pale cartilage-colored structure that is flimsy) is exposed. Pardon the hideous limited color selections used in my craptacular illustration:
It is on the top, left side just behind the canine.
In the meantime (I have not yet told him about the new chippage, being the Memorial weekend, but I'm certain I can probably get it bumped closer with cancellations) what can I do to prevent the eventual and anticipated pain from setting in and not being quite so bad? Is dentin supposed to hurt? I can move it around and it's flimsy, but it doesn't hunt unless I tug up on the little dentin corner piece that will open up like a flap and even then it's just a general soreness.
I've got some Orajel/Anbesol that supposedly makes a coating over any toothache/sores in the mouth to prevent infection (and also in anticipation of needing to numb myself) but is that all I should do? I also plan to use mouthwash throughout the day to be double-darn safe. Would brushing over this dentin damage it and possibly quicken the onset of the terrible pain I am anticipating at the office?
I've had loads of fillings before, and usually do it without injected anaesthetics (nitrous only, set on a special "mike" setting as I am somewhat of a celebrity there for not getting numbed) but I'm afraid I may have to go with a numb on this one, and especially fearful because I hear top-jaw numbs only tooth by tooth while lower-jaw numbs the whole side at a time.