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cracked tooth??

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Posted by: kmthax  (8 years ago)
Hello, I had a cavity in my bottom, left molar (near the back). I had a filling for that cavity back in May. However, around August it started getting very sensitive to hot/cold temperatures. It was so sensitive that I literally would cry if anything touched it. I have since been using straws, and only the right side of my mouth. I went to the dentist for an emergency visit. He took x-rays, thinking maybe I needed a root canal, but there was no sign of infection/abscess or anything. I grit my teeth at night sometimes, so he thinks I may have cracked the seal on my tooth. He sealed my tooth 3 times, and used a laser tool to help progress the healing process. But it's still sensitive! It's not AS sensitive as it was before I went to the dentist, because now I can handle brushing that tooth. Where as before I couldn't. Neutral temperatures are sometimes okay on that tooth as well. He said to give it 2 weeks, and if it wasn't better, then he would maybe re-shape my tooth. I think that is a bad idea and I want another opinion. Something is obviously cracked somewhere, because he SORT OF helped the pain when he was sealing. Or there may be another reason that it still hurts. But my teeth have never had issues as far as where they sit, or needing re-shaping. Even if he re-shaped it, I feel as if the problem would still exist, and I would just have a funny new shaped tooth.
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Hello, I had a cavity in my bottom, left molar (near the back). I had a filling for that cavity back in May. However, around August it started getting very sensitive to hot/cold temperatures. It was so sensitive that I literally would cry if anything touched it. I have since been using straws, and only the right side of my mouth. I went to the dentist for an emergency visit. He took x-rays, thinking maybe I needed a root canal, but there was no sign of infection/abscess or anything. I grit my teeth at night sometimes, so he thinks I may have cracked the seal on my tooth. He sealed my tooth 3 times, and used a laser tool to help progress the healing process. But it's still sensitive! It's not AS sensitive as it was before I went to the dentist, because now I can handle brushing that tooth. Where as before I couldn't. Neutral temperatures are sometimes okay on that tooth as well. He said to give it 2 weeks, and if it wasn't better, then he would maybe re-shape my tooth. I think that is a bad idea and I want another opinion. Something is obviously cracked somewhere, because he SORT OF helped the pain when he was sealing. Or there may be another reason that it still hurts. But my teeth have never had issues as far as where they sit, or needing re-shaping. Even if he re-shaped it, I feel as if the problem would still exist, and I would just have a funny new shaped tooth.

Dear Kmthax !

This symptom may be the nervous system because of his exertion. Try vitamin D6,D12 3-4/day.

Contident Team from www.contident.com
Dedicated to Your Smile
Posted 8 years ago
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Dentist
Hello, I had a cavity in my bottom, left molar (near the back). I had a filling for that cavity back in May. However, around August it started getting very sensitive to hot/cold temperatures. It was so sensitive that I literally would cry if anything touched it. I have since been using straws, and only the right side of my mouth. I went to the dentist for an emergency visit. He took x-rays, thinking maybe I needed a root canal, but there was no sign of infection/abscess or anything. I grit my teeth at night sometimes, so he thinks I may have cracked the seal on my tooth. He sealed my tooth 3 times, and used a laser tool to help progress the healing process. But it's still sensitive! It's not AS sensitive as it was before I went to the dentist, because now I can handle brushing that tooth. Where as before I couldn't. Neutral temperatures are sometimes okay on that tooth as well. He said to give it 2 weeks, and if it wasn't better, then he would maybe re-shape my tooth. I think that is a bad idea and I want another opinion. Something is obviously cracked somewhere, because he SORT OF helped the pain when he was sealing. Or there may be another reason that it still hurts. But my teeth have never had issues as far as where they sit, or needing re-shaping. Even if he re-shaped it, I feel as if the problem would still exist, and I would just have a funny new shaped tooth.

It is hard to know what to do in cases like this.

Many times people who grit their teeth fracture them. This could be you. The "test" is to put a temporary crown on the tooth. If the pain goes away and stays gone for a month, you are home free, and can proceed with a final crown. If it doesn't, a root canal will be necessary.

Incidentally, try to have a PARTIAL crown done, like an onlay or 3/4 crown, so not so much tooth structure will be lost.
Posted 8 years ago
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