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Floss getting snagged on "front" of tooth??

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Posted by: nac711  (8 years ago)
I was flossing the area around my right upper central incisor and I put the floss to the left of the gumline, then redirected my fingers to angle the floss, and went to pull it back out and the floss got stuck on the "front" of the tooth, if that makes sense. It was snagged from the outer side of the mouth, rather than the inside. It felt like it was stuck on something sharp, and the only way I could get the floss out was to slide it out, rather than pull back down through the teeth. I looked at the tooth and I can't see any chips or anything to cause that feeling, which was a weird sensation that made me cringe. The lateral incisor next to it has had some work done and is not straight, it is angled and it's always been slightly difficult to get floss in between the two teeth. I'm not sure what the dentist did to the tooth, but he didn't do a root canal. If I remember correctly, he drilled out most of the tooth and then made a new tooth of composite filling. The tooth does not have a crown and it feels very rough to the touch. Could the crowding of the two teeth cause a very part of the central incisor to chip or cause whatever made the floss do that? I'm currently being treated for TMD, going to be getting braces soon, and need a crown on a root canal (molar) that was done. My next dentist appointment is in 2 weeks. I'm really paranoid about going to the dentist as soon as something pops up so I don't need any more work done on my teeth. Is this something that can wait?
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I was flossing the area around my right upper central incisor and I put the floss to the left of the gumline, then redirected my fingers to angle the floss, and went to pull it back out and the floss got stuck on the "front" of the tooth, if that makes sense. It was snagged from the outer side of the mouth, rather than the inside. It felt like it was stuck on something sharp, and the only way I could get the floss out was to slide it out, rather than pull back down through the teeth. I looked at the tooth and I can't see any chips or anything to cause that feeling, which was a weird sensation that made me cringe. The lateral incisor next to it has had some work done and is not straight, it is angled and it's always been slightly difficult to get floss in between the two teeth. I'm not sure what the dentist did to the tooth, but he didn't do a root canal. If I remember correctly, he drilled out most of the tooth and then made a new tooth of composite filling. The tooth does not have a crown and it feels very rough to the touch. Could the crowding of the two teeth cause a very part of the central incisor to chip or cause whatever made the floss do that? I'm currently being treated for TMD, going to be getting braces soon, and need a crown on a root canal (molar) that was done. My next dentist appointment is in 2 weeks. I'm really paranoid about going to the dentist as soon as something pops up so I don't need any more work done on my teeth. Is this something that can wait?

The new filling probably has a jagged edge. Your dentist can fix this by smoothing it off with a finishing bur and sandpaper strips. Alterntately, you can have a crown done, but I would not recommend this until after orthodontics are completed.
Posted 8 years ago
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Posted by: nac711  (8 years ago)
Thank you for the reply. It's the tooth next to the one that had the filling where the floss is getting snagged. Could some of the composite material have gotten stuck to the tooth next to it, and that's what is catching the floss?
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Thank you for the reply. It's the tooth next to the one that had the filling where the floss is getting snagged. Could some of the composite material have gotten stuck to the tooth next to it, and that's what is catching the floss?

It is possible. It is also possible that tartar is on the root of the adjacent tooth. Either way, it will be an easy problem for your dentist to solve
Posted 8 years ago
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