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Gum and tooth hurt

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Posted by: Queen_of_hearts  (8 years ago)
Hi,

Lately, I noticed that every time I touch the part where the gum and tooth (upper right second molar) meet, I would feel pain. When I touch the tooth with my nail, it would send me through the roof. Both tooth and gum are sensitive to temperature as well. Does anyone have any idea what could be causing this? Please help! I am starting to get worried. Many thanks.
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Posted by: Novocaine  (8 years ago)
Hi,

Lately, I noticed that every time I touch the part where the gum and tooth (upper right second molar) meet, I would feel pain. When I touch the tooth with my nail, it would send me through the roof. Both tooth and gum are sensitive to temperature as well. Does anyone have any idea what could be causing this? Please help! I am starting to get worried. Many thanks.


Well, it sounds like you are experiencing hypersensitivity due to a cervical abrasion on your tooth. Ineffective brushing techniques are usually the primary cause. You can have them checked at a dentist's and depending on how far this has progressed, you could have this area filled and covered to avoid any future sensitivity. A check-up would also make sure if your tooth is suffering from an isolated periodontal infection (gum recession/exposure of dentin can contribute to sensitivity too) or not.

In any case, make sure you adopt proper brushing techniques and use a desensitizing toothpaste. Good luck!
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Hi,

Lately, I noticed that every time I touch the part where the gum and tooth (upper right second molar) meet, I would feel pain. When I touch the tooth with my nail, it would send me through the roof. Both tooth and gum are sensitive to temperature as well. Does anyone have any idea what could be causing this? Please help! I am starting to get worried. Many thanks.


This is cervical sensitivity probably due to abfractive wear on the tooth. If deep enough, filling with glass ionomer will stop the pain. If less deep, only a coating of desensitizer like Amalgambond would be necessary.
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