My bottom front teeth have been throbbing for a few days now. The pain ranges from mild and tolerable to where I don't want to talk and just feel nauseous. It feels similar to the throbbing I get when using whitening strips, since my teeth are too sensitive for them. I noticed this happened after flossing my teeth a little too hard, so I thought maybe I just irritated the gums. It's hard to tell exactly where the pain originates from since it radiates through the area.
My bottom and top teeth are a little too close. Sometimes they hit, and I noticed tiny chipping on my lower teeth! My old dentist filed down the back of my top teeth, which helped temporarily, but I think they have shifted a little more again. I'm actually doing to my new dentist tomorrow to ask about everything, but wanted to get some opinions in case anyone has been through something similar, so make sure the dentist's opinion sounds reasonable. I'm wondering if one tooth could have gotten slightly worse over this week. I thought about asking about bonding and also a nightguard. I occasionally grind my teeth, but I mainly just want to protect these front teeth. I can control it during the day by keeping my teeth separated. I saw that veneers and lumineers are options for chipping, but I think that would only make my teeth too close again.
In the long run, I'd like to get invisalign and do plan on getting some information. Unfortunately I am going through some other health issues, and with the cost, it just has to wait for now. My teeth are not that bad and just a little crowded. Also, the chipping is very minor. You really have to look up very close in the mirror to notice it.
If anyone has any helpful tips, please let me know
I was using a toothpaste with baking soda and peroxide, which I realize I should no longer be using! I switched over to an enamel-protecting sensitivity toothpaste. Also, I noticed that if I completely covered my lower teeth area with gum (I know, kind of random!) the throbbing went away. I definitely need some kind of protective barrier over wherever it's coming from. I noticed a slight improvement over the past couple of days. Today I went a few hours before the throbbing started!
PS - I'm also a little concerned about the nightguard idea. Are they really as uncomfortable as I've heard? I'd like to see if there is a softer, more flexible option. If it's a harder piece, I don't think it will work as well for the front teeth if the tops have chipping. I'm a light sleeper and often wake up uncomfortable. I have neck issues that radiate pain up into my face, so I worry that the nightguard might make that even more uncomfortable! Most people I know say they are a little bulky compared to some other similar options. I'm interested in the devices that go between the molars on either side and are connected by a bar too.