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Old 06-02-2017, 12:58 PM   #1
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Toothache due to suspected cracked teeth

The first time I had toothache was around half a year ago maybe and it was upon chewing on food that was kind of hard. The pain wasn't there all the time and I didn't check it out. Few months ago, I had cold sensitivity when eating ice-cream which lasted around 10 mins. I also had some pain when chewing on meat that was hard to chew apart and caused a sharp pain. Recently I also feel pain and feel uncomfortable when I bite on certain types of food and at a certain spot on the upper back molar but was not as painful as before. I also feel a dull ache from time to time kind of like a gum inflammation type of pain, and at times the adjacent tooth would feel weird and uncomfortable like it was also being affected somehow. I know for a fact that my tooth is at least a bit chipped off coz I can feel it and I even checked with a dental mirror.

I went to see 3 dentists already and all of them can't do anything and seems to make my teeth hurt more by tapping on it and one dentist used a metal end and pushed against it, asking if it hurts?? Told me no use to do filling as it is only a bit chipped, it may be a possible crack and asked me to see endodontist.

I haven't seen endo yet as I'm afraid of paying so much and being disappointed with the outcome of not finding out what is wrong with my tooth. I also am hesitant about doing root canal as I heard negatives things about it. I have another dentist appointment with a different dentist coming up in a few days as I was considering just extracting the tooth but the pain is not severe to the point where I wanna lose a tooth but this has been frustrating for awhile, I have been changing the booking for this dentist a few times as I want to see if my tooth pain improves. Anyone else had similar experience or any advice on what I should do?

Also, has anyone had a back molar extraction and does it feel weird or difficult to chew food?

 
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Old 06-03-2017, 11:37 AM   #2
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I have lost a couple of back teeth over the years and never had any trouble with other teeth shifting nor felt the need to get an implant as both were next to the wisdom teeth. No problem with chewing at all. If you decide to go with an extraction I would HIGHLY recommend going with a highly referred oral surgeon. I have had several other teeth root canaled closer to the front and they seemed to work out well except for one that still given me a slight sensitivity although the 2 dentists I see say nothing is wrong with that tooth.

In general I would try to save teeth where you can but if you do not have insurance root canals are very expensive when getting the crown afterwards. Typically when I had the sensation that you described it eventually needed to be addressed through either root canal or extraction. Never had any implants done as they are so expensive these days nor needed one.

Good luck I know its no fun!

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Old 06-03-2017, 12:47 PM   #3
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I have lost a couple of back teeth over the years and never had any trouble with other teeth shifting nor felt the need to get an implant as both were next to the wisdom teeth. No problem with chewing at all. If you decide to go with an extraction I would HIGHLY recommend going with a highly referred oral surgeon. I have had several other teeth root canaled closer to the front and they seemed to work out well except for one that still given me a slight sensitivity although the 2 dentists I see say nothing is wrong with that tooth.

In general I would try to save teeth where you can but if you do not have insurance root canals are very expensive when getting the crown afterwards. Typically when I had the sensation that you described it eventually needed to be addressed through either root canal or extraction. Never had any implants done as they are so expensive these days nor needed one.

Good luck I know its no fun!

Hi, what were the reasons that you needed extractions? Should I go with an Oral Surgeon even for regular molars and not wisdom teeth? Did you have any complications with extractions?

For the front tooth that you said was sensitive, was it crowned? I wonder if shaving down original tooth would cause sensitivity since it would be down to the dentin? My front bottom tooth chipped off a bit recently and I can see a straight line down the middle that I heard is called a craze line but it looks very scary and like the tooth is about to break apart. I have been feeling pain on that one, and cold and hot sensitivity, do you know if that feeling would eventually disappear in time?

Seems all my teeth have been feeling different and weak recently, is it possible the inflammation from the back molar can spread to other teeth causing problems?

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Old 06-03-2017, 02:42 PM   #4
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Hi the reason that I needed the 2 extractions were those 2 teeth had after a period of sensitivity were giving me pain that was starting to impact my sleep which is usually an indication that you will need to have something done. One had a crack in it and the oral surgeon said either needed an extraction and/or implant. I would say an oral surgeon that is highly recommended would be the best path for any extraction. Both extractions that I had were done with novacaine and a valium for anxiety ahead of the procedure. The alternative was to be put under which I did not consider necessary and wasn't an issue. Many years back I did have 2 wisdom teeth pulled and was put under at that time. I had no complications for any of the extractions as both took about 10 days to 2 weeks to fully heal (to where I felt that I could eat normally again) which is typical. The gums take some months to fully heal but the first 2 weeks is the worst and where you have to be careful.

The one front tooth I had a root canal on I never had it crowned and have had no issues with it since the procedure was done a couple of years back. The other 2 I had crowns put on. Typically if you are having sensitivity in my cases it typically got worse until I had some work done. If you have enough inflammation in a back tooth it could impact some of the other teeth in terms of sensitivity if it gets bad which is called referred pain. Its good that you are going in to see the dentist!

Keep us posted on your progress!

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Old 06-10-2017, 03:10 AM   #5
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Hi the reason that I needed the 2 extractions were those 2 teeth had after a period of sensitivity were giving me pain that was starting to impact my sleep which is usually an indication that you will need to have something done. One had a crack in it and the oral surgeon said either needed an extraction and/or implant. I would say an oral surgeon that is highly recommended would be the best path for any extraction. Both extractions that I had were done with novacaine and a valium for anxiety ahead of the procedure. The alternative was to be put under which I did not consider necessary and wasn't an issue. Many years back I did have 2 wisdom teeth pulled and was put under at that time. I had no complications for any of the extractions as both took about 10 days to 2 weeks to fully heal (to where I felt that I could eat normally again) which is typical. The gums take some months to fully heal but the first 2 weeks is the worst and where you have to be careful.

The one front tooth I had a root canal on I never had it crowned and have had no issues with it since the procedure was done a couple of years back. The other 2 I had crowns put on. Typically if you are having sensitivity in my cases it typically got worse until I had some work done. If you have enough inflammation in a back tooth it could impact some of the other teeth in terms of sensitivity if it gets bad which is called referred pain. Its good that you are going in to see the dentist!

Keep us posted on your progress!
Hi again, I ended up changing my dentist appt to June 19th as I really want to delay having to extract my molar and want to see if the pain goes away. The inflammation seems to have died down but still hurts a bit, but the teeth near that area and the front top teeth doesn't feel right anymore, especially after i brush my teeth, just this weird feeling hard to describe like kinda numb or tender.

My front bottom tooth is still very sensitive especially eating cold and hot. I already asked 2 dentists about this, one tells me to use sensitive toothpaste coz if she fills it she will have to shave it down a bit and she doesn't want to do that. the other dentist was going to fill it but says it will break off again after sometime because of eating, and ended up not filling yet coz he says he is out of time and probably had to go to lunch. I feel like no dentists want to help me.

Are there other remedies for the sensitive one due to being chipped down to the dentin? I heard something can be applied on top to protect it or something? I been so stressed about this whole situation, don't know what I can do anymore besides bear with this pain.

 
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Old 06-10-2017, 05:37 AM   #6
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Re: Toothache due to suspected cracked teeth

My front bottom tooth is still very sensitive especially eating cold and hot. I already asked 2 dentists about this, one tells me to use sensitive toothpaste coz if she fills it she will have to shave it down a bit and she doesn't want to do that. the other dentist was going to fill it but says it will break off again after sometime because of eating, and ended up not filling yet coz he says he is out of time and probably had to go to lunch. I feel like no dentists want to help me.


It's not that they don't want to help you. It's that they are both telling you that ultimately you will be spending the money for the procedure and it won't help your issue. That is good dentistry, to tell a patient that.

Have you tried the toothpaste for sensitive teeth and are you using it every day

 
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Old 06-10-2017, 06:21 AM   #7
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My front bottom tooth is still very sensitive especially eating cold and hot. I already asked 2 dentists about this, one tells me to use sensitive toothpaste coz if she fills it she will have to shave it down a bit and she doesn't want to do that. the other dentist was going to fill it but says it will break off again after sometime because of eating, and ended up not filling yet coz he says he is out of time and probably had to go to lunch. I feel like no dentists want to help me.


It's not that they don't want to help you. It's that they are both telling you that ultimately you will be spending the money for the procedure and it won't help your issue. That is good dentistry, to tell a patient that.

Have you tried the toothpaste for sensitive teeth and are you using it every day
yes actually I tried sensodyne hoping it would help with the back molar even before the sensitive teeth at front happened and I think it was what caused my front tooth to chip after it has already been weak coz the sensodyne is so abrasive and super minty too, I used it for 2 days and stopped right away, it caused my molar tooth to hurt too. Recently I tried the Colgate repair and protect with arginine but it doesn't seem to help, a few of my adjacent teeth feel bad now too.

I heard about crest sensi strips but I'm scared it will make it worse and its not readily avail. where I'm at, I have to source it online somehow. Or are there sealants or bonding material we can buy somewhere?

What I don't understand is some people get their teeth shaven down quite a lot for veneers etc. but don't feel any sensitivity or hv problems?

 
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Old 06-13-2017, 02:16 PM   #8
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Hi I have had success at times using Sensodyne toothpaste for sensitivity and it usually only takes a week to get somewhat better. If this didn't work for you I'd discuss other options with your dentist. This seems to help for surface issues but not necessarily for pulp inflammation issues so it might help to give it a shot first. I would definitely seek out all other possibilities before having a tooth extracted and consider that a last measure. Lastly and perhaps MOST important I would make sure you find a dentist that you have confidence with which it sounds like you do not. That is VERY important for your success going forward. I would try to get a referral from those you trust. Best wishes!

 
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Hi I have had success at times using Sensodyne toothpaste for sensitivity and it usually only takes a week to get somewhat better. If this didn't work for you I'd discuss other options with your dentist. This seems to help for surface issues but not necessarily for pulp inflammation issues so it might help to give it a shot first. I would definitely seek out all other possibilities before having a tooth extracted and consider that a last measure. Lastly and perhaps MOST important I would make sure you find a dentist that you have confidence with which it sounds like you do not. That is VERY important for your success going forward. I would try to get a referral from those you trust. Best wishes!
So I went to the dentist that is nearby to see if he can fill the front tooth, and he says can't, saying something about that it will stick up and will be in the way but I didn't think so because there are adjacent teeth that are even higher than that one as is. He didn't even check carefully the crack line I told him about and find out the cause of the pain. He just says he wants to take X-ray to see if nerve is infected and says if still hurts then I can get root canal with crown or extract but coz the space is tight, I can't get implant.

For back molar, he suggested trying a metal ring to put around the crown of tooth to see if pain improves, if not then would be root canal with crown or extract. He says coz it might be cracked, the root canal may only be around 60% successful.

I regret going to this dentist, in total I have seen 4 dentists and have wasted on consultation fee, and I prices I was told for treatment on the phone was different than what the dentists told me later, his reason was the molar may be cracked and can be more complicated as the root may break during extraction etc... well he doesn't even know yet. Seems like a scam.

The next appt is with a previous dentist on July 3rd, which is much further away but seems prices are more accurate, hopefully they won't scam me when I go in for treatment. So I guess now within these 2 weeks I will have to decide what treatment or whether I do treatment for both front and back teeth. I'm swaying towards the molar just extracting it and then the tooth root canal and crown if I can't bear this pain, is that what you would choose?

I just want all this pain to go away soon.

 
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Old 06-20-2017, 01:42 PM   #10
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Sorry you are having trouble with the pain I know its no fun I've been there before as have many here. Have you considered going to an endodonist who is a root canal specialist who could give you a good opinion? I would think you would need an x-ray to determine if a cracked tooth would have good odds of being saved.

If I were you I'd get the tooth worked on first that is giving you the most pain. Sometimes you can have what is called referred pain if a tooth is really bothering you meaning some of the other nerves in other teeth can ache. That way when the most problematic tooth is dealt with you can better assess things from there. The thing is I would see an endodonist about that front tooth because you want to save it if possible since it will be visible when you smile. If the molar is far back and you have no other options then an extraction would be a consideration which I have had done myself by an oral surgeon.

Keep us posted on your July 3rd appointment and wishing you a pain free result!

 
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Sorry you are having trouble with the pain I know its no fun I've been there before as have many here. Have you considered going to an endodonist who is a root canal specialist who could give you a good opinion? I would think you would need an x-ray to determine if a cracked tooth would have good odds of being saved.

If I were you I'd get the tooth worked on first that is giving you the most pain. Sometimes you can have what is called referred pain if a tooth is really bothering you meaning some of the other nerves in other teeth can ache. That way when the most problematic tooth is dealt with you can better assess things from there. The thing is I would see an endodonist about that front tooth because you want to save it if possible since it will be visible when you smile. If the molar is far back and you have no other options then an extraction would be a consideration which I have had done myself by an oral surgeon.

Keep us posted on your July 3rd appointment and wishing you a pain free result!
Hey I was reading other posts and saw you reply to a thread regarding your adjacent tooth throbbing after root canal. I have that throbbing pain and discomfort on about 2 teeth to the right of my painful front incisor, and the feeling comes and goes and more noticeable when I'm not doing much like lying down. And the pain of the front incisor disappears whenever the other 2 teeth to the right throbs with discomfort and alternates back and forth so I think it has something to do with the nerves of the incisor being affected?

So in the end how did u cure the throbbing tooth?

For the July 3rd appt Im still deciding on going or not or postponing and observing a bit longer coz he was going to try filling it but to do so he has to file it down a bit in order for the filling to stick, but I'm thinking it might make my tooth even more painful coz of the further lost of dentin, and then the end result might be root canal but he said even then not all my sensitivity will go away? And he said that normally he doesn't recommend root canals unless there is pulp infection?

Did your front teeth sensitivity go completely away after the root canals and feels completely back to normal before any problems started?

 
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Hey I was reading other posts and saw you reply to a thread regarding your adjacent tooth throbbing after root canal. I have that throbbing pain and discomfort on about 2 teeth to the right of my painful front incisor, and the feeling comes and goes and more noticeable when I'm not doing much like lying down. And the pain of the front incisor disappears whenever the other 2 teeth to the right throbs with discomfort and alternates back and forth so I think it has something to do with the nerves of the incisor being affected?

So in the end how did u cure the throbbing tooth?

For the July 3rd appt Im still deciding on going or not or postponing and observing a bit longer coz he was going to try filling it but to do so he has to file it down a bit in order for the filling to stick, but I'm thinking it might make my tooth even more painful coz of the further lost of dentin, and then the end result might be root canal but he said even then not all my sensitivity will go away? And he said that normally he doesn't recommend root canals unless there is pulp infection?

Did your front teeth sensitivity go completely away after the root canals and feels completely back to normal before any problems started?
Hi...once I got the tooth root canalled it solved the referred pain. I did have one root canal where pain lingered for at least 6 months afterwards but did slowly get better. Was wondering if you went in for your appointment today? Yes typically a root canal is for pulp infection are you sure that is not your issue? Typically you have hot and cold sensitivity that gradually gets worse over time. Hope things get better soon!!

 
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Hi...once I got the tooth root canalled it solved the referred pain. I did have one root canal where pain lingered for at least 6 months afterwards but did slowly get better. Was wondering if you went in for your appointment today? Yes typically a root canal is for pulp infection are you sure that is not your issue? Typically you have hot and cold sensitivity that gradually gets worse over time. Hope things get better soon!!
Yes I ended up getting a filling, he only filled a thin layer on the front and top part of my front tooth. He didn't do it too well which he then had to fix a bit and he used a wrong colour, what a headache! He said he would have to shave it off to change the colour again so I decided to wait and see if it still hurts and maybe change colour next time. It's been a few days and it still hurts more or less the same as before. By the way I tried homeopathy medicine last night after I heard that it might cure nerve pain, have u heard of it or tried? I think right after I took a dose I felt worse actually.

So the next step is to wait to see and decide if I need a root canal ultimately, but not sure how long I should wait and see. He did tap on my teeth to see if I feel pain which I find very irritating coz I already have chipped and broken teeth and it didn't hurt me so its not an infection right now, probably inflammation.

And for the upper molar, it still hurts sometimes when I eat certain foods which feels so annoying, but I heard the root canal on upper molars failure rate is high so again I guess will wait a bit more and decide if I want it extracted, I keep delaying coz I don't wanna regret coz theres no going back but this toothache is such a hindrance to my daily functioning.

 
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Yes I ended up getting a filling, he only filled a thin layer on the front and top part of my front tooth. He didn't do it too well which he then had to fix a bit and he used a wrong colour, what a headache! He said he would have to shave it off to change the colour again so I decided to wait and see if it still hurts and maybe change colour next time. It's been a few days and it still hurts more or less the same as before. By the way I tried homeopathy medicine last night after I heard that it might cure nerve pain, have u heard of it or tried? I think right after I took a dose I felt worse actually.

So the next step is to wait to see and decide if I need a root canal ultimately, but not sure how long I should wait and see. He did tap on my teeth to see if I feel pain which I find very irritating coz I already have chipped and broken teeth and it didn't hurt me so its not an infection right now, probably inflammation.

And for the upper molar, it still hurts sometimes when I eat certain foods which feels so annoying, but I heard the root canal on upper molars failure rate is high so again I guess will wait a bit more and decide if I want it extracted, I keep delaying coz I don't wanna regret coz theres no going back but this toothache is such a hindrance to my daily functioning.
Oh no wrong color? I would make sure you address that with him if its a front tooth they can easily put some bonding material to make the color right on a tooth. I have had that done on several teeth to help improve my smile. Sorry to hear it didn't improve your pain issue! I've never tried homeopathy when it comes to dental work.

If the tap test didn't cause any pain that is unusual but you might be right it may be some inflammation around the tooth or the dental ligament. I've had a couple of upper molars root canaled with no problems but all were done by an endodonist not a dentist.

Best of luck and keep us posted on how things go!

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Oh no wrong color? I would make sure you address that with him if its a front tooth they can easily put some bonding material to make the color right on a tooth. I have had that done on several teeth to help improve my smile. Sorry to hear it didn't improve your pain issue! I've never tried homeopathy when it comes to dental work.

If the tap test didn't cause any pain that is unusual but you might be right it may be some inflammation around the tooth or the dental ligament. I've had a couple of upper molars root canaled with no problems but all were done by an endodonist not a dentist.

Best of luck and keep us posted on how things go!

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Hi again, my teeth problems are still not fixed! For the upper molar, I went to a nearby dentist recently hoping he will just extract it and then he asks me some questions, examines me a bit and tells me he won't do it and says its not worth it to extract a tooth at this stage as I can still go to work and sleep each day!? And he also doesn't know the cause of the pain that I have so he is worried that even if it is extracted, the pain might still be there after because that happened with one of his patients. so now I'm just monitoring this tooth more to see if it will get better or worse but it is still bothersome as the pain comes and goes.

For my front tooth, some of the composite filling material seems to have wore off, is this normal to happen in just over a month? and the tooth has been feeling weird and like something is pressing against it everyday, other times there is a pulsating feeling, it has not gotten better. and whats worse is that my front bottom gums are all red, swollen and gums are receding, i dunno if its a coincidence that i hv some gum disease problems at this time or is it caused by this problem incisor along with the filling I got! my top teeth feel weird with bleeding swollen gums also, I don't get it, why suddenly one problem comes after another within just a few months. the dentists don't even know how to cure this problem.

if anyone out there knows what I'm talking about or have a similar problem, i hope you can give me a solution coz i can't even eat properly anymore.

 
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