I wanted to get some advice. I had a check up not too long ago and everything was great. However, recently I’ve been having pain in my lower back teeth. It is hard to describe. It feels a bit like someone is pulling on the teeth and then letting go. I have never had a cavity before so I don’t know what that feels like. Could it be from that? I’m not grinding my teeth when it happens, so I don’t think it is from that. Have you heard of this before?
My first concern is that your dentist doesn’t seem to have addressed your teeth grinding. This is quite serious. You can actually end up grinding your teeth down to nubs. In addition, it can lead to TMJ problems by throwing off your bite.
This is such a simple thing to fix I don’t understand why your dentist hasn’t dealt with it. Wearing a simple nightguard can save you tens of thousands of dollars. Once your teeth get ground down to nubs, you are looking at a $30,000 full-mouth reconstruction.
There are some dentists who will only look at things like cavities and ignore other issues. such as TMJ Disorder, gum disease, and occlusion. All off those are important.
I’m going to recommend you get a second opinion from a dentist who may be more thorough than your current one. As for the pain you are experiencing, bear in mind I haven’t examined you or seen any x-rays. I’m just going by your description.
It doesn’t sound like a cavity to me. Based on what you’ve said, two possibilities come to mind. The first is gum disease. That’s a big deal because by the time you start feeling pain, there is usually significant bone loss, which could lead to you losing your teeth. I want you to get that evaluated as soon as possible.
A second possibility is from the tooth grinding. You are likely doing it at night when you aren’t aware it is happening, but the pain you’ve described can happen even when you aren’t grinding your teeth. I mentioned earlier the nightguard. That would be another very important issue to deal with.
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