Umm... Do cavities hurt or anything? I think I chipped my tooth with my tongue ring, but then I thought maybe it's a cavity. I've never had a cavity, though, so is there any other signs of cavities that I can use to figure out which it is???
Max, like SunshineMelissa says, sugar and cold can indicate a highly sensitive area. You coould also take a simple ice cube and place it on the tooth you suspect is bothering you. Also place it on the adjacent teeth on either side of the one you suspect is the problem. Sometimes one tooth can be affected and it makes it seem like another tooth is the one affected.
I'm nearly 41 and I've never had a cavity or a filling. That being said, I have had several time that I was in your place where something was hurting my teeth, but I had no point of reference. This is what was happening to me:
As we grow older, your gums can reced just a little bit (I am fastidious with brushing and flossing, but not to the point that I am causing my gums to recede - my dentist said that this was normal). When this happens, I will get a place on the upper side of my tooth that is very sensative to cold, and kind of has shooting pains. This is because a little bit of teeth that has been protected by the gums is now exposed and has to "toughen up".
My thoughts are this - if you have this pain area on the side of your tooth, kinda towards the gum, you might be having some receding gums. Often this IS a problem caused by either too vigorous brushing or not enought.
Addtionally, you can chip a tooth, but also create fine hairline fractures in the tooth that could cause you some pain. These need to be checked by a dentist to see if the crack(s) are serious.
If it continues to hurt, you probably need to go see a dentist just to be sure.
My still kills me even though he knows I have no insurance and I've been going to him for over a decade. Expensive MF, but I have a hard time leaving nice, quality people that do a good job and know all about me for someone new. Same problem with the guy who cuts my hair.
How often do you visit the dentist, Max?
I go 2-3 times a year. It adds up, but it's cheaper to get cleanings and checkups than to get fillings. I'd go less frequently if I wasn't so genetically predisposed to tooth and gum decay.
Well it doesn't seem to be responding to cold at all... I should go to the dentist, it's been an embarrasingly long time. But I don't have health insurance (I don't even have a job) and besides, I'm mortally afraid of dentists
Sometimes yes sometimes no. Depends on size and shape of cavity, and anatomical and biochemical characteristics of the tooth (same tooth can vary somewhat from individual to individual).
Sometimes large carious lesions can be painless; sometimes teensy lesions can be quite painful. Both in re to sensitivity to cold, and in re to sensitivy to food chemicals such as concentrated sugar.
If your tooth is sensitive to hot foods, it means it is probably dying, and will need root-canal treatment and a prosthetic crown, if you don't want to lose its functionality as a tooth, altogether. If it is sensitivy to cold, that means it is quite alive, and not likely to die any time soon.
my dad's best friend is a dentist and im still embarassed to say how long it's been since i've been to the dentist. i just take really good care of my teeth. the only time i got a cavity is when i was pregnant 7 years ago. the dentist told me that women's teeth get soft when they are pregnant. who knew?
I have had nearly every tooth in my head filled at least once. Some of them have been filled 3 times!!! I brush and drank gallons of milk as a child and adult (so much for that theory). I have had cavities, cracks, nicks, and chips out of my teeth. My dentist makes a good living off me but I still have all but 1 tooth even if one of them is a large crown attached by two steel rods inserted into the root. Are you squirming Max Power? Get to the dentist before you have some permanant damage done to your tooth. Going to the dentist is not such a bad thing. They play soothing music and you get a free tooth brush. Maybe a rubber tongue ring would be better. (Sorry for that, I just couldn't resist.) Try using tooth paste for sensitive teeth for a few weeks. That may actually help if it is a sensitive tooth and not a cavity.
I love to go to the dentist. Call me crazy. My teeth feel great after my cleanings. I agree with Epski that you should go often because you can keep your teeth up. I go twice a year and actually look forward to it.
ok a little late, but i just wanted to add: just go. go go go go go to the dentist. PLEASE. you dont want your mouth to be like mine. ive had so many cavaties and getting them fixed is NO BIG DEAL at all, but my latest experience is an abcess, yummy. and i just lost my isurance. so i need a root canal now.
it started off as just a cavity, i let it go, then some of the tooth chipped off, i let it go, then the hole got bigger and bigger and the other morning i noticed a nasty fatty lump on my gums next to my tooth. how cute. so see? dont put it off anymore, okay?
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