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Gum Pain Feels Good
Is the ada website the best source for choosing a dentist? Any dentists on here have other resource ideas to find a good one? Gum pain.
Finding a dentist.: Personally, I think the best way to find a good dentist is to get recommendations from people who are intelligent, whom you respect as well as trust their judgement. It could be friends, relatives, neighbors, co-workers, or other healthcare professionals. That's where I get the vast majority of new patient referrals from.See 2 more doctor answers
Dull gum pain between #29 - 30. Xrays show no decay, minimal pocket, no bone loss. No bleeding or swelling. Contact is good but feels like food stuck?
Not uncommon: I often see patients with similar problems. Some patients are extremely aware of even the slightest changes in their mouth, & can pinpoint with amazing accuracy the slightest swelling of gums or variation of tooth or filling roughness. Once they have a cleaning, fillings polished & adhere to better oral hygiene the pain is gone. No need to search for unusual or uncommon neuropathic\other causes.See 3 more doctor answers
Any of infections..: Normally, a periodontal, or gingival abscess can cause such sudden reaction, and in most of cases 24 to 72 hours after eating pop corn or chips, or nuts, where they hide below gum line and detach the gum. Please note that "tooth/root infection" can also cause sudden pain in the gum.See 1 more doctor answer
Gum pain: It is best to see your dentist and find out what is causing this pain. To answer your question, yes there are quick solutions, but the dentist needs to diagnose what is the problem.See 1 more doctor answer
Physical discomfort: Is a localized physical suffering associated with gingivitis and/or periodontitis. It is a oral soft tissue sensation induced by a noxious stimulus, received by naked nerve endings, characterized by physical discomfort as pricking, throbbing, or aching. I hope this helps.See 4 more doctor answers
There is no: One pat simple answer. Your dentist can determine the cause of the pain (which may or may not be related to the receding gums), the fit and contours of the crown (which may or may not be a factor), your oral hygiene and brushing habits (a factor again?), the extent of the recession and if everything else is fine, possible gum grafting procedures.See 1 more doctor answer
Not uncommon: The edges of crowns are often placed below the gum line. Trauma from the procedure will cause irritation of the gum tissues. Ideally, do not put anything on the tissue to soothe it. An anti inflammatory medication should help. If it persists more than 2-3 days, contact the dentist.See 2 more doctor answers
When I have episodic, localized gum pain when I floss, the floss goes down deeper. I'm supposed to ignore pain & floss as far as it goes down, right?
No: Pain is an indicator that something is wrong. While I admire your diligence, it's possible that your flossing technique needs adjustment. It's also possible, if you are not receiving regular professional care, or you have a systemic problem, that you gave had damage to your gums/bone. Please see your Dentist for an assessment.See 1 more doctor answer
Clean, clean, clean: Cleaning is the first and always effective treatment for any pain. Keep the tooth and gum clean by brushing with soft bristle brush parallel to the gum surface. Bleeding of the gum, if exist, should alleviate or stop. Then consult with your dentist for treatment of underlying causes.See 1 more doctor answer
How old?: Graft site may develop keloid formation (scar) and upon remodeling, it may be sensitive or slight pain. If occur within 6 months to a year, it may be normal. If the graft site fail and the infection recur due to more bone loss, this must be treated. See your dentist for thorough exam and xray.See 1 more doctor answer
Is there a bump?: If you are having pain above a tooth, it is possible that you may be developing an abscess, which happens at the end of the root, underneath the gums. If there is a bump above (or below on a lower) the tooth, this may be a gum boil, where infection collects without anywhere to go. Have a dentist evaluate this asap to avoid a true dental emergency with swelling and severe pain.
Clove oil: Clove oil can be an effective oral anesthetic. In studies, it has performed just as well as topical Benzocaine (anbesol and oragel). It's safe when used correctly in small amounts, but can cause liver and respiratory problems when ingested in large quantities. It's found in health food stores. To use it, apply a very small amount to a cotton swab and apply gently to the affected area.See 1 more doctor answer
Food impaction: Open contact interproximally may cause food impaction and developed localized gum pain. If tooth is painful, nerve may be affected. Open margin on the crown may cause bone loss due to localized periodontitis. See your dentist for exam, diagnosis, and treatment.See 1 more doctor answer
OTC: Take some otc pain medication such as advil, motrin, aleve (naproxen) or what you would normally take for a headache. Avoid cold, hot and sweets if any of those stimuli elicit discomfort. Depending upon the nature of the dental problem, topical anesthetics such as orajel may or may not help. Nothing else you can do until your appointment. Perhaps move your appointment up?See 1 more doctor answer