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Feel tightness in gum & mild swelling after putting new 4 unit dental bridge on upper molar teeth. Is this normal.How tight bridge should be any feedb?

Feel tightness in gum & mild swelling after putting new 4 unit dental bridge on upper molar teeth. Is this normal.How tight bridge should be any feedb?

No: Make sure you are flossing after each meal and make sure you are flossing under the bridge with a floss threader or superfloss. Swelling can occur if you are not flossing or not enough. Have your dentist check the fit and go over home care with you. ...Read more

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Tightness (Definition)

Tightness can mean different states at distinctive times. The most common is the complaint of tightness of chest, a feeling of discomfort, real or perceived, seen often in patients with asthma or panic disorder, or heart attack. Your physician ...Read more


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My gum papilla has a numb tingling feeling all day but looks normal. No pain besides the tightness gum feeling. So worry. Is it a tooth root problem?

My gum papilla has a numb tingling feeling all day but looks normal. No pain besides the tightness gum feeling. So worry. Is it a tooth root problem?

Root problem?: Could be from shifting teeth. More probably due to gum problem. Remember, what looks "normal" to you may look compromised to someone with professional training. Call your Dentist for an examination. ...Read more

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I feel the new bridge is causing tightness on my gum.Slightly uncomfortable especially when talking.What causes that. Would this go away or gum adjust?

I feel the new bridge is causing tightness on my gum.Slightly uncomfortable especially when talking.What causes that. Would this go away or gum adjust?

See below: Having these types of symptoms can best be solved by having your doctor perform a thorough evaluation. Only through this type of process can he/she discover what's going on and how best to help you. ...Read more

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Left sided jaw pain not bad pain just irratating pain level 3 and muscle cramping in jaw with tightness i chew gum all the time. Could this be tmj?

Left sided jaw pain not bad pain just irratating pain level 3 and muscle cramping in jaw with tightness i chew gum all the time. Could this be tmj?

Yes: 2 suggestions: 1) See your Dentist to evaluate your joints. Orthodontic and/or Oral Surgical consultations may be in order, and 2) Rest the joints...stop chewing gum. I know that's tough to do cold turkey, but if you stop chewing and symptoms diminish it's an important diagnostic test. ...Read more

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Allergy to propylene glycol. Used new toothpaste now gums are inflamed, mouth burns itchy throat tightness & sores on gums. Is PEG-8 the same as PG?

Allergy to propylene glycol.  Used new toothpaste now gums are inflamed, mouth burns itchy throat tightness & sores on gums.  Is PEG-8 the same as PG?

Nearly: PEG is propylene glycol. The 8 is the number of ethylene glycol units attached. It is used in a variety of products including toothpaste. If you are allergic to propylene glycol stop using PEG 8 products. ...Read more

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What could be causing a sporadic zapping pain in tooth then after a tight feeling in tooth and gum? This usually happens an hour after eating sweets

What could be causing a sporadic zapping pain in tooth then after a tight feeling in tooth and gum? This usually happens an hour after eating sweets

Zapping pain: This sort of pain needs to be diagnosed by a dentist. The common causes are decay, or a cracked tooth. Sometimes a neuritis can cause this. See a dentist for exam and treatment. ...Read more

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Is there any way I can personally help unswell my gums as funds are tight at the moment I cant afford to see a dentist for atleast a monthor so?

Is there any way I can personally help unswell my gums as funds are tight at the moment I cant afford to see a dentist for atleast a monthor so?

Determine the cause: If the cause of the swelling is bacteria stuck under the gumline where your toothbrush won't reach, then you'll need dental care to scrape and clean those pockets. After that, proper home care such as brushing your teeth and flossing, as well as regular professional cleanings should maintain them. Most offices accept credit cards and offer financing plans. Your Obamacare insurance may have dental. ...Read more

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I have loose teeth due to age and gum disease? How do I make the teeth not loose, but tight again?

I have loose teeth due to age and gum disease?  How do I make the teeth not loose, but tight again?

It's not age: It is gum disease - so aggressively treating the gum disease will help your teeth tighten up. Also, if you clench or grind your teeth during sleep, they can be loosened up - so you may benefit from a proper nightguard. At last resort, the teeth can be tied together by a skilled dentist so they reinforce each other. ...Read more

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I'm scared my tongue feels werid like it's num or some. My gums been feeling like it getting tight.I also take prozac (fluoxetine).What should I do?

I'm scared my tongue feels werid like it's num or some.  My gums been feeling like it getting tight.I also take prozac (fluoxetine).What should I do?

Maybe allergy: You may have an allergy to Prozac (fluoxetine) that could be serious. You should call your doctor immediately, and consider stopping prozac (fluoxetine). However, if you have been on Prozac (fluoxetine) a long time, this is less likely. It could be something else neurologic, rheumatologic or even electrolyte. . If any shortness of breath , or progression of symptoms, you should go to the er. ...Read more

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Are gum grafts, when healed, as tight around the tooth as "normal" gingiva attachment?

Are gum grafts, when healed, as tight around the tooth as "normal" gingiva attachment?

Yes: Recession of the gums = bone loss. The root of your tooth should be covered by gums and bone. Attached tissue is needed to avoid further recession and bone loss. Gum grafts increase the attached tissue on a tooth. If healthy, the attachment is strong and prevents further bone loss. If not properly cleaned, the gums get inflamed and the attachment becomes weaker. ...Read more

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When i chew gum my throat gets tight and also a little hard to breathe. Why is that?

When i chew gum my throat gets tight and also a little hard to breathe. Why is that?

Need Consultation: You may be having a spasm in your throat or lymph node enlargement. Go see your doctor as this is important to treat. ...Read more

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My friends top 4 false dentures get tight through the day, as though gums are swelling and experiencing pain also swollen cheek?

My friends top 4 false dentures get tight through the day, as though gums are swelling and experiencing pain also swollen cheek?

Dental visit: Get a dental exam and give your full medical history. Dentures can get tight with certain diseases such as paget's disease. ...Read more

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My front bottom teeth feels so tight and sore it hurt so much my gums feel swollen I need help it only happens at night or mid day.im only 15 help

My front bottom teeth feels so tight and sore  it hurt so much my gums feel swollen I need help it only happens at night or mid day.im only 15 help

See Your Dentist: When teeth move, they usually move toward the middle of the mouth. The lower front teeth are commonly at the center of the movement and since they are smaller, they tend to get more crowded and out of position. You should see a dentist. Maybe you simply need your teeth cleaned. It may be due to new teeth erupting. You won't know without a thorough exam. ...Read more

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I got inferior alveolar nerve damage 6 weeks ago sensation is back but my lip and gums still feel tight and heavy is this the last thing to come back?

I got inferior alveolar nerve damage 6 weeks ago sensation is back but my lip and gums still feel tight and heavy is this the last thing to come back?

Yes...6 Months: It is good that sensation is beginning to return. This is a very good sign that the nerve is repairing from the trauma. However, it can take up to 6 months and possibly even a little bit longer for full sensation to return. ...Read more

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I have a rash inside my mouth: lips, cheeks, on my gums. my tongue and corners of my mouth feel tight. what could this be?

I have a rash inside my mouth: lips, cheeks, on my gums. my tongue and corners of my mouth feel tight. what could this be?

Rash: would need to see a picture to tell you what it is. perform a virtual consult with a picture to help you ...Read more

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Flappy gums that I've always had behind my last bottom molar teeth- now feels like something broke the skin underneath one. Why? Sore, tight jaw in AM

Wisdom teeth: usually appear between the ages of 16 and 25. If you are experiencing pain, swollen lymph nodes and it does not go away or if you find it difficult to open your mouth, you should see a dentist for evaluation, x-ray and wisdom teeth removal. However, impacted wisdom teeth that are free from disease and symptoms should not be operated on. ...Read more

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Tooth extracted on 5.16. Still pain in gum line prior to extraction. Difficulty opening mouth - extraction side of jaw pops & is tight. Advice?

Tooth extracted on 5.16. Still pain in gum line prior to extraction. Difficulty opening mouth - extraction side of jaw pops & is tight. Advice?

Call: Post-op extractions can vary from person to person. The muscles may have suffered some trismus (tightening, spasms,) due to injection/s of the anesthetic, could be a TMJ/TMD issue that has been triggered, could just be the healing process. If in doubt, call and have it checked out. ...Read more

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Been on steroids for my sarcoid for 3 days now. In the afternoon my gums, teeth feel sore and nose stuffy . My head also feels tight. Why could this b?

Been on steroids for my sarcoid for 3 days now. In the afternoon my gums, teeth feel sore and nose stuffy . My head also feels tight. Why could this b?

Steroids?: This is not likely related to steroids although it is really WAY too early to tell. We are only talking three days. There could certainly be other confounding factors and considerations. Typical steroid course for sarcoid is long so you should watch weight carefully and exercise regularly. ...Read more

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Gums (Definition)

Gum are the pink soft tissue that forms a collar around our teeth, that collar acts as a gasket of sorts that protects the tooth roots and the bone that ...Read more