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Elllllie

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About 2 weeks ago I was besides myself waiting on the test results of a family member. I wasn’t sleeping well at all. When I’m stressed I sometimes clench up and get tension headaches, but it’s never disrupted myself. About a week ago I started having a dull pain in a tooth. Wasn’t sure which one.

The dentist said nothing on the X-ray would point to pain. He did 4 fillings. Two ended up being deep ones.. he did warn me they could be sensitive for a few weeks.

Following the fillings I had sore injection sites, nicks from dental tools and developed canker sores on that side of my mouth. (Canker sores aren’t unusual for me)

It’s now been five days since the fillings and I can’t figure out what the pain is from... last night I woke up grinding my teeth pretty hard which was a surprise to me.

The pain is on my right side. Mostly the top..it feels like when you get something stuck between your teeth or floss too hard and get that gnawing pressure feeling. I haven’t taken meds but between all that going on I don’t know if all of this including the initial pain is from teeth grinding? That’s what the dentist originally thought but I dismissed it because I’ve never done it before to that extent.

I can’t get to a dentist before the 23rd at the earliest. Should I just wait it out? Can I do anything to help??

It doesn’t bother me too much to eat but I’m still really gentle.
Should I go out an buy a tooth guard? I’m scared I could damage my teeth further in my sleep.

Thank you
 
Niall Neeson

Niall Neeson

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Hi there,

Sorry to hear of the challenges you’ve been facing.

It is feasible that the grinding/ clenching may be causing or at least contributing to the pain you’re describing. The ligament that surrounds the tooth can become irritated which can present in a similar way to your description.

A guard to wear at nighttime would probably be helpful at this stage and would at the very least help to confirm the diagnosis/ cause. Usually a professionally, tailor-made guard is best. It may be worth seeing how quickly these can be fabricated locally. Some practices may even have a lab on site and be able to get something turned around pretty quickly.

In the meantime, I would consider some relaxation techniques before bed as that can help reduce the extent of the grinding. If you have used yoga, meditation or even deep breathing techniques then these are helpful. If not then there are decent apps such as ‘Calm’ that can help with relaxation before sleep.

You will definitely benefit from professional management of this, maybe even with a specialist but in the mean time simple measures like relaxation, soft diet, avoiding gum etc can only help.
 
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Elllllie

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Thank you so much for taking the time to reply to me. I will do that!
 
Niall Neeson

Niall Neeson

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Great stuff. Look forward to hearing how things go 👍
 
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