Help on Tingling Teeth and Gums?

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Hi All,

My top and bottom front Teeth and Gums are tingling and throbing (not painfull but very uncomfortable and making me depressed). Its not so bad in the morning when I wake up but as the day goes past it gets stronger / worst and then starts to also tingle my face and makes me very upset. This has been going on for over 2 months now and started with a tooth that I had root canal on about 5 years ago. Eating and hot drinks seem to help (seems like chewing takes my mind of the tingle / throbing).

Any ideas?

Here is a history of what happen. Any advice would be most greatful as this is really making me upset and depressed. Sorry in advance for the long post...

Not sure if relevant but the last thing that happened before my problems was I was Stressed with work / Clenching teeth (mainly the back teeth - don't think I am grinding my front teeth as they don't meet) and also tried a new Listering Mouthwash.

20 Sept – bottom front tooth (RCT 5 years ago) - tingle / mild throb. very Itchy / irritated and tongue kept playing with it which made it worst.

6 Oct – the problem did not go away after 2 weeks so went to see Dentist1. Xray and no fault found.

8 Oct – Went back to Dentist1 as tooth was still bothering me and this time he gave me 5 days of Amoxcillin antibiotics which made no difference.

11Oct - Went back to Dentist1 and asked him to Smoothed the front bottom tooth as it was a bit rough to see if that will stop me from playing with it with my tongue.

13 Oct - While this was going on I got a Ulcer underneath another front tooth (2 teeth further across the RCT tooth). I think caused by some hard food scraping the gum. I put some IGLU (ulcer cream) on it and the gum became red after a couple of days and I started playing with this teeth now aswell with my tongue and it started to feel irritated, itchy and mild throbing as well.

Then I bought some Corsodyl mouthwash and used for a few days which seem to make the Tingle / throb stronger but seem to help with the itching a bit. Then I stopped after a coupl of days as it seem to make the tingle / throbing stronger.

31st Oct - Not sure what happened but now the Gum between the top front 2 tooth became itchy , tingle / throb and one of the tooth was was a bit numb. (so now I have 3 tooth that seem to be casing me problems)

After a few days problem got worst and now my bottom 2 tooth and top tooth Tingle / throb. So bad that my whole face tingles.

10th Nov – when to see another dentist (dentist2) who said top tooth has a pocket 4 mm and gave me some Metronidazole antibiotic to try and asked me to use Corsodyl twice a day. The mouth wash seem to irritate my teeth more so I stopped after 4 days but kept on taking the antibiotics.

Only thing I have noticed since taking these new antibiotics is when I tap the RCT tooth on the side it is not as sensitive as before.

Now feels like both top and bottom of my gums are tingling / throbing/ slightly numb / headache. Eating and drinking hot drinks temporary relieves the pain. All this is really draining me out.

Today 16th Nov - I went to see Dentist number 3 and she gave my front set of tooth (top and bottom) a scale - it felt comfortable and seem to help with the itch but my teeth and gums are still tingling and throbing and also still tingling my face. She also tells me to keep on using Corsodyl but dilute it with water and only use once a day.

Sorry again for the long post but any advise will me more than welcomed as I am really desparate.

Many Thanks in Advance

Badchi
 
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Boy, am I glad to see I am not alone! This is the first time I have found someone else who has these symptoms. The hardest thing is to describe them, and you've done a good job. It's not pain, but a kind of cross between mild numbness, itching, and tingling. Also, it seems more in the roots or sockets than in the teeth themselves. When I am distracted and busy I notice it less, but when I am quiet I notice it more. Like you, it is nearly normal in the morning and gets worse as the day goes on and I get run down. I have had this for about a year and a half. Mine is more localized on the side teeth rather than the front, and it seems most pronounced on the upper left. Clenching my teeth became a reaction to it, and as you describe, chewing and eating helps. It started out of the blue. I had a cold, which sometimes makes your teeth feel like this, but when the cold cleared up, the sensation did not. I am hoping someone will respond to our pleas because, like you, I sometimes experience depression as a result of all this. My dentist sent me to an endodontist for a root canal which didn't help. Only distracted me from it for a few weeks. Next stop will be a neurologist I guess. Any help from others who have had this and found a cause would be hugely appreciated.
 
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Sorry this is a new one on me so I am leaving it for a dentist to respond...one will be along eventually!
 
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Yeah wow that's a tough one without seeing the xrays and the teeth. I could guess, but it would most likely be wrong. I would first check the root canaled tooth to make sure the root canal is okay. If it is a gum problem then a cleaning could help, but usually throbbing is more related to the teeth than gums I find. Yep this is too difficult to say without taking a look see.
 
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I have the exact problem right down to the tonguing which exacerbates the problem by turning the irritation into pain and also looks really hideous when one is in public. I have had the same problem for years and it also started after a root canal. Have now had three rerootings by different dentists with now a crown but the problem persists. Have now spent over £3000 on the problem.
Cordosyl mouth wash and gel did not really do anything to help. Sometimes seems to respond to antibiotics. have tried all kinds of toothpaste. I brush and floss and even use little dental brushes for additional brushing between the teeth. Sometimes it is so bad that I walk around with a toothpick between the teeth to ease the irritation. Clenching also provides some relief.
I am now referred to an oral and maxillofacial specialist who suggests that it may be neurolagia and no promises of a cure.

I know I am late joining this thread but if anyone has moved further on this prolem, I would really appreciate some insights.
 
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Hi Cantankerous,
I am still battling with the problem for nearly a year now!!! And seen many dentist, oral surgeon, TMJ specialist, acupuncture ..etc with no joy. The thing is there is no infection or damage to the the tooth so there is nothing they can do. I can still eat and sleep but when the pain builds up it is bad. Is this still the case for you?
I have since seen a doctor and for the last 3 months I have been on Gabapentin (nerve pain reliever) and also antidepressants which sort of helps me deal with the pain but it’s still there. The drugs have not affected my ability to work so that’s good as I was worried I would become some sort of zombie and get sacked J
I too chew tooth picks and plastic straws when the pain gets bad and also what really helps is chewing gum to distract the pain but the draw backs is jaw ache! Which is still better than the pain IMO.
I am still not sure if the pain (tingling / numb / dull ache..etc) is caused by a real problem in the tooth or is it my mind turning the sensation into pain. E.g. Root Canal Tooth do feel different and my mind homed into this sensation obsessively and turned it into pain so its on my mind 24/7 and made me hyper aware of my teeth and sensations in my mouth / tongue.
With the above my life is a lot more bearable now but I still want to be pain free. Next I am thinking of hypnosis.
Keep in touch
Thanks
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Hi Badchi

I am having the exact same problems as you and it has been going on for about three years now.

I have had a couple of root canals and although slightly sensitive the dentist does not think these are the problem and like yourself eating a chewing isn't a problem, i sleep fine at night so pain isn't waking me up and first thing in the morning i'm pain free but it builds over the day.

I feel like i should set up camp at my dentists as i'm always there.
I have been for scans on the sinus's, been to see the maxiofacial at the hospital, been put on medication to help relax the nerves and been under a pain management clinic but nothing has helped and now i have a referal to a periodontics specialist next week.

I know my gums are bad and now hopefully i can get this sorted out as although the pain isnt terribly bad living with it for years does tend to grind you down some what :cry:

Hope that you find some relief soon

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Hi Cariadqueen,

3 years is a long time! Mine started started during a stressfull period around Sept last year (my gums are fine as I had them checked out by periodontics specialist and I floss every day) - I always think like this time last year I was pain free! In the begining I found it really hard to cope with the pain and even broke down a few times and I am a man !!!! Its a good job we can sleep and eat (its like my escape from pain)....

Me to I am pain free in the morning so its not us grinding at night which what some dentist think!

Apart from the 3 of us here I don't know anyone else that has the same problem as us - I wish there was a cure :( or know what it is or some kind of pain OCD

Thanks for the moral support :)

Badchi
 
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It's reassuring actually to find others with the same problems as at times i think i must be going mad!

I find when im busy i dont tend to focus on the pain so much and it seems more bearable but if im alone and my mind wonders to it then it does seem to intensify, will wait to see what the perio guy says next week.

Onwards with the search to get things sorted out!

xx
 
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yes me to when not distracted and think about it the pain it does definatly intensify. The doctor thinks that we have trained out brain to identify the sensation as pain and now need to re-train our brain - harder said than done as its been so long... let us know how you get on with the perio :)
 
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Can any one sugest some thing that I can buy from over the counter to numb the gums or teeth(Oral gel or cream)?? Please!!

Dear friends, thank for posting about your similiar exprience, after reading all posts I now understand that I am not the only one going through such problem, I got some pain meds and others from a Dentist but no change at all, :giggle::giggle:
 
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Hi,

I am more or less 80/90% better now. If more than one dentist say the teeth and gum are fine then they are. What has happen is that the sensation is now inprinted in your mind - the mind is very powerful and can magnify the pain - its like your have trained your brain to become super hyper aware of the tingling.

Best thing to do it try best to forget about it - do sport, go out, get pissed, see friends and what works best for me is chewing gum when I can't stop focusing on it :)

Mine was so bad a year ago I was a complete wreak !

Good luck

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Hi,

I am more or less 80/90% better now. If more than one dentist say the teeth and gum are fine then they are. What has happen is that the sensation is now inprinted in your mind - the mind is very powerful and can magnify the pain - its like your have trained your brain to become super hyper aware of the tingling.

Best thing to do it try best to forget about it - do sport, go out, get pissed, see friends and what works best for me is chewing gum when I can't stop focusing on it :)

Mine was so bad a year ago I was a complete wreak !

Good luck

B:)
Thank you, let me try my best in line of what u said and I will see if it may help
 
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I was so glad to find this thread, as this is exactly what I have been experiencing. I know it's been a while since this thread was posted on, so not sure if anyone is still reading it, but thought I'd post anyway. I've been really worried about this sensation because my gums are a bit swollen, but I was at the dentist recently, who wasn't worried about it, and I have since been taking really, really good care of my teeth/gums. I was told the gums are receding some, so I wasn't sure if that was related to the swelling. The sensation of tingling/throbbing has really had me worried, though. The problem is, I have been overreacting to a lot of problems lately. Each time I go to the doctor with a concern it turns out to be nothing, so I've been reluctant to go spend money for a dental consultation only to be told once again that it's fine.

I'm thinking it's mostly in my mind, like you've all been saying. I can't see it being gum disease because my gums aren't red or bleeding or sore to the touch. I was thinking of going for another cleaning in NOvember when I have a bit more money and see what the dentist says then. Do you think it's a bad idea to wait, or is this probably mainly in my head?

I actually had this a few weeks ago and read that calcium depletion can be a cause. It seemed to go away when I started drinking more milk and has just returned this week...
 
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I am experiencing the same thing, on the bottom row where I can visibly see my gums receding. I thought it was from that, but now not so sure. I am amazing that there isn't a dentist on here with some answers :( I was suspicious of the over the counter product I used to whiten my teeth, but it's not consistent with the annoying sensation. Right now they are driving me bonkers. I'm stressed a lot too, which is something I've seen in previous threads. Definitely not my head making this up though LOL.

Hope to have some answers soon. Has any one had surgery before for receding gums?
 
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This reply is in response to numb/tingling sensations which come and go:
My best guess is that it is some kind of nerve damage but if the teeth/gums are otherwise sound and it is just annoying, then it is wise to try to 'live with it'.
Not really sth that can be diagnosed over the internet. Bear in mind that if it is a nerve problem, it won't necessarily go away if you remove the tooth, so in the absence of gum/dental disease 'living with it' is the most conservative option.
 
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I used to have a similar problem when I had old crowns on root filled teeth and the margin receded. Over a period of time had all the x rays and found no infection or any obvious problem, but was constantly having sensations in the teeth. It was only after I had my teeth recrowned and the margin sealed that it went away.

Pain or tingling isn't in your imagination, although you may become more aware of it if you obsess about it. I've had a similar problem with a back tooth that has a crack in it that was fixed with a good composite filling and over time it has settled down (by time I mean a couple of years). I've also had similar issues because of bite problems, which again settles when my bite is fixed. To a dentist the problem may not be obvious if it's just a tiny bit of your tooth contacting incorrectly, but it's a bit like a papercut - small enough to be insignificant to the health of your body, but extremely annoying psychologically.

You can also end up grinding in the day without realising especially if you are tense. Eating certain foods puts pressure on as well. I've noticed that at night my bite recovers from any bite problems but it can be worse in the day after eating, although I'm fine in the morning. You can get used to a misaligned bite and end up with these sensations but once the bite is adjusted they suddenly go away.
 
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Hi...

How has everyone got on??
i am experiencing the same problems now with also a strange taste in my mouth. X
 
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Hi...

How has everyone got on??
i am experiencing the same problems now with also a strange taste in my mouth. X

Get it checked out by a dentist. A bad taste could easily be infection.
 
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Hi everyone, I am new to this site and hopefully one of you can help allay my fears and anxieties.
I too suffer with tingling teeth. Mostly in one back molar but sometimes other molar teeth too. Hot/cold foods do not effect my teeth but like others have stated earlier, i am fine early in the day but as the day progressess, the tingles start to happen. I too have already had a tooth out which I thought may have been the cause. Also I have had an mri scan with revealed nothing. A few years ago (5) I had my teeth whitened, and also I do enjoy red wine. Can anyone shed any light on this annoying problem. Many thanks
 

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