I’ve never had a cavity so I don’t know what to expect. I do grind my teeth in my sleep, but I had a check-up just two months ago and everything was fine, so I don’t know what is causing this. Recently, I feel like someone is pulling on my back teeth for a second and then releasing. It’s happening on both sides of my back teeth. Is this a cavity or something else?
I’m concerned about what I’m hearing. You said everything was declared fine at your last appointment, but if you have been grinding your teeth than it most certainly isn’t alright. When you grind your teeth, it can lead to serious problems such as TMJ Disorder. Not to mention you can grind your teeth down to nubs. This will require you to need dental crowns on all your teeth. This type of full-mouth reconstruction is expensive.
Your dentist should have discussed this with you and warned you of the repercussions. This is especially true because the solution is to simply wear a nightguard.
It’s possible your dentist is just one of those bread and butter dentist who only looks at things like cavities and doesn’t check on other important issues such as bruxism and gum disease.
Your issue doesn’t seem like a cavity. However, bear in mind with anything I am telling you that I haven’t exactly examined you. Your situation sounds more like what would happen if you had gum disease. Though, for it to get to the point you have pain would be rather serious. You would be to the point of bone loss, which means you could start losing teeth.
Because you have just started feeling the pain, I tend to think it might be that you are experiencing pain because of your teeth grinding.
I’m going to recommend you see another dentist to get a thorough examination. At the very least you are going to need a nightguard. But, I’d like your gums checked as well.
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