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I am interested in reactions others have had while visiting the dentist.  When I had to get my first cavity filled, I'll admit, out of vanity, I went with the white composite filling material.  I've had about 5 fillings, and I'm 27.  However as time has rolled along, I realize the composite material was my best choice as I developed a nickel and silver allergy.  I am a French horn player and had to switch to a gold plated mouthpiece because my silver one that I had played on for years started making my lips breakout.  Sometimes the reaction would develop into angular cheilitis, which would make performing painful.  My ears turn red, and a rash develops if I wear silver/nickel earrings.  

 

Last year I had to get a cavity filled, and ended up having a reaction to the composite filling material.  I had to visit the dentist three times in 1.5 months, and I'm used to only going a maximum of three times a year :(  He ended up leaving a thin layer of the sedative filling before placing another composite mixture on top, and he put a different type of bonding agent on the tooth.  This all happened Mar/Apr of 2012.

 

When I've gone in for my cleaning the past two times, they've asked about the tooth, and I've said that it's still a little swollen, but since there was no longer shooting pain through my tooth, jaw and ear, I didn't think too much of it.  However last week at my cleaning, I said it was still a little swollen and a bubble had formed on the gum.  I thought it was a canker sore...whoops!  They took an x-ray, and I got my first root canal yesterday :wacko: The x-rays from last year to this were night and day in the difference.  There were two black spots at the bottom of my tooth showing the root was infected, and they weren't there last year  :(

 

I go back in a few weeks for a crown, and the dentist said he would have to use the slightly weaker material on my tooth because the stronger one has silver in it.  

 

At my last dental appointment, I had a note written on my chart to use gluten free products.  I am awaiting my biopsy results from my GI, but I had a strong positive DGP igG on the blood test.  

 

My dentist is great and has even called himself to check on me after the filling problem last year, and the root canal yesterday.  He said he had heard of patients having a composite filling allergic reaction but that it is very rare, and he had never seen it.   I've read that celiac causes you to be intolerant of things you once were.  I already had other composite fillings in my mouth, but maybe since they were done before my celiac symptoms started showing, my body didn't perceive them as foreign objects and they had already healed?  That's pure speculation on my part  :P  Maybe celiac could be the reason for these changes?  It would be great if I could tell my dentist this because I can tell he's kind of perplexed why this is happening.

 

What reactions have you had to filling materials at the dentist?  Did you develop any over time?

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I bloat up after having my teeth cleaned.  I wonder if it will change when I have not eaten foods I am intolerant to for 6 months.  Bloating is one of my bodies favorite reactions to things which it doesn't like.

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so I recovered well from the root canal, but now after getting the temporary crown put on last week, it just doesn't feel right.  i got the "ditch" from my root canal tooth filled last Monday.  I had the sedative material taken out, and then permanent fill placed in my tooth, and then the dentist put on my temporary crown.  I have a dull pain, just like last year, which increases after eating, so if this doesn't magically get better, I am going to have to call the dentist on Tuesday.  I have gluten-free notated on my chart, but I wonder if something

that went in my mouth last week is aggravating it, and preventing it from fully healing?  If there isn't a nerve left in the tooth, does anybody have any other ideas why the tooth is hurting?  So frustrating  :(

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 I find if i don't wear my retainer often that my teeth will ache. The teeth are trying to move, in my case. Could it be something similar to yours?

 

From my years of braces and related items, whenever i had something put in it would take a good week before the ache and pain from them to go away.

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thanks for the idea, but I don't think it's that  :(  i've never had braces or a retainer, I just have one stubborn tooth haha  it's probably not even gluten in the product, but something else I seem to be reacting too.  I don't understand how it can hurt when the nerve is gone.  It's the same pain I experienced last year when having the filling initially filled.  It started out as a dull ache, and turned into shooting pain through my jaw and cheek and developed ear pain after letting it go a month.  I went to the doctor to make sure it wasn't an ear infection and was told it was inflamed, that's when I finally decided to go back to the dentist.  I tend to wait too long to take care of things.

 

I figured I'd give it until Tuesday, so that's it been a full week, but I it seems to be deja vu.  Maybe I should just request the dentist use the temporary sedative filling material always, and leave it at that.  if only that material had more strength :)

 


 

 I find if i don't wear my retainer often that my teeth will ache. The teeth are trying to move, in my case. Could it be something similar to yours?

 

From my years of braces and related items, whenever i had something put in it would take a good week before the ache and pain from them to go away.

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Hmmm...

 

That really screams a nerve issue then.

 

I have had a tooth that had to be surgically brought up (cutting into gum to expose, after healing a bracket for the braces is put on to 'pull' it up). For the longest time and every once in a while, it was very sensitive. Nothing like a tooth throbbing for no reason. This was probably due to the braces and even after. I'll notice it if i don't wear my retainer enough (due to teeth trying to move about despite the fact its been about 6 or so years since i had braces).

 

I've also heard that gritting and grinding teeth (either one can do this) can cause pain similar to what you describe. However, if the dentist hasn't noticed it (it would show by teeth wearing down and such), then that probably isn't it.

 

Do you have any issues with the enamel on your teeth?

 

I'm just rambling ideas for ya. Sometimes tossing ideas back and forth helps :)

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rambling and tossing ideas is much appreciated  :)  I asked about grinding, but he said my teeth didn't show any wear of grinding.  I don't have any enamel issues that I'm aware.  I think I've only had 5 fillings.  I pretty sure it's a reaction again to the new material that was placed last week.  I can't believe that I got a root canal, and felt fine two days later with the sedative filling, and now I'm having a reaction to what I'm guessing is the permanent material placed in the hole.  grrr it's like last year all over again.  I do not want the permanent crown placed over the teeth before getting rid of the pain.  Calling tomorrow morning! 

 

on a side note, I managed to somehow make this thread really wide, so I have to scroll across the bottom to read everything.  can anyone please tell me how to fix it?  it's only this particular thread.

Hmmm...

 

That really screams a nerve issue then.

 

I have had a tooth that had to be surgically brought up (cutting into gum to expose, after healing a bracket for the braces is put on to 'pull' it up). For the longest time and every once in a while, it was very sensitive. Nothing like a tooth throbbing for no reason. This was probably due to the braces and even after. I'll notice it if i don't wear my retainer enough (due to teeth trying to move about despite the fact its been about 6 or so years since i had braces).

 

I've also heard that gritting and grinding teeth (either one can do this) can cause pain similar to what you describe. However, if the dentist hasn't noticed it (it would show by teeth wearing down and such), then that probably isn't it.

 

Do you have any issues with the enamel on your teeth?

 

I'm just rambling ideas for ya. Sometimes tossing ideas back and forth helps :)

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so I had my dental appointment today.  My dentist took one look at my gum tissue and said it was puffy and there was some inflammation.  He thinks I may have had a reaction to the bonding agent used to hold the temporary crown in place.  In addition, he fixed a gap between the temporary and my real tooth so that food couldn't slide down easily.  I had been flossing, but the floss was going down without any resistance, it was one of my back teeth.  Food was getting stuck further down in the gum since it was inflamed.  He said he cleaned out a lot of food, so I'm sure that was helping to aggravate it even more.  yuck  :wacko:  They took the temp crown off, and placed another one on with a different bonding agent.  He said if it doesn't feel better by next week, then call again.  Fingers crossed the only time I have to go back is when I get the permanent crown!

 

 

*Before the temporary cap was placed back on, the dentist tapped an instrument on my tooth and asked if it hurt, it didn't, which is what made him think I was reacting to the bonding agent instead of the material that filled the tooth during the root canal.  I asked how it was possible for my cheek, jaw and ear to hurt since there wasn't a root in the tooth anymore, and he said since the gums were irritated that could irritate other nerves around that area, which was causing the pain.

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A water pick helps when your mouth is sensitive. It acts quite a bit like floss does. I used one a lot when i had my braces.

 

I thought that might help ya a bit if your sore :)

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hadn't even thought of that  :)  I was just reading about a water pik, and never realized that it cleaned better than flossing.  I think it would be a good investment, inside of paying for my dentist's vacations  :P  is there any brand or model you'd recommend?

A water pick helps when your mouth is sensitive. It acts quite a bit like floss does. I used one a lot when i had my braces.

 

I thought that might help ya a bit if your sore :)

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Honestly, I don't remember what brand mine is. I think it was a basic model. It did come with different heads though.

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no problem, and thanks for all the suggestions!  time to do some review reading and price comparison shopping   :)

Honestly, I don't remember what brand mine is. I think it was a basic model. It did come with different heads though.

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I ended up buying a Water Pik after reading reviews on Amazon.  I used Target's new price matching policy with the A.com price this afternoon, so I'm going to try it out tonight.  I'm a little too excited about it, but if spending $45 could prevent me from spending over $1500 for another root canal/crown in the future, I see it as a great investment.  Thanks for the idea!

 

http://www.amazon.com/Waterpik-WP-100-Ultra-Water-Flosser/dp/B000GLRREU/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1368143969&sr=8-1&keywords=water+pik

 

A water pick helps when your mouth is sensitive. It acts quite a bit like floss does. I used one a lot when i had my braces.

 

I thought that might help ya a bit if your sore :)

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