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Teeth No Longer Sensitive?

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Some years ago I had an unfortunate experience at the dentist. As a child, I was eating a candy cane. I bit it and the tooth cracked under the filling. Long story short there, my family had seen a really bad dentist who did a lot of work that didn't need to be done, including putting 8 fillings at one time in my mouth. He did not do this one properly and left an air space under the filling which is probably why it cracked. But that isn't the bad part. The dentist I was seeing after that had to put a new filling in, but it took up 3/4 of the tooth.

As a young adult, I began having pains on that side of my mouth, especially to cold and hot foods. So I went to the dentist and he said that I needed a crown on that tooth because the filling was breaking down. His two daughters were working for him. He told one of them to seat the crown. They began arguing over who would seat the crown. It was all very stupid. And then by the time they settled it, the stuff that they use had set up. So they had to remix it. Then one of them seated the crown. I can't remember which one. This was the permanent crown. When the temporary one as in place, the sensitivity to heat and cold had gone away although I do think I had been told not to eat or drink really cold or hot things lest it loosen the temporary one.

Well... As soon as the numbness wore off of my mouth, there was immdediate pain at that tooth. This is the bad part! Long story short there, somehow they had gotten the adhesive stuff from the crown down under my gums and it had set up. That made the gums swell up and there was a lot of irritation. To get the glue out, he had to cut my gums open and scrape down deep. Then I was told to apply straight flouride to the gums there every night. I did do that for a while but it was very unpleasant.

After that, I had sensitivty in that tooth. And then eventually a tooth on the other side. That tooth also cracked under the filling and during the process of putting in the crown, the tooth abcessed and I had to have a root canal.

I had been using Sensedyne and occasionally another brand of sensitive teeth toothpaste for years. And then I learned that I am intolerant to mint. So I had to quit using those toothpastes. I also can not have clove which is in some dental products.

I did buy some unflavored toothpaste for sensitive teeth. I got it online and it wasn't cheap. In the meantime, I bought some cheap cinnamon flavored Closeup. I was alternating them for a while but then I realized I have been using nothing but the Closeup. And no problems! So... Woo hoo! But... I don't know why the problem went away.


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