I having some pain between to back molars....one is crowned the other isn't....started a few weeks ago and now has gotten worse. food kept getting trapped back there and I flossed everyday. The crowned tooth is sensitive to cold foods not hot foods and the real tooth next to it is not giving me any trouble. Pain seems to be coming from the gums in between the teeth....Is this an emergency situation? It's Sunday. My dental plan just changed and the dentist I was going to doesn't accept my plan anymore..so I have to find a new dentist.
Person's Gender: Male
Person's Age: 59
flossing with periodental floss after every meal and rinsing with hydrogen peroxide and brushing with sensodyne type toothpaste and taking Ibruprofen.
Welcome to JustAnswer, and thank you for putting your trust in me!Although a conclusive identification of the problem will need to await a formal diagnostic session, the simultaneous onset of sensitivity and food impaction between two teeth is strongly suggestive of tooth decay at the point of contact between the adjacent teeth.Although this would not be considered an emergency if the symptoms are manageable, the situation could change rapidly if the decay leads to an acute inflammation in the pulp of a tooth ("pulpitis"). The longer the treatment of this problem is postponed, the greater is the probability of an acute pain event.Therefore, although this is not a matter of extreme urgency, arrangements should be made to see a dentist as soon as it is practical to do so. Delay may necessitate more complicated treatment, and the window of opportunity for some of your treatment options may close at any time. In the meantime, you should continue to keep the area clean by frequent flossing; this will minimize the periodontal damage to the gum tissue from food impaction.Hope this helps...
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