My dentist recommended to have my teeth cleaned every 4 months. He said that I have gingivitis. Also I just had 4 crowns replaced, numbers 4,5,6 and 14 two months ago. But lately my teeth became very sensitive especially the areas underneath the cheek bone on both sides. Lately I can feel the pressure on the temple when I chew on solid meat. I am due for a cleaning in early September, should I move up the appointment?
Person's Gender: Male
Person's Age: 63
Hello and thank you for asking.I am sorry you are experiencing this discomfort.If you had all of these crowns done at once or nearly so I have a few ideas. First, teeth with new crowns, up to a few months and sometimes longer, can be sensitive because the tooth enamel and dentin has been removed almost to the pulp where the nerve is located. Over time, the nerve recedes and the sensitivity gets less and less.Another thing that happens is that the occlusion (the way you bite) is changed, even if only slightly, and some teeth now may be high when you bite. The TMJ can become involved and musculature surrounding the condylar joint and cheek bone.Both of these things set up an inflammatory response in the teeth and surrounding structures and can cause discomfort.If it bothers you I would make an earlier appointment with your dentist and have the dentist look at the situation. He/she may want to equilibrate the bite or check for infection in the teeth with crowns and the surrounding teeth. You may have a new problem in a tooth that has yet to be treated.I hope this helps. If not, please write back after you rate! Thank you!