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Hi, there. At this point, dentists are only allowed to treat dental emergencies. If you’d like to try to send me some photos of your teeth, I can help you determine whether your dental problems warrant an emergency visit.
Okay, that’s fine. We can continue chatting without them. They just give me much better information about your teeth so I’m able to provide better advice.
If you are in severe pain, you should call to find a dentist who is seeing emergency patients. You will have to call around to multiple offices because each dentist may have a different policy right now. If you are only in mild or moderate pain, you will want to try to manage it at home with over the counter medications until you can get in to see your dentist.
Okay, it’s possible that you don’t have any cavities at all, but are feeling pain from heavy clenching and/or grinding your teeth at night. Many people are experiencing higher levels of stress and that can cause heavy forces while you sleep. You may want to get an over-the-counter mouthguard to separate the teeth and protect them from heavy forces while you sleep.
Otherwise, just manage with ibuprofen as needed. You only need to see a dentist in person if your pain intensifies and is unmanageable with medication OR you develop a swelling in your mouth, face or neck.
Does that answer your question?
It certainly could be cavities. The dark color and rough texture do fit the description of a cavity. You mentioned that you saw a dentist 1.5 years ago. Did you have any cavities then?
Did you have ALL of the cavities treated at that time? Or do you know that there were more cavities that were not filled?
Okay, I’m SO glad you were able to attach that photo. That gives me a MUCH better idea of where you are. If that tiny little black spot is a cavity, it is a very small one, and it will NOT progress to becoming a dental emergency before the dentists are back in business! So that is good news.
Your sensitivity is likely due to some gum recession and/or teeth grinding at night. You can purchase anti-sensitivity toothpaste, which may help, and wear an OTC mouthguards as I recommended earlier.
But the good news is that this is NOT a large cavity that requires immediate attention.
Yes, I can see those very clearly. The good news is that there are NO teeth showing evidence of large decay that could develop into an emergency within the next 3-6 months.
Any toothbrush is fine as long as it has soft bristles. An electric toothbrush will probably help you remove more plaque than a manual toothbrush. There are great instructional videos for brushing and flossing on youtube. I recommend those because it is much easier to watch a video than try to read through a written explanation. And YES, floss is essential to keeping your teeth clean.
It isn’t necessary to brush immediately after a meal. The most important thing is brushing and flossing before bedtime so that you go to sleep with clean teeth.
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Yes, you should definitely avoid the foods and drinks that make your teeth hurt! Carbonated drinks are acidic and sweets can cause cavities. Best to avoid them until you can see the dentist.