Oral Health

Posted by: Cathy | 2008/07/11


Re: Post 108

Dear Doc.

Since I last posted on this forum, I have made some phone calls to various Dentists around Cape Town to ask what the trouble could be and they all seem to tell me to go the route canal route without me finishing explaining what I am experiencing.

I would just like to mention a few things I have been experiencing over the last week.

1. When it first started it was my front right tooth that was aching badly. It has now seemed to move more towards the back of my mouth on the right hand side. At times it felt as though the actual tooth was aching then it seemed to be higher up almost in the gum area. I have no signs what so ever of redness or swelling or anything like that.

2. The area further to the back and the same front tooth as mentioned before is not at all sensitive to anything cold, but to hot. Hot food does not affect it at all. Cold drinks don't affect it, but hot drinks, do. Strange. It's not a brief pain, it seems to be for about a minute or so then the sharp pain goes away, but I am still aware of a bit of an ache for a while still.

Sorry if this is a dumb question, but is it in any way possible that cold weather could cause toothache. Although I did say that hot beverages hurts my teeth it seems as though this all started when the weather in CT got so cold. Also, I have done alot of reading on route canals and it does not seem like that is what is the problem here. I could wrong, tho, that's why I want your opinion.

Please shed some light on what could be the problem here. I would really appreciate it.

Thank you.

Expert's Reply


Oral health expert

cold whether is unlikely to cuase the type of pain you describe.
you say you have called dentists around cape town, why did you not go in for a consultation?
it is very difficult to determine the cause of pain just by a verbal or in this case a written explanataion of the symptoms.
Many aspects need to be looked at- severity of bite, nature/position of teeth, health of gums etc.
the general rule is if the tooth reacts to hot sensations, a root canal is necessary

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Posted by: butterfly | 2008/07/16

Hi there Doc,

i would like to know firstly i have lost most of my top back teeth and am now relying on my bottom teech and top front to bit on, i need to know what is my best option regards replacing my top teeth and does this fall uder cosmetic or will my medical aid cover it



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Posted by: Cathy | 2008/07/11

Thanx for your reply doc. I do realize going in is probably better, I am just shocked at how expensive a root canal is!!! I don't have medical aid.

I will make an appointment and see what they say.

Thanx again!

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