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Have toothache, teeth chipping away, numbness in lower lip. Is it a simple dental problem?

I had a toothache in one of my upper left side, and noticed that some of the tooth was chipping away. I have an appointment with my dentist . Then, I had pain in my lower last tooth, which felt like I had a piece of meat stuck in it. I could not remove any thing that may have been stuck with flossing, brushing or using a toothpick. Since I have an appointment, I wasn t too concerned. But this morning I woke up with a numb lower left lip and chin . I don t know if I should go to the er only to have them tell me it s nothing, and on the same hand I don t want to leave it until my appointment and find out it s something way worse. Can you tell me if this is a simple dental thing, or is it worse.
Asked On : Thu, 2 Aug 2012
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Dentist, Prosthodontics 's  Response
The lower last tooth along with the chipped tooth, both need dental attention. The Numbness may be due to the infection in the tooth along with the excessive use of tooth pick in the area which unintentionally may have bruised the gum in the area or else would have irritated the nerve in the tooth itself. Please do not further use toothpick or brush in that area, but do warm saline gargles (3-4times/day) along with chlorhxidine mouthwash twice a day. You will also need a course of antibiotics along with some anti inflamatory drugs to resolve the infection and reduce tha pain. It does not seem to be a serious problem but i strongly advice you to not delay your dental visit.
Answered: Sun, 5 Aug 2012
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Dentist Dr. Bibhu Dutt Nanda's  Response
hello and welcome to hcm forum,
i am glad you wrote in, first of all the tooth which is hurting you the most needs a dentists attention first, the numbness on the lower lip and chin is most probably due to the infection present in yo,
ur lower tooth, i cannot rule out the cause of infection and pain until checked clinically, but can assure you that it is nothing serious,
do not floss too much, instead rinse your mouth with an antibacterial (betadine) mouth wash or warm saline water.
also take an anti-inflammatory for temporary relief of pain,
kindly visit your dentist soon.
i wish you good health,
take care.
Answered: Thu, 2 Aug 2012
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