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Shock like sensation in upper tooth post lunch. Reason?

I have an electric shock like sensation that started today a few hours after I ate lunch in an upper tooth right in front of the upper molar. There is no filling in the tooth. I had my teeth cleaned and checked earlier this week before this started and had no problems. I had this happen one other time but it was after a very deep cavity was filled and my dentist said the filling was conducting with the filling next to it. I just don t understand this one because there is no filling there. What can I do for this?
Asked On : Tue, 18 Sep 2012
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Dentist 's  Response
hello and welcome,
since you got your teeth cleaned recently,there is usually changes on your gums .gums will return to original position as the pus/calculus deposits moves or drains out.
this results in shock like sensation.
there may be chances of erosion /attrition/cervical abrasion of teeth which causes sensitivity.
visit your dentist and get the diagnosis.
use soft-bristled tooth brush and always brush your teeth from top to bottom,avoid horizontal brushing habits.
use desensitising paste like sensodent.
avoid excessive hot or cold foods.get toothcoloured restorations if there is abrasion on teeth causing wearing of teeth.
Answered: Fri, 19 Oct 2012
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Dentist Dr. Geoffrey Ward's  Response
Hello and thank you for your question.
You most likely have root exposure since the swelling of the gums is going down since you just had a cleaning. The best thing to do is use fluoridated mouth rinse and brush your teeth 2-3 times a day with sensodyne. Make sure after you brush you spit out the excess but do not rinse out your mouth. Let it sit in your mouth for at least a half hour. It will take about a month to help with the sensitivity. Patience is important for this. Also, don't whiten your teeth with whiteners, this will increase the electrical sensation sensitivity.

Best wishes and good health

Dr. Ward
Answered: Sat, 13 Oct 2012
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Dentist Dr. Udaykumar Bondre's  Response
Hello & welcome,

Shock like sensation in tooth that has not undergone any kind of dental treatment , may be because of that particular tooth has got hairline fracture or crack in it.

Presence of fracture line or crack along tooth surface can be diagnosed by clinical examination followed by x-ray taken at different angles to confirm the diagnosis.

This crack or fracture may occur by sudden heavy loads put on the teeth even unknowingly while eating any hard food stuff. It typically gives shocking pain in the affected tooth.

If the tooth if fractured then treatment will be extraction simply.

Shocking pain may occur due to sensitivity in the tooth caused by attrision or wearing of outer enamel layer. Even root exposure may lead to sensitivity followed by having shock like sensation in the tooth.

So, visit your dentist, get the oral cavity & teeth evaluated clinically & radio-graphically to start the treatment accordingly.

Take care.
Answered: Thu, 18 Oct 2012
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Dentist Dr. Inderpreet Singh's  Response
was an xray taken before the filling done ? teeth are sensitive when their nerves are exposed in the form of dentinal tubules. get an xray done first to know the extent of decay and whether root canal should have been done instead of just the filling.
use sensodyne for genralised sensitivity,
Answered: Thu, 18 Oct 2012
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Allergist and Immunologist Dr. Suman Kumar's  Response
sometimes sinus infection present this like
it is called referred pain
you get xray pns done waters view
meantime start metrogyl 200 mgm twice a day
tab diclofenic twice a day
tab rhinitidine 150 mgm in the morning
and hexidine mouth washes
take till you get xray pns and again post
Answered: Tue, 18 Sep 2012
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Dentist, Periodontics Dr. Saumya Khanna's  Response
hi, it can be a problem of tooth sensititvity , you can apply a good sensitivity paste like sensodyne and leave it on the affected area for 10 minutes then brush normally. Also use a fluoride containing mouthwash for 2 weeks.
take care
Answered: Thu, 18 Oct 2012
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Dentist Dr. Neha Sumra's  Response
Welcome to HCM
I read your query & would like to tell you that sometimes oral manifestation is due to some other systemic problem also like it can be due to sinus infection.Go for PNS X-Ray Water's View done.
If it occurs on half side of face then it can be neuralgic pain but there would be some trigger zones in that case, this type of pain is really intolerable & is very sharp in nature
If problem is dental only then it can be due to thinning of enamel of associated teeth.In this case you try with some desensitizing agent like Sensolin-SF gel.This might help you out.
Consult your dentist for further problem.

Take Care
Answered: Sat, 13 Oct 2012
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Dentist, Prosthodontics Dr. Shivangi Gajwani Jain's  Response
Thanks for posting your query.

Sometimes, due to presence of thin enamel on the tooth in certain areas, the shock like sensation can occur when the tooth comes in contact with very cold food/beverages. Even air can cause the sensation if the mouth is open.

Assuming that you do not have a sinus problem, then you can ask your dentist to apply a desensitizing agent on the concerned tooth. This will block the tubules resulting in reduced sensation which will eventually cease.
You may also use desensitizing tooth pastes like sensodent/shy NM etc for relief.

Hope you feel better soon.
Answered: Thu, 20 Sep 2012
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Dentist Dr. Sapna Purwaha's  Response
your dentist is right in case of two fillings together due ti
galvanic action patient experience shock like pain.
but also it case of cavity when food stucks same sensation
i would advice you to get the tooth clinically checked.
it seem to be a cavity.also get a xray done.
apply sensodent k toothpaste for 3-4min on qffected tooth
then rinse mouth for relief.
in case of cavity get it filled.
Answered: Thu, 20 Sep 2012
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