Hi, I am a known "clencher and grinder" at night. Because of this, my upper back tooth on the right side lost part of the filling. As more time went by, the tooth started falling apart. I know I should have gone to the dentist, but I didn't. Finally, there were 2 small pieces of the tooth left, and they were really loose. So I just pulled them out and there was some bleeding, but then just an empty hole. I still clench and grind (I have an overbite, which doesn't help matters.) Lately, I've been having pain in my upper jaw on the right, where the tooth fell out. I'm worried maybe the roots are still in there. The more I worry about it, the more the pain comes. If the roots were still up there, would I be able to feel them with my tongue? It just feels like an empty gap, like when the dentist pulls your tooth. The tooth came out about 6 months ago. There is still some pain around the gum, but no swelling or fever, etc. I just keep obsessing about the area and thinking I have these huge, rotting roots in my upper gum and that's why I get this mild pain, even though it's most likely due to my constant teeth clenching at night. Please just let me know if the roots were still in there, would I be able to feel the tips of them with my tongue? Because I don't feel anything there, just an empty gum. Would the roots come out on there own little by little? There is absolutely no tooth left. Thanks so much for any info!

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  • Dr.Ritz

    Dr.Ritz 11 - April - 2012, at 05:09 AM

  • If the hole or the tooth socket has not filled even after 6 months of pulling the tooth fragments then definitely the roots of the teeth are left inside. It is not always that you will feel them with the tongue as they may be deeop inside. To confirm it you have to go to the dentist and get the X-ray done. You should get it pulled out as it is the potential source of infection. For tooth grinding you should wear the night guard otherwise all the teeth will meet with the same fate and the deep bite will keep on increasing. For more info on teeth grinding you can visit the following link.....http://www.identalhub.com/article_signs-symptoms-and-effects-of-bruxism-11.aspx

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