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Old 10-17-2014, 08:23 AM
Location: Norman, OK
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So, I was eating a handful of nuts yesterday and actually picked up a pistachio still in the shell. I chomped down and hit the shell with my left side of my mouth. Ugh...

Since then, my jaw has been kind of sore (I don't have TMJ according to the oral surgeon but some jaw muscle issues that cause them to be sore when chewing for too long). This morning, the gums on the lower left are really sore. I brushed and flossed the area, which seemed to make it maybe feel a little worse. However, I have been eating and drinking on that side of my mouth and so far no sharp pains or anything our of the ordinary.

I guess my question is - would I know soon if I have cracked or fractured a tooth on that side from the shell? Are there noticeable symptoms to watch out for? Or, is this something that takes days to materialize? I am very nervous because I have already had two root canals (one for a severely recessed and infected tooth, the other from cracking the tooth due to a mussel shell, which I felt right away...) and they were both very, very unpleasant. Thanks.
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Old 10-20-2014, 09:50 AM
Location: Raleigh
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well it seems like its been about 3 days. how does it feel now?
id go see a dentist and prepare for some xrays
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Old 10-21-2014, 12:24 PM
Location: Norman, OK
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I still don't have great pain when biting or eating on that side. But I still feel a bit of soreness and discomfort with the lower teeth, though, which still concerns me. I looked at my teeth though and I don't see anything chipped or cracked. Maybe it is lingering soreness in the gums?
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Old 06-25-2016, 08:47 AM
Location: East Texas
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Angry Detecting a fractured root in a tooth

We usually cannot see a hairline fracture in a tooth and we sure can't see one in the root ! That's what X-rays are for. X rays can pick up a fractured tooth/root and I don't know what can heal those! I had an oral surgeon dig my fractured root out in tiny pieces and was put to sleep for it. 2 thousand bucks.
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