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Old 06-06-2019, 09:57 AM
 
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Hi

I switched from ordinary toothbrush to an electric about a year ago, and my teeth immediately got a lot cleaner. I have also tried to floss more often. Meanwhile I have wisdom teeth (I hope they're called this in English) or whatever they're called growing out in the back of the mouth. A couple of months ago I started getting a problem with this. On the upper side one is coming in a bit unaligned with the former last tooth. It has a very tiny distance from the last tooth on the tongue side making it hard to even get the floss thread in, while on the outer side/the cheek side it has a major gap, so there is a triangular area of gum in between, like this;

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I've put it more diagonal in the picture than it is irl, but the principle is the same.

When I chew hard bread or nuts or other things that are hard and brittle and cause small shards, they get pressed up in that triangle and stuck between the teeth and gum. The gum gets red and irritated and swells up. In order to get them out I need to floss like crazy which results in a ton of bleeding and the irritation doesn't go down until the next day.

When i went to the dentist they looked at it, took some x-rays and told me everything was in perfect condition, no problems as far as they could tell. What do I do? This has been going on 5, maybe 6 months now, and it gets painful every time I eat something brittle or sometime when I eat things with small seeds in them.

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Old 06-06-2019, 11:41 AM
 
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While I don't have exactly your problem with a wisdom tooth I do have all 4 of mine and my teeth are very crowded. It does make flossing annoying (they are so close together I can't clean between some of them, the floss gets stuck, breaks, and I'm left with those annoying little fibers having to work themselves loose).

If it was me I'd get the opinion of a couple of dentists or an orthodontist about the crooked one and the repeated gum inflammations. That can't be a good thing. Oral bacterial infections can lead to other health problems in addition to gum disease or tooth loss. It might be worth pulling or straightening the crooked tooth to avoid having to fight infections over and over again. There might be a way to re-shape the tooth a little so food particles are less likely to get trapped.
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Old 06-06-2019, 01:20 PM
 
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When i went to the dentist they looked at it, took some x-rays and told me everything was in perfect condition, no problems as far as they could tell. .

Did you tell them about the problem?



What you describe is a common problem with wisdom teeth and is one of the reasons they are frequently recommended to be extracted. But if you didn't tell them it's bothering you, they may have simply not mentioned it.
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Old 06-06-2019, 06:02 PM
 
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Did you tell them about the problem?



What you describe is a common problem with wisdom teeth and is one of the reasons they are frequently recommended to be extracted. But if you didn't tell them it's bothering you, they may have simply not mentioned it.
I went specifically for that.
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Old 06-06-2019, 06:31 PM
 
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Then contact them again, say you still have the problem, and you want a resolution for it. That's what you're paying them for, after all.
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Old 06-09-2019, 08:24 PM
 
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I've decided I'm gonna book an appointment at another dentist, that way I get a fresh second opinion.
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