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Gum Pain Ask The Dentist Corinne Scalzitti Question:
Teeth Pain: I had my teeth cleaned and about 1.5 months later all my teeth started hurting.

I called a new Dentist and told him what was going on and he thought I was grinding my teeth, so he took off some old bonding off my front 4 teeth (was done for cosmetics reasons years ago) and put on 4 Veneers.

He fitted me with a HARD night guard, but the aching pain did not go away.

At the same time my cheeks on both sides feel swollen and it's defficult to swallow from time to time. I feel like I have had the flu (no fever).

I have been to an ENT, Oral Surgeon, Neurologist and an Endodontists for all this. The Oral Surgeon sent me to a Physical Theapist and he said I do not have TMJ. He thinks I have a micro bacterial infection. ...Visitor from TX

Answer:
I don't know why your teeth started hurting after the cleaning.

I am only guessing, but think that the symptoms you are having now may be related to the new veneers.

How wide your mouth is open when your teeth are together is called vertical dimension. If the new veneers are longer than your muscles can accomodate, you could have difficulty swallowing and have muscle pain (maybe resulting in your cheeks feeling swollen) because the bite is opened too much for the muscles to properly relax. I do think this could be TMJ related.

The hard night guard should help and prevent you from grinding during the night, but none of this will solve your problems if the vertical dimension of your bite is not correct.

Corinne Scalzitti, DMD, MAGD

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