I've been using your complete mouth care system for the last 6 weeks and I'm very pleased with the initial results. My mouth has never felt so clean. I wasn't getting enough Xylitol from solely eating your Zellies mints so I bought packets of granular Xylitol and I'm planning to put it in my bottled water throughout the day so I can get my 6-10 grams. Is there such a thing as too much Xylitol? What if I had 20 grams a day?
I'm a 31 year old male who has been plagued with dental disease his entire life. I have fillings in almost every tooth, 4 crowns, and 1 root canal. My dentists have always blamed this on my lack of flossing. Its nice to know with your complete mouth care system that I'll finally be able to control the health of my mouth/teeth moving forward.
Also, I've bought your book on Amazon and I'm almost half way through. My girlfriend tells me I'm obsessed with my teeth. :)
On to my question...
In October of 2009 (well before I used your system) I had a large onlay fall out of tooth #19. I went to a new dentist the next day to have it fixed. She felt it was best to prepare the tooth with a crown rather than do another onlay. I went ahead and had the tooth prepared for a crown and had a temporary crown put in place. After the temporary crown was placed, the tooth was extremely pressure sensitive, but not hot/cold sensitive. I assumed it was because the crown was "temporary" and waited for the permanent crown to be placed. After the permanent crown was placed the pressure sensitivity got worse and the tooth became very hot/cold sensitive as well. 10 times a day the tooth would "zing" me as if I was chewing on tin foil. I called my dentist numerous times to tell her of my discomfort and all she told me was take advil and be patient and that it would improve over time. After 6 weeks I decided to find a new dentist. My new dentist saw nothing wrong with the xrays of the tooth and said my only option was to get a root canal through the crown. I went ahead with the procedure. The hot/cold sensitivity went away right away and I no longer felt the "zinging" sensation, but the tooth is still extremely pressure sensitive. I can't chew anything harder than soft macaroni without feeling sharp pains. I had the root canal back in December and I've been patiently waiting for the tooth to go back to normal, but it hasn't. The only problem left is the pressure when biting on anything. I'm getting impatient and want to be able to use my entire mouth again.
I want to have the tooth extracted and have an implant placed. My new dentist is very hesitant to pull the tooth and says my only other option is to have an Apicoectomy. I don't feel like wasting another $1500 (or whatever the cost for the procedure) just to be left with the same pain in the tooth. He is also telling me to wait and eventually the tooth will go back to normal. I've had 4 crowns and none of the others have felt like this. Could my tooth be cracked? Does it sometimes take a year or two for a tooth to go back to "normal"? Do you have any recommendations? When do you give up on a tooth and have it extracted and replaced with an implant?
Any advice would be appreciated.
- At 10 grams xylitol a day your dental benefits will not be increased by more ( 10 grams a day will give you maximum dental benefits it is called a plateau effect).
- Research shows frequency and timing may be more important than the total quantity.
- If you nibble xylitol ( as people do with my mints) they get lots of change and positive benefit.
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