Tooth Itch – uncommon but may indicate a potential problem.
Some symptoms of dental problems are fairly obvious. A toothache will certainly mean that you need to see a dentist right away, and gums that bleed are regularly a sign that you have gum disease that should be treated promptly at our Cheshunt practice.
Other symptoms can feel relatively minor, and you may decide do not warrant a trip to see one of the dentists at The Lodge Dental Street. One of these symptoms is when our teeth start to itch. But what does it mean and what action should you take?
The tooth itch
Unlike an itch on most other parts of our body, a tooth that feels itchy is particularly frustrating as we are unable to give it a satisfying scratch as we could elsewhere. The itch itself seems to come from the inner part of the tooth, a factor which could indicate that all is not well.
Root canal infection
One possible cause of an itchy tooth that would need investigating further, is a root canal infection. If you are feeling irritation inside the tooth, this could indicate that the nerves in the canals have become infected. The use of x-rays will be able to detect if there are any problems in that area, and, if diagnosed, you may need to undergo root canal treatment to preserve the tooth.
Sensitivity following a dental procedure
If you have recently undergone treatment which disrupts the structure of the tooth such as a filling, it is likely that you will experience some minor after effects once your local anaesthetic has worn off. If your tooth itches following such a procedure, it may be that the nerves and sensitive tissues are simply re-adjusting following your treatment.
If your ‘itch’ persists for more than a few days in an instance like this, you should call The Lodge Dental Suite to make an appointment to have the tooth looked at.
Although bleeding or sore gums, and possibly halitosis, are relatively common symptoms of gum disease, even an itch could indicate that there is some irritation of the gum tissue. If you experience persistent symptoms such as this between your regular visits, please contact us for advice. It may be that we find nothing of concern, but given that gum disease is a major contributor to tooth loss and can easily take hold, it is always better to check.
If you live in the Cheshunt or Broxbourne area and suffer from any symptom, even ‘minor’ ones, that are giving you cause for concern, remember that early detection and any necessary treatment is likely to be less invasive than if you ignore a problem, hoping that it will go away. Rather than wait and hope, please ‘phone The Lodge Dental Suite on 01992 643388 to arrange an appointment to have it checked. As always, our experienced team are on hand and will be pleased to help.