Why Do My Teeth Hurt When I Have a Cold?

When you have a cold is not uncommon to have tooth pain or gum pain, and most of the time, it’s nothing to worry about. Here are two of the most common reasons why you may have painful teeth during a cold.

Sinus Pressure

When you have a cold, your sinus cavities just above your upper back teeth can become filled with mucus, making these teeth feel sore. Relieve the pressure by placing a warm damp towel around your nose and cheeks, but if the pain persists, see your doctor just in case you have a sinus infection.

Dry Mouth

When your nose is blocked, breathing through your mouth can result in a dry mouth. Continually breathing through your mouth can dry out your teeth and gums, and lips and a lack of saliva can lead to more plaque buildup over your teeth. This can increase the risk of tooth decay and other dental infections, so regular brushing and flossing are even more important. When you cannot breathe through your nose, make sure you drink plenty of water. Also, many decongestants and painkillers can cause dry mouth, so after taking these medicines, make sure you have a glass of water.

How Long Will My Orthodontics Take?

One of the most common questions about orthodontic treatment is how long will it take to complete, and it’s a tricky one to answer. The exact time needed can vary considerably because every person has different issues requiring correction.

Usually, if treatment is pretty straightforward and there are just a few teeth that need straightening, treatment may be completed within 6 to 12 months. A more complex case where teeth require significant realignment can take two years. Most of the time, treatment is complete in around a year to 18 months.

The time needed also depends on the type of appliance chosen. For example, traditional fixed metal and ceramic braces can provide faster results than lingual braces fitted to the inside surfaces of teeth. Also, lingual braces tend to need more adjustments and more appointments. Invisalign is a popular system that realigns teeth using clear plastic aligners, but it can also take longer because only minor changes are achieved when the aligners are changed every two weeks.

Some people have teeth that move relatively quickly, while others have teeth that don’t respond as well to treatment. The best way to make sure your treatment finishes as soon as possible and achieves the best results is to follow your dentist’s advice.

Four Unusual Teeth Problems You May Not Have Heard of

As your child grows up, we keep a close eye on the development of their teeth and jaws. The following conditions are rare but treatable.

Hypodontia and Anodontia

Hypodontia is where several teeth don’t develop. Anodontia is where some or all the teeth fail to form. It can affect baby teeth but is more commonly found in adult teeth. Both are genetic disorders, and missing teeth can be replaced, initially with dentures and eventually with dental implants.

Talon Cusps

A talon cusp is a conical like growth that develops towards the back of a tooth. It can irritate the gums and is difficult to keep clean and cause other problems like malocclusion or tooth overcrowding. Sometimes a talon cusp contains the dental pulp, and root canal therapy might be needed. However, the most common treatment is to grind the cusp down.

Geminated Teeth

This condition is where two teeth develop from a single bud, resulting in an overlarge tooth with two separate dental pulps but just a single root.  If the tooth isn’t too big, we may leave it alone to see if it falls out naturally, but otherwise, we can extract it.

Hypodontia

With this condition, extra teeth form, most often in the upper arch, but they may not erupt. Their development can delay the eruption of other teeth and cause overcrowding. Treatments include tooth extraction or orthodontics.