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Struggling with strange sensations in some of my teeth again

I have had strange sensations in my lower right teeth / gum area for sometime ..

I find it so hard to rise above these sensations , like a contraction that comes and goes .. area feels as though it is burning / tingly / teeth feel like they are pulling in the sockets .

Dentist baffled !!

Put it down to nerves or stress or combined ....

Taking amitriptyline , 10 mg evening and GP has said I can take same amount again in morning or double evening what ever is best for me ..

I started to feel so much better prior to Christmas , been trying not to take full dose but starting today to take more as It is getting me down .

Wish I could rise above these issues , just like the dare response ...or to know exactly what the problem really is ..

Will it always be around or will it go ..

Wish I knew someone that had same issues ...

Please help if you can ...

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Hi there,

Sorry to hear of your trouble. I think the teeth sensation is due to anxiety. I've had this before and it's horrible. It's only when you accept it's anxiety and try and leave the feeling alone that it seems to go away.


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Thank you for your reply

I think one day it is nerve damage another day anxiety / stress combined and other days both !!!!

It is lovely to hear someone with similar issues ...

I get tongue thrusting , tongue wants to keep thrusting set areas that hurt / burn , get strange sensation like a burning feeling to lower 2 right teeth , comes and goes like a type of contraction ..

Been going on since last summer !

Could you please try to explain your sensations you experienced , how long ago , is it still apparent at times or still there ..

Would like to indepth as it is making me so down and miserable , scared ....alone

Please reply again


Yes it made me feel like I was going mad,

No of course that's absolutely fine.

I had the sensation that my teeth where either loose or they felt like I wanted to pull them out. It wasn't a burning sensation, more like an uncomfortable one. I used to brush them loads to try and get rid if the feeling.

I wonder if they burning is coming from you rubbing your mouth so much with your tougue?

Do you have this feeling constantly or is it more at night?


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It is worse through the day , seems to settle at night , although a few months back my anxiety was so bad the strange tooth feeling woke me at night and gave me a type of night terror .went to see my GP , he gave me 10 mg amitriptyline to take at night, this made a huge difference and everything settled , after 6 weeks started to feel sensations , which is slight burning , pulling / strange sensation that was like a contraction which kept coming and going during day .Gp up my dosage to take 10 mg in the morning also if I required it .. tried to manage with just 10 but this week started to take extra , it seems to deaden the horrid weird feeling ..

Get anxious as waiting for it to return !!!!

I also feel like not having the teeth in my mouth as it is a weird uncomfortable feeling / sensation which brings on my anxiety in my tummy when I feel the horrid sensations ..

The burning is mild but the whole feelings drives me in sane its as though it's not my mouth or body any more ..

Very hard to explain ..

How long did yours go on for till it stoppped ?

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Yes it's very hard to believe it's caused by anxiety as it feels more than just a panic.

I had mine on and off for a few weeks, then it went onto some problem with resting my legs at night.

I also thought about just not having teeth as it's sometimes so horrible to deal with, I thought that might be better.

I wonder if maybe you have a slight trapped nerve that may have started and that your anxiety has focused on it and made it so much worse. But the fact that it goes and had gone through the tablets just suggests it's plain anxiety.

It's those horrible feelings that your going insane which makes the anxiety worse, I wonder if your worrying that it's something serious health wise? Which may be making you feel more panicky?

It's like a vicious circle. This will go though, it's not permanent thing you will always have xx



It makes me so miserable .

I have tried the Dare approach (audio / book by Barry McDonough called Dare ..)

It is very helpful but still this thing wins !!!

Even my mouth keeps feeling weird with a post awaiting a crown to be fixed .. that feels so big and apparent even though its small , that feeling brings on anxiety in my tummy and feel really on edge and scared ..

Been taking more medication last few days but worry sometimes feelings want to come back and suddenly can get little reminders or body gets use to meds and horrid fear and sensations come creeping in .

So worried this will not leave me ..

The very first feeling I had in lower area was a strange tingling on my lower jaw , then strange sensation in two lower teeth , dentist took the nerves out it all settled but cane back .,

Even that led me to believe it was tooth problems , dentist said nothing is wrong on X-ray must be done neurological issue and / or

Stress ...

The calm with tablets helps but fear when it might West off and. One back .

Always can feel something strange but tablets numb it .. never appreciated my life before all this .. been going on for quite s few months ..,

Ruining my life



Yes this sounds like its been absolute hell for you.

So you've had all the checks and nothing seems out if place. It sound like it must be anxiety due to the calms working slightly.

I know from previous experience that when I worry so much about things not going away, the automatically get worse. It's like your mind can then focus on that one spot even more and make the feelings you have seem stronger than they are.

The tummy feeling is awful and again it's another sign that your worrying about this very much. How would you feel if someone told you that this is 1OO% stress and anxiety and nothing to do with health?

I just say ad sometimes we can over panic when we feel sensations because we believe they ate something harmful xx


If someone said it is only through stress worry anxiety I would deal with it , I think , ...

Have done lots of search on various nerve issues ..

It isant , up to now , severe shooting pains , anxiety / stress def makes things seem ultra sensitive ...

Feelings are like a slight burn , tingly weird sensation where I feel the teeth are pulling and sensations like they feel bigger then they are ..

Taken my amitriptyline night and morning for few days and feels like it is keeping sensations at bay ...

Worry about it returning , the feeling is so weird ..

It certainly hadn't been unbearable pain just unbearable sensations that start my tummy feeling and one thing leads to another ....

Vicious circle

Tried to deal with it without meds , stopped for 3 weeks late Nov to mid Dec and it all came back so started meds slowly and now on full amount for last few days which has more or less stopped it , feel it in a very numb way but next to nothing ...

It frightens me when I feel it ...


I think it's the fear of it coming back that is making you feel more sensations.

If you are scared of something all the time, you automatically pay attention to that area. But obviously this is not easy to just 'not be scared' as it is frightening.

What is your worst fear if this feeling comes back? I wonder if your having thoughts like "if it comes back, it won't ever go again"? Or " I couldn't cope with it again"



I think it is all the things you mentioned plus the thought of it coming back with revengance , then I would think the weird sensations were horrid difficult to deal with but wish I had that instead of some perm terrible nerve pain ..

When I have these sensations and around people I feel panicky inside and really sad and miserable ..

I hate the sensations and what it does can't imagine them ever leaving me , I have tiny sensations with meds , mess helps to calm me and my tummy , I have split second concerns ...

I wish I could go away and someone could just sort this out once and for all and I had my normal life back back ..

It is like living with an enemy that wants to keep frightening me and putting a lot of my life on hold ..

In the morning I get up and ready , feel better when out of bed and dressed ... take each day at a time then next morning it all starts again , sudden fear , etc ..

Comes during the day also but seems worse first thing ..

Going to anxiety support evening on Tuesday , all based on mindfulness ..

Having acupuncture as well , started last autumn .. thought that was what stopped it on one occasion now I just don't know ..

Wondered if I could be stronge enough to rise above all this ...

Did your issues start more through day opposed to night time ?


My issues started at night and I think that's because my mind doesn't relax at night when I'm laying there over thinking. Its so hard to get out of the unhelpful thought patterns but trust me, this will eventually fade.

It's the negative thinking things like "I can't cope if this comes back" or "am I having this forever" which creates your horrible tummy trouble, it also makes you focus on your mouth more which then "confirms" your fears, when realistically, it's just another horrible anxiety trick.

Anxiety certainly does feel like it ruins your life and please don't feel that you are alone in this journey.

Feeling like you are the only one with this problem can make you feel alone and scared.

It's awful to not just have a switch that can turn this off.

And yes, you are strong enough to get through this, you really are. These frightening feelings and thoughts are just one tiny part of who you are. Deep down there is a much more happier self within you that doesn't want to give up hope.

The support group sounds fab. I'm going to one myself soon. I'm actually at uni training to be a counsellor and even I have my terrible times where I need help myself. The more I try and accept that this is just a feeling (hard I know) the easier I can deal with it, and it seems to go away.



Thank you so much for caring and helping .

It would be lovely to stay in touch ..maybe help each other . Like having a friend that understands where exactly what life is putting you through ..

Maybe helping others at same time ..

I have done counselling training and counselled staff when I was managing a learning disability special needs unit ...

A few years back now .. I had not experienced any of this at time ..

Ironically doesn't always make a lot of different when you get hit yourself ..also done CRB course about a year ago , wasn't going through anything like this at the time .

I find these issues so awful not just mine but all the people on here , all ages , struggling ...

I think my past training has helped a little at times , but when it happens to you help is still required from somewhere ..

I have often thought of resent times I would love to help people

with anxiety .After going through it yourself makes it easier to know what others are feeling ... On a good day seems like a way forward to help others , on a voluntary basis ...

Hoping Tuesday will help , very small numbers which I think is good . Organiser seems very caring , and trained ...

You are obviously a young girl , can't find much about you on your profile ..Thankyou ..

Please stay in touch frequently if you can ..

After your issues you will be a great counsellor .. think one needs to experience to truly understand .

However counsellors need counsellors themselves .. from time to time ... I'm proof of that and my trainer has needed to seek a lot of counselling himself ...

Paulina xxxxxxx


Of course we can stay in touch, that would be lovely.

Yes I'm 27 so depending who you ask I think that's young. Haha.

No need to thank me, I just know how awful it is to feel so low and hopeless with it all.

Yes I think your spot on in that when you have good days, you tend to want to help others. And yes I find it helps lots to speak to someone who has gone through similar that can empathize with you rather than telling you "to just calm down" or "get over it".

You sounds like you have achieved lots and it sounds brilliant that you were managing such a vulnerable group in a caring role.

When I have bad times, I feel like I won't ever be able to do counselling but I do enjoy helping people when I ok myself.

Yes a small group sounds perfect for Tuesday. Even if you can learn a bit about anxiety again, it might help to freshen up on your awareness about it.




Find it so hard to believe anxiety can cause so much discomfort / dull ache/ dull type pain ....

Did you experience great discomfort / dull pain / as though teeth stretching out of sockets !!!!!!



Yes mine did go away after awhile. It was onky when I accepted it wasn't anything harmful that it went. Xx


Hi Paulina

I've come across your posts and I'm suffering terribly with a similar situation. Can I please ask how you are now? Thanks

Be good to talk to someone as the dentist has dismissed me and I feel like these teeth are taking over my life



Hi Sally but

Just noticed your message , sorry for late reply ..

Can you explain exactly what your feeling , sensations , pain , burning etc ...

I have had this for a year now and like you my dentist came to a decision that he couldn't do any more for me and advised me to visit my GP ..

I was offered amitriptyline to calm down my sensations and anxiety ..

I have had to try and rise above it and except the sensations ..

On occasions they go but return with anxiety .. meds help a bit .

Mindfulness , meditation helps ..

My dentist even took out the nerves to some teeth , he had been supportive but feels that it could be stress / anxiety .neuropathic or all 3 !

It helps knowing we are not alone ..

Stay in touch as it would help both of us x


I get most of my sensations to the right side of my mouth / teeth ..It is a type of pressure / burning sensation , use to be bottom right now it is top and bottom right ..

Like a contraction that comes and goes , bit nice , not severe pain but can start off anxiety when I have it .. does not bother me at night any more , starts up during day , if I am more active some times the sensations are more apparent although at times they go or they return ..hoping over time it will be history , as time goes by it seems a little easier to except and deal with x


Please get in contact with me Sally ,I know how horrid and difficult it is to deal with in the beginning x


Hi Paulina

Sorry for the delay. I've had 3 root canals in 6 months and had one of those crowned, lower 6... lower 7 was also a root canal but just filled... now I have 2 foreign feelings on my lower right side that my brain and mouth just won't accept. I constantly have to have chewing gum in my mouth so I can accept the feeling and relax. The dentist has dismissed me as ' she's never known anyone not to accept a crown'

Every day I struggle and yet people just tell me to learn to live with it or forget it.. as if I haven't tried. It's taking over my life and feel no one understands

Sally x


Hi Sally but

How are you coping ?

Any change to your situation ?

Paulina x



I also had lots of dentistry before all this happened .

2 of my lower , to right side , started to feel as though they were very big , like rocks ,and then came strange sensations , like burning feeling and my tongue wouldn't stop poking them , although that's stopped to a degree .

Are you suffering anxiety ?

How long has this been going on ?



Anxiety and stress can add to this problem



Hello Sally

How are you coping .

I would like to hear from you

Paulina xxxx


Hi Paulina. I have been suffering from a similar issue for 15 months. Has yours resolved?



Yes ( more or less )

It took a long time to settle , around 16/18 months !!!

Now I don't keep fretting over it and might just have a few seconds twinge or weird feel oppose to all day strange feeling / sensations for months on end .

Can you describe your feelings , how it's effecting you, any past gum problems or severe anxiety ?

I'm so glad it's subsided really drove me crazy at times and felt so anxious and down .


Hi Paulina21,

Firstly wow! I certainly didn’t think I’d come across other people describing this.

I am 27 and have felt odd sensations like this for years, I suffer with (currently undiagnosed) PTSD from childhood abuse. I am currently coming to the end of my studies in BSc Psychology.

I most often describe it as a feeling that my teeth in my top jaw are compressing on each other or growing out of their sockets. I also more commonly feel that my bottom front left teeth (incisors) are alien and have an urge to remove them or check them for looseness (which is never real). I chew gum or brush my teeth frequently to ease these sensations.

I have wondered however, whether anxiety causes these feelings through bruxism (teeth grinding/clenching), do you find yourself also clenching your teeth randomly? Perhaps this adds to the fear and anxiety and produces a vicious cycle.

I am relieved to hear that I am not alone in this bizarre sensation, anxiety is indeed a very strange and convincing problem. Most days it can leave us feeling completely insane.


Hi 7Raven

Sorry just noticed your message , otherwise would have replied earlier .

At the time I didn’t think I would meet anyone either with this issue .

Your issue sounds very much like mine .

It took 18 months to subside and first 6 were absolutely horrendous .

I was always ringing the Dentist on a weekly basis , drive myself crazy and him !!

A lot of it was due to horrendous stress and anxiety .

The more I stressed and became anxious the worse it got , I was so down and miserable .

A few dental issue were found on occasions which didn’t always help as soon as it was dealt with something else happened !

I truly believe I had possibly 2 root canals for no reason but I blame myself more then the Dentist .

He became so worried about my state of mind .

I’ve meant in line 2 other people with similar issues .

My dentist had never come across anything like it and wanted me to see Gp ..

I have minor sensations that that last a few secs on rare occasions but hope I never go through that again .

How are you coping and how long as it been going on ?

I feel for you as it’s horrid .

At one point my tongue wouldn’t stop thrusting all my teeth and my teeth felt big like they weren’t mine .

It was 6/8 months of hell still followed by 12 months of strange sensations most of the time . Total nightmare !!


So sorry to hear you were abused as child .

That’s so sad 💕 big hugs .

How are you now coping with everything .

Do you have anyone very close / soul mate / great friend ? X


oh my god you guys. i feel like i’m going crazy and i’m so happy for the internet right now. i’ve been having insane amounts of anxiety due to weird sensations like my teeth are shifting. or growing bigger or “slipping” forward. (i’ve always had a slight overbite) like i will obsessively use my fingers to push my front teeth back over 200 times a day, i’m sure. this has just started in the last week and right after a breakup (stressful situation) i am prone to intense anxiety and manage it through medication but this weird teeth sensation has brought back panic attacks and is all i think about. the sensations are so physically real i just dont understand how my brain could be imagining it, it feels so real.


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