Aching front teeth

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  1. nlebaron

    nlebaron New Friend

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    Hi Guys, I have recently returned to the trumpet after a break for several years. I am dealing with a little pain on my front top teeth. One aches more than the other. I am being really careful to avoid a lot of mouthpiece pressure. This pain seems to be coming from regular pressure from my embouchure and normal mouthpiece pressure. I would rate it at a 2 or 3 on a scale from 1-10 in terms of intensity. It is annoying and uncomfortable but not terrible.

    In my history as a trumpet player there was a time when I DID use a lot of pressure to produce higher notes. Namely, from middle school until my sophomore year. At that point I got a private teacher that had me do a complete re-work of my embouchure. I sucked for the rest of my high school career as a result but I got the pressure off my face. After high school I had a two year break from playing before I started college. I jumped right into 2nd chair in college in both concert and jazz band. This front teeth pain has been my companion as long as I have been playing since I started back in college. I am wondering if there is anything I can do about it. I wonder if I did some nerve damage or something as a youngster when I was using all that pressure. Anyone have something similar and a possible solution? Like I said, it isn't killing me, but it is uncomfortable.

    -Nate
     
  2. trickg

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    A better person to ask would be your dentist. They will know much better than we will what can cause that kind of pain and sensitivity.
     
  3. Ed Lee

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    As Patrick stated, there is no alternative remedy to such pain other than what a dentist advises, even though s/he may refer you to an orthodontic specialist.

    Still, I'd like to know how you arrive at what you deem "normal mouthpiece pressure".
     
  4. nlebaron

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    Thanks, I might have to go to the dentist to discuss it. In response to Ed Lee, as far as I am able to tell I am using just enough pressure to get a good seal. I am not uncomfortable while Im playing at all like I used to get as a kid.

    For reference... I am using the James Stamp studies for warm ups and mouthpiece buzzing. I feel like its the same pressure when Im buzzing as when Im playing. As far as my perception goes excessive pressure is not the problem. I wish I could sit in the same room with someone that could give me feedback on it. I might have to reach out to my old trumpet teacher.
     
  5. Ed Lee

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    nelebaron, Your answer, "I am using just enough pressure to get a good seal." is exactly what I've advocated. That said, FYI at my age of 78 I'm no longer bothered by pain in my teeth whereas I've a full upper denture and a lower partial, but with other health issues I've got pain seemingly about everywhere else, that on a scale of 1-10 is usually 5 plus and some days more.
     
  6. macjack

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    I'm a dentist. Yeah, really, the first step is to rule out a problem with your teeth. When did you last see a dentist? What is your dental history concerning this area of your mouth? Have you had any fillings in that area. Any trauma? The dentist will probably want to take an x-ray or two. Rule out a dental problem, then think about other causes.
     
  7. nlebaron

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    Thanks for responding @macjack. It has been a few years since I saw a dentist. I have not had any fillings in that area. As far as trauma goes... there was this one time where I ran into a tree... really... I literally ran into a tree when I was 13 or 14. I was playing tag with some kids at a boy scout activity. I was being chased and was looking over my shoulder... when I turned forward again there was a sycamore sapling about 6" thick that gave me quite the daze. My teeth left marks in the bark. I did go to the dentist for some soreness related to that but I never really connected that incident to what is happening now.

    I have dealt with this soreness issue every time I play the trumpet for more than a day or two since about 2001. Like I said before, it is not a terrible pain but more like an annoying ache. As far as I can remember it has never really gone beyond that in terms of discomfort.

    Perhaps I should get in to the dentist soon... it is probably time for a check-up anyway.
     
  8. macjack

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    Aha! Sometimes physical trauma to teeth takes years to manifest itself. Please see a dentist ASAP. X-rays may reveal a cause and if anything is amiss, a dentist can provide a solution.
     

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