Thought-provoked (anxiety) tooth sensitivity?

Jun 21, 2022
Respected community,

I have a small issue I consider unproblematic, but let's see. Can a dead tooth be sensitized upon a thought? Namely, last Sunday, during lunch, I had a rather hot pumpkin soup and an hour afterwards I had a beer. However, it was not only until the next day when a friend of mine had a similar case when he took a freshly baked spinach pie and while having agreed to take a beer afterwards. At one moment he said - "this hot pie and a cold beer immediately afterwards, very bad for the teeth" - which concerned me internally and from that moment I (sub)consciously(?) thought-provoked a discomfort in my mouth, particularly one dead tooth, minor/mild sensitivity which sometimes tends to jump on the other side of the mouth?

It's been a week and I still do feel some kind of unusualness as before.

p.s. I am taking extensive care of teeth (diet wise, dental care etc.). I had dental checks this winter, next one is in 2-3 weeks.

Thanks for answering this rather unusual, perhaps exaggerated issue?



Dr M

Verified Dentist
May 31, 2019
Good day
The photo is a bit unclear, so difficult to see, but it does sound like you are just worrying a little bit too much over the issue. Dental anxiety is a real thing, and can be triggered by a host of factors. Obsessing over a tooth, can also then later manifest a sort of "phantom " pain.
To put your mind at ease, go see your dentist, for re-assurance that all is well and in the mean time, try not to think about the tooth, or fiddle with the tooth too much.
Most likely all will be well.


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