There are several reasons why you might say “My Tooth Tastes Weird” You may notice a weird taste or smell coming from a tooth. This isn’t something that should be ignored. A strange taste in your mouth is usually an indication of a more serious dental issue that needs to be treated quickly.
What causes a strange tasting tooth?
A strange or bad tasting tooth can be the result of a number of different causes. The most common cause is infection. This may occur without pain, which is why it’s important any strange taste in your mouth is reported to and checked by your dentist. Failure to do so could result in the infection worsening and spreading – the bacteria causing the infection may even enter your bloodstream and travel to other parts of your body, damaging other organs.
The second main cause that can cause a tooth to taste bad is deteriorating fillings. Over time, old amagam or silver fillings can become corroded or wear away at the edges where they seal against the tooth. The filling particles flaking off will taste strange, as will the tooth as it begins to decay again. If caught early, the filling can be removed and replaced. If not, the tooth may need to be capped with a dental crown, or even extracted.
There are a few other things that may cause a strange or foul taste in the mouth, though they aren’t necessarily coming from a single tooth:
- Food caught between the teeth
- Tooth decay
- Poor dental hygine
How will a strange tasting tooth be treated?
The treatment your tooth receives will depend on the cause of the strange taste you are experiencing. The first step you should take would be thoroughly brushing and flossing your teeth. If this doesn’t help, visit your dentist to determine the cause of the strange taste in your tooth. They will give you a professional dental cleaning, and then carefully examine the tooth to determine the cause.
If the strange taste is due to tooth decay, you may need to have a filling or dental bonding placed in order to prevent further damage to the tooth. If you have an old filling that is wearing out, your dentist will replace it with new dental composite fillings, which are stronger and last longer than traditional amalgam.
Any strange tastes or smells coming from a tooth should not be ignored. If you have noticed one of your teeth tasting or smelling strange or bad, it is important that you call our office right away for a consultation. Our caring staff will ensure that your tooth is treated and get you back to optimum dental health as quickly as possible.