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Tooth and jaw pain after filling a cavity

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Posted by: VeeJay  (2 years ago)
Hi!

Eight days ago, I had my cavity on my upper right second molar filled. After a shot of anesthetic, the dentist started drilling. I felt pain so he gave me another shot. I was numbed at last but I could not open my mouth. After about 30 minutes of waiting and trying, it just would not open wide enough. The dentist asked me to come back after a week. I went back after a week. He only gave me one shot of Novocaine and started drilling. It was extremely painful, I felt the entire procedure. After he got the cavity drilled, he filled it, did some checking and we were done. After the anesthetic wore off, I felt a lot of pain. Every time I bite down I had a shooting pain and my jaw was very painful. The tooth was sensitive to anything cold, too. After five days, I went back to the dentist to have it checked. He said the filling was high and he filed it down a bit. This did not help. It's been 8 days after I got the filling but it still hurts to bite down and I still have pain in my jaw. Does anyone know what is going on and what could be causing this? Please help me! Thank you so much!
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Posted by: ghnane  (2 years ago)
Hello VeeJay, one possibility can be that your cavity was deep and the dentists either touched the pulp or came very close to it. This can cause sensitivity and pain. Another possibility can be that the filling is too high and does not follow your natural tooth anatomy. We are very sensitive to anything stuck between our teeth or an overhang on chewing surfaces. Overfilled teeth can cause jaw aches and even TMJ (temporo-mandibular joint discomfort). Consult another dentist have them take a x-ray to evaluate the filling. You can also ask your dentist who performed the willing if he medicated and covered the pulp before putting in the filling. Did you amalgam or composite filling?
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