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Cavity filling pain

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Posted by: tomNtom  (10 years ago)
Dear all,

When I was a teenager, I got a silver filling in one of my upper back molar. For aesthetic reason, I went to the dentist to replace it with white filling. While he was drilling my tooth, I was in pain. I was injected with Novocain but it did not really help much. When I got home and the numbing medication wore off, the pain was really terrible. I was awake the whole night crying.

I went back to the dentist the next day to report about the pain but he saw nothing wrong with the tooth. He asked me to wait for a few more days and the pain would go away eventually.

I was able to survive the pain for three weeks with the help of painkillers. Today, I decided to go to another dentist for a second opinion. The new dentist after taking x-rays said he could not see anything wrong with the tooth too. He said we‘d give it some more time to settle and see what happens. Does anyone have any idea what is causing the pain? I am now contemplating on getting the tooth pulled and get implant to replace it. I am so tired of the pain and all of this discomfort. Any advice? Thanks so much!
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Posted by: Novocaine  (10 years ago)
Your case is a prime example of the adage "If it ain't broke, don't fix it". I'm assuming your dentist gave you fair warning before he attempted this extraction of a perfectly okay silver filling.

Anyway, it sounds like you had a pretty big filling to begin with, and your dentist must have drilled pretty close to the pulp and irritated the dentinal walls when excavating the silver out. Moreover, the new white filling (composite resin) should have made things worse as they have a tendency to leak into dentin just after and further irritate it.

If your tooth looks okay on x-ray, there is nothing much you can do, apart from sitting it out. I'm sorry you have to tolerate such pain but I'd rather be on painkillers and wait than get it extracted and deal with the hassle of getting an implant. Good Luck!