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Posted by: elizabth  (8 years ago)
3 weeks ago i bit on some hard gum resin on the lower left number 6 molar.Nearly immediately after, I had discomfort that sometimes verges on pain when chewing on that molar.The molar had a white filling 10 years prior still in good shape up to that point.
There are NO symptoms unless I chew actual food on that tooth.It is not sensitive to temperatures, there is no throbbing and no pain.Biting/Clenching the teeth hard does not cause any pain.
After a scan, the dentist decided to replace the filling which he did. When that did not work,his superior dentist decided it was a bad filling and replaced it at no cost.Still not improved.Now another dentist reckons I have a bad filling and wants to replace the filling.
I think I may have a crack down the side of the tooth on the side of the tongue, but the dentists are dismissing this option.
What else can this be and how to treat it?
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Hi Elizabeth,
I am sorry to hear that you going to such a thing.
You know, biologic sciences are not math. Some times things are not explainable. Your dentist have tried changing the filling with no success. My suggestion is that you leave it and monitor the pain. It might be just a slight inflammation of the "nerve" of your tooth that will probably cease. keep an eye on it and see if the pain pattern changes and then look for a professional.
Should you need any more info:
http://bertthedentist.com/root-canal/
http://bertthedentist.com/tooth-ache/
http://bertthedentist.com/

Best of luck!
Bert
Posted 8 years ago
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Dentist
3 weeks ago i bit on some hard gum resin on the lower left number 6 molar.Nearly immediately after, I had discomfort that sometimes verges on pain when chewing on that molar.The molar had a white filling 10 years prior still in good shape up to that point.
There are NO symptoms unless I chew actual food on that tooth.It is not sensitive to temperatures, there is no throbbing and no pain.Biting/Clenching the teeth hard does not cause any pain.
After a scan, the dentist decided to replace the filling which he did. When that did not work,his superior dentist decided it was a bad filling and replaced it at no cost.Still not improved.Now another dentist reckons I have a bad filling and wants to replace the filling.
I think I may have a crack down the side of the tooth on the side of the tongue, but the dentists are dismissing this option.
What else can this be and how to treat it?


Probability is you have an incomplete fracture in this tooth. The crack opens every time you bite down on something hard. Have a conservative partial coverage temporary crown put on the tooth, like a gold onlay. If this stops the pain, you can proceed and have a final crown made. If it doesn't you may need a root canal first, then a crown later.

Do NOT let them cut the smitereens out of the tooth to put an all-porcelain crown on it.
Posted 8 years ago
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