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Excruciating pain with a small filling

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Posted by: testsofmen  (9 years ago)

Five months ago, I went to the dentist for my routine dental check-up. She said I have a minor decay on my upper right first molar. She suggested I have it filled before it could get worse. The tooth didn't bother me at all but I agreed to get it fixed with a composite filling.

After I got the tooth filled and as the Novocaine wore off I felt a lot of pain. Every time I bit down I had a shooting pain. I immediately called the dentist and she said this was normal for a composite filling and that it would get better over time. The pain continued and I had to go back to her twice to have my bite adjusted. After a week, I was still in pain so I went to see her again. She took the filling out and refilled the tooth. When my numbness wore off, the pain was excruciating. I went back to her the next day to had the filling redone. It's been five months since I got the filling and I still cannot chew on the right side of my mouth. The dentist said, it might be due to a tooth fracture but she cannot see any fracture/crack on the tooth even through X-ray. Is it possible that the tooth was cracked when they worked on it for the filling? I did not have any pain on this tooth prior to the filling. What should I do next? Can anyone help out with an opinion? Thanks so much!
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Posted by: ghnane  (9 years ago)
Hello testsofmen, composite fillings are known to be hypersensitive but more often for deep extensive preparation that get very close to the pulp. In your case you stated you had a small lesion and for a small lesion to become so hypersensitive and experience sever pain is very unlikely. What did your dentist propose as an alternative. Also if you continue to redo the fillings your tooth will get weaker and weaker. You may consider consulting with another dentist.