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Filled tooth feels high, dull pain

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Posted by: DoubleYou  (9 years ago)
Hi,
I have had my before-last upper molar tooth filled four or five years ago, and it's never given me any trouble until now.

A couple weeks ago, I started noticing dull pain from the tooth, and average pain from biting down on it. Also, this tooth is always the first one to come into contact with its lower jaw counterpart, which I don't recall being the case before.

The tooth feels generally high and loose, as if the filling was falling off.

My gums look fine and are pink/healthy, however my Zygomaticus major muscle (the tender muscle above the gums at the back of the jaw) located just above that molar is quite sensitive and hurts a little with pressure, as if it was inflamed. The one on the other side of the jaw doesn't hurt.

Also, there's this weird thing on the side of the tooth, which feels quite sharp when I touch it with my tongue, I tried to take a look at it in the mirror and it looks just white, but it feels like a crack between the tooth and the filling.

So far I've narrowed down the list of possibilities to two likely causes, not pretending to be a dentist here but I like to be informed:
- abscess forming under the tooth [root canal, extraction]
- loose filling due to some trauma, inflaming the socket [refill tooth]

It doesn't hurt much (I've had deep cavities in the past, this is one of them actually, and I know what real pain is) just a faint dull ache with semi-sharp pain when biting but it's annoying enough to interfere with my activities, and I am sure it'll get worse anyway without treatment.

I am going to see the dentist in a few days, but I was looking to see if anyone had some idea as to what could be the cause? I'm giving as many details as I can, if you need more please do ask.
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Hi,
I have had my before-last upper molar tooth filled four or five years ago, and it's never given me any trouble until now.

A couple weeks ago, I started noticing dull pain from the tooth, and average pain from biting down on it. Also, this tooth is always the first one to come into contact with its lower jaw counterpart, which I don't recall being the case before.

The tooth feels generally high and loose, as if the filling was falling off.

My gums look fine and are pink/healthy, however my Zygomaticus major muscle (the tender muscle above the gums at the back of the jaw) located just above that molar is quite sensitive and hurts a little with pressure, as if it was inflamed. The one on the other side of the jaw doesn't hurt.

Also, there's this weird thing on the side of the tooth, which feels quite sharp when I touch it with my tongue, I tried to take a look at it in the mirror and it looks just white, but it feels like a crack between the tooth and the filling.

So far I've narrowed down the list of possibilities to two likely causes, not pretending to be a dentist here but I like to be informed:
- abscess forming under the tooth [root canal, extraction]
- loose filling due to some trauma, inflaming the socket [refill tooth]

It doesn't hurt much (I've had deep cavities in the past, this is one of them actually, and I know what real pain is) just a faint dull ache with semi-sharp pain when biting but it's annoying enough to interfere with my activities, and I am sure it'll get worse anyway without treatment.

I am going to see the dentist in a few days, but I was looking to see if anyone had some idea as to what could be the cause? I'm giving as many details as I can, if you need more please do ask.


If you are going to the dentist anyway, why do you want us to attempt to guess a diagnosis? What purpose would it serve?

If this had a deep cavity previously, the root may have finally died and you have an abscess.

Could be a cracked tooth that has caused the root to die. That would explain the sharp place you feel with your tongue. The pressure could be making the filling feel high. Fillings do not just get high all of the sudden.
Posted 9 years ago
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Posted by: DoubleYou  (9 years ago)
If you are going to the dentist anyway, why do you want us to attempt to guess a diagnosis? What purpose would it serve?
It's one of those psychological things, you know.. I can't explain it.

If this had a deep cavity previously, the root may have finally died and you have an abscess.

Could be a cracked tooth that has caused the root to die. That would explain the sharp place you feel with your tongue. The pressure could be making the filling feel high. Fillings do not just get high all of the sudden.

That makes sense. So I'm looking at a root canal treatment, correct? I've heard upper molars are the hardest teeth to treat because of their unfortunate location, is this a real complication or is treatment usually successful on these as well? There's lots of conflicting information on the internet on this subject, curiously.
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Posted by: stephen1  (9 years ago)
Teeth whitening are very good reasons which bring millions of people together to the dentist so that you can smile nicely. This is very important process to get a lovely smile on the face.
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Teeth whitening are very good reasons which bring millions of people together to the dentist so that you can smile nicely. This is very important process to get a lovely smile on the face.


Knock it off with your platitudes, will you?
Posted 9 years ago
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Dentist
If you are going to the dentist anyway, why do you want us to attempt to guess a diagnosis? What purpose would it serve?
It's one of those psychological things, you know.. I can't explain it.

If this had a deep cavity previously, the root may have finally died and you have an abscess.

Could be a cracked tooth that has caused the root to die. That would explain the sharp place you feel with your tongue. The pressure could be making the filling feel high. Fillings do not just get high all of the sudden.

That makes sense. So I'm looking at a root canal treatment, correct? I've heard upper molars are the hardest teeth to treat because of their unfortunate location, is this a real complication or is treatment usually successful on these as well? There's lots of conflicting information on the internet on this subject, curiously.


Perhaps you read a little too much drivel on the internet. There is little appreciable difference between doing an upper molar root canal and a lower one, and they both have the same success rates- about 94%.

But again, I am not sure you need a root canal. I am only surmising based on the symptoms you presented.
Posted 9 years ago
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