Anyway, the throbbing (started 2 days after final bite adjustment) was mild with a dull ache that would last a couple of minutes and reduce intermittently. I am not sensitive to cold or hot and touching, pressing the tooth etc does not hurt. Even chewing is ok, but the throbbing was there off an on. I was also getting radiating pain in nearby teeth, even the lower jaw. Slowly the pain in the jaw started, then there was shooting pain in the ear, just below the neck and in the jaw joint. It was similar to the TMJ pain I experience every time I go through dental treatments, only worse. I went back to the dentist (the one who treated me was on a vacation so another one saw me). She banged the tooth a couple of times with the mirror, touched it with ice and took xrays. Nothing conclusive came out of it. She said filling was fine, tooth was fine and it might be that the pain is coming from the premolar next to it as when she hit that spot between the teeth, I felt a bit painful. But there was no decay or cavity so she gave me a painkiller for three days and told me that everything looks fine. The pain in the ear, jaw and neck was apparently due to the wisdom tooth surgery trauma (horizontally impacted) that happened some 6 weeks back (??)
After three days of painkillers, the tooth feels a tad better. I have not taken any pills today and it hasn’t deteriorated, but I fear it may not last. The throbbing has reduced but it still happens once in a while (unstimulated). The pain in the jaw and ear and continues, but has reduced. The pain still radiates to the nearby teeth intermittently. I am wondering now if the tooth has got better or the nerve has simply died and I am looking at developing an abscess. Or if the entire episode was a flare up of the TMJ as the application of moist heat on the jaw does give me relief. Last thing, I had worked out pretty hard just before the pain episode, so I don’t know if its connected. My dentist is not in town for another week and I don’t want things to take a turn for the worse. I will be grateful if you can give me some advice.
PS: The subject title is Irreversible Pulpitis or TMJ? Pardon the typo, the forum settings do not allow editing of the subject :(