Anyway, that night, after the anesthesia wore off, I began having pain not so much in that tooth, although it's centralized there, but in that entire side of my jaw. It's not an agonizing pain, it's bearable with OTC pain relief. And it seems to actually come and go. The best way I could describe it is a feeling of pressure, with an occasional feeling like there's something metal sticking into a tooth, or into a nerve.
My dentist didn't do an X-ray on this tooth, it didn't seem to be indicated, he did a test with me sliding that filling across a piece of gauze for him, it caused discomfort, and I slid an adjacent filling across another piece of gauze, no discomfort, and he did find that the filling in question was cracked so it seemed to be just a straightforward replacement.
Biting down on the filled tooth doesn't hurt, and other than the symptoms I'm having, there's nothing outward that makes me think abscess or anything, although I know I'd need X-rays to know for sure.
Also, when he had the old filling removed, my dentist pressed down with a tool on certain spots in the tooth asking me if it hurt, I guess checking for cracks or something, and it never did, just felt pressure. This pain didn't manifest itself until after the filling.
I've been trying to give it a few days to see if it settles down ... didn't have a lot of choice, had this done on Thursday and my dentist is closed on Friday and won't be open again until tomorrow ... but I'm getting concerned, which is why I registered here to toss this scenario out and see if anybody could give me an indication of what might be going on here, basically to have an idea of what to expect and what to discuss with my dentist. Thanks!
ON EDIT: I don't know if this would be a factor but figured I'd mention it ... I have a very large filling in the tooth next to that one, a piece of it broke off and couldn't be replaced so dentist did a large filling, said it would be stable but he'd advise at some point getting it crowned, just never have gotten around to doing it. I'm just wondering if those two fillings could be making contact or something ... just grasping for a handle as to what's happening because again, I had no symptoms like this until after the filling was done. Could the filling have uncovered some underlying issues I didn't know about?