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Pain after filling, what to do?

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Posted by: missnicky  (9 years ago)
Hi everyone!

I hope you could help me here.

I visited my dentist to have my two teeth filled (one on the upper left side and one on the upper right side) three days ago. When he numbed me on the left side, all went well until the tooth was
filled. However, on the right side, the injection did not work. The pain was unbearable so he put on
a third injection, which was very painful. It numbed my tongue and lips. He then sucessfully filled the second tooth. However, today, I woke up with an immense pain. It radiates from the tooth that was filled on the right side to my ear and to the back of my head. It becomes more painful when I eat or drink. I've been taking up paracetamol but it does not help much. Anyone who have experienced this? Is this normal after a filling? Should I give it a few more days?

Thank you for your answers!
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Posted by: carebear  (9 years ago)
Hello Missnicky,

A cavity filling should not cause you real severe pain. I would give your dentist a call. A bad filling might be causing the pain.

Best wishes!
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Posted by: mormon  (9 years ago)
Hi Nicky!

You may have an infection. It's possible that there's an infection in the nerve that wasn't detected earlier. Go back to your dentist to know the source of the problem.
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Posted by: amybell  (9 years ago)
The decay could have been very close to the nerve and during the work, the tooth became irritated and got infected. In this case, a root canal is likely necessary.