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Pain after replacing an old filling

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Posted by: AA2011  (8 years ago)
Two weeks ago, the dentist told me my old filling had decay and should be replaced. He said the filling was too large so he will put in a partial crown. I had no pain or problem with that tooth that time, but the dentist warned me of the consequences if I left it untreated so I agreed to have it replaced. When he took the old filling out and put the temporary crown on, the tooth hurt so badly. I can’t chew on that side. The dentist said once the permanent is put in, the pain would go away. Has anyone else had the same experience? What should I do to ease the pain? I have to wait for two weeks to get the permanent on. I would be thankful for any help you can give me.
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Posted by: ghnane  (8 years ago)
Hi. Your tooth preparation was most likely extended and deepened in order to remove the decay. The deeper the tooth is cut the more sensitive it becomes and the pulp starts to react. You may wait a couple of more days to see if the pain subsides and that will give you enough time to decide whether the permanent crown will solve the pain.

We want to avoid having a crown put on, then having to perform a root canal treatment due to pain. Make sure to inform your treating dentist of the pain when you go back for the permanent crown.
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