It has been 2+ months and there is still significant pain in that tooth when I'm eating. Sometimes it's so bad that I can't chew on that side of my mouth. Certain foods, such as fresh pineapple, cause so much pain that I simply avoid them now. The other day I had a bout of stomach flu and I vomited several times, and the stomach acid seems to have made the situation even worse. I can barely manage to eat even soft foods now. I have been using Sensodyne toothpaste along with a prescription fluoride toothpaste, but it doesn't seem to be enough.
I'm asking for advice here because I am seriously questioning the competence of my dentist. I'm hoping to get some reassurance that this situation can be resolved with something as simple as a filling. I'd really like to avoid a crown & on a tooth that was perfectly healthy to begin with. I'm also faced with the decision of going back to the same dentist to get the work covered for free (but taking the risk that she'll make the situation even worse), or going to someone else and eating the copay.