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Problem with my dental fillings

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Posted by: geo345  (9 years ago)
Dear Doc,

I had a filling on one of my molars for about 4 years now. Lately I noticed a bad taste from the filled tooth. When I scratch or touch it, it smells really bad. There is a throbbing pain from the area when I eat or drink anything hot or cold.
Could this be an infection? Do I need a root canal or is there any other way to save the tooth?

Please advice me on what to do. Thanks a lot.
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Hello geo!

The problem could be caused by a leaky filling - ideally you should visit a dentist and have him/her take a quick look!
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Posted by: wheat34  (9 years ago)
Dear Geo,

The area underneath the filling may have decayed and it got infected. If this is left untreated, it may turn into
abscess. Ideally, you should visit a dentist to clear the infection and have the area treated. Good luck:-)
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Posted by: myst58  (9 years ago)

The filling may have crumbled and plaque is setting in.I sounds infected also. I recommend going to the dentist as
soon as possible. The infection needs to be treated before it can cause other issues.
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Posted by: dentin  (9 years ago)
It could be that the filling has loosened and food particles that are getting under it may have rotten which causes the
smell and the infection. You should visit your dentist as soon as possible.
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Posted by: synops  (9 years ago)
It sounds like an infection with an abscess. Ring your dentist for an appointment.