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Sensitive tooth + xray

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Posted by: Martina  (4 years ago)
Hello, I have got new composite filling in molar on the left side up last February. After that my tooth was sensitive to pressure when eating, it wasnt sensitive to cold or warm. After 2 months it was ok. It didnt hurt me. Last week my doctor made new filling in molar on the left side down...but here comes the problem..the doctor touched the upper molar with the head of the drill. I just felt vibration in my head...nothing else and my upper molar started being sensitive to cold and I felt vibrant pain after i eat jogurt or after I chew food. I had to take painkiller. I called my doctor other day that my tooth is in pain...but other tooth than she fixed that day. She couldnt believe. We made xray to see..where is the problem..but the tooth looks normal without inflamation. More over the filling is not deep.
I enclose the xray and I made cycle around the tooth which cause me the pain. Can you see if the white filling isnt deep or is there any inflammation? Thank you so much in advance.
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Hello, I have got new composite filling in molar on the left side up last February. After that my tooth was sensitive to pressure when eating, it wasnt sensitive to cold or warm. After 2 months it was ok. It didnt hurt me. Last week my doctor made new filling in molar on the left side down...but here comes the problem..the doctor touched the upper molar with the head of the drill. I just felt vibration in my head...nothing else and my upper molar started being sensitive to cold and I felt vibrant pain after i eat jogurt or after I chew food. I had to take painkiller. I called my doctor other day that my tooth is in pain...but other tooth than she fixed that day. She couldnt believe. We made xray to see..where is the problem..but the tooth looks normal without inflamation. More over the filling is not deep.
I enclose the xray and I made cycle around the tooth which cause me the pain. Can you see if the white filling isnt deep or is there any inflammation? Thank you so much in advance.


The problem with white resin fillings on back teeth is that they so often leak. Why on earth wasn't a silver amalgam done? This will never show when you smile.

Nothing is unusual in this x-ray. You need an INDIVIDUAL x-ray of the tooth, not a panoramic film. You are right. It does not appear to be a deep filling at all.

Never heard of making a good sensitive just because it was lightly touched with the drill. The thing to try is for your dentist to apply a penetrating resin like Parkell Amalgambond or similar, hoping you can reseal the tooth.

There is a chance the pain is referred and really originates from the LOWER tooth that was worked on. That would make more sense. A way to tell would be to numb the lower arch, then let you eat something. If there is no pain, it is the lower tooth at fault.
Posted 4 years ago
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Posted by: Martina  (4 years ago)
Thank you for your reply. I really appreciate it. I think you solved the problem because I thought all the time that the composite filling is leak. I feel pain when i press onto the composite by my finger. Its like something is touching the dentin...even if the composite doesnt move at all. My doctor doesnt use amalgam fillings at all. Everybody says that its unheatlhy. I think I am going to seek new doctor or I loose my tooth because the doctor said if the pain doesnt stop in a week then she will open the tooth and the root canal too...even if the tooth isnt infected!.
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Thank you for your reply. I really appreciate it. I think you solved the problem because I thought all the time that the composite filling is leak. I feel pain when i press onto the composite by my finger. Its like something is touching the dentin...even if the composite doesnt move at all. My doctor doesnt use amalgam fillings at all. Everybody says that its unheatlhy. I think I am going to seek new doctor or I loose my tooth because the doctor said if the pain doesnt stop in a week then she will open the tooth and the root canal too...even if the tooth isnt infected!.

Doing a root canal is very, very premature at this point. Sealing the new filling with a penetrating resin is an easy fix that produces immediate relief if it works. The dentist that did the filling should do it for free.

It is a lie that silver amalgams are a health risk. Study after study proves amalgam safe. Quacks who say otherwise profit from needlessly replacing fillings and charging from it.

If I were looking for a new dentist, I would ask "Do you still do silver amalgam fillings and gold inlays?" Only if the answer is yes on both counts would I choose the dentist. White resin fillings on the chewing surface of second molars just do not make sense.
Posted 4 years ago
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Posted by: Martina  (4 years ago)
Hello..the filling was replaced to new one 4 days ago. The tooth is less sensitive to pressure and cold. But it still hurts a while after i brush and floss my teeth or I chew pastries..then I feel light throbbing pain which also appear in ear and lower jaw. Especially when I press on between the cheeckbone and the ear. The pain stops itself after 30 mins or more. There may be another reason of my toothache. Is it posibble to have traumatized tooth after it was touched by drill ? I have never had pain in that tooth before it happened.
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Hello..the filling was replaced to new one 4 days ago. The tooth is less sensitive to pressure and cold. But it still hurts a while after i brush and floss my teeth or I chew pastries..then I feel light throbbing pain which also appear in ear and lower jaw. Especially when I press on between the cheeckbone and the ear. The pain stops itself after 30 mins or more. There may be another reason of my toothache. Is it posibble to have traumatized tooth after it was touched by drill ? I have never had pain in that tooth before it happened.

These symptoms are not encouraging. One step would be to go to the dentist when it is hurting, and only numb around this tooth. If the pain goes away, you have verified that it is coming from this tooth.

Often the nerve goes through an inflammatory process before it dies, and patients gets symptoms like you have now. As sad as it is to hear this, likely a root canal will be necessary.

The only other thing to rule out before a root canal is muscle spasm/TMJ symptoms.
Posted 4 years ago
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