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Sharp pain after filling

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Posted by: theGenesis  (10 years ago)
Hello,

I had a pretty deep cavity on my top left first molar, which was filled two days ago. My mouth is still sore and I get sharp shooting pain in the nerve once in a while. I’ve had cavities filled before and I did not experience this kind of pain. I do get sensitivity to anything cold, which is normal. What bothers me is the sharp pain I am getting from the tooth. It seems to come out of nowhere. Is this normal? What could be the reason for this? Thanks in advance for your responses.
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Hello,

I had a pretty deep cavity on my top left first molar, which was filled two days ago. My mouth is still sore and I get sharp shooting pain in the nerve once in a while. I’ve had cavities filled before and I did not experience this kind of pain. I do get sensitivity to anything cold, which is normal. What bothers me is the sharp pain I am getting from the tooth. It seems to come out of nowhere. Is this normal? What could be the reason for this? Thanks in advance for your responses.


Could mean that the filling is leaking. You might try to have it resealed and if it stops, you will be happy. If not, it probably means the nerve is degenerating and a root canal is in your future.
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Posted by: Novocaine  (10 years ago)
Hello,

I had a pretty deep cavity on my top left first molar, which was filled two days ago. My mouth is still sore and I get sharp shooting pain in the nerve once in a while. I’ve had cavities filled before and I did not experience this kind of pain. I do get sensitivity to anything cold, which is normal. What bothers me is the sharp pain I am getting from the tooth. It seems to come out of nowhere. Is this normal? What could be the reason for this? Thanks in advance for your responses.


Hey,

Your symptoms could mean a lot of factors. First off, check if your bite is properly aligned. Also, was this filling a composite (tooth-colored) or an amalgam (silver)? Composite fillings tend to leak into spaces around your tooth cavity causing post-op pain. An amalgam filling, on the other hand, could give you a galvanic shock if you have a different metal/alloy crown/filling close by.

That said, if this pain manifests only when you chew, a cracked tooth could a possible cause. Keep us posted!
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