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Sharp sensitive pain, help!

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Posted by: Gram95  (8 years ago)
Dear everyone,

I’ve got my bottom left first molar filled five months ago. It was a deep filling. Two weeks after getting the filling, I got sharp pain in my canine tooth. The pain would last for hours. After a month, the tooth began to become sensitive to anything cold and sweet. The sharp sensitive pain would last for hours to days. Two months later, I can’t eat anything sweet at all because of extreme sensitivity. Breathing in air would hurt the tooth as well. I’ve tried Sensodyne toothpaste but I didn’t seem to do much. All my bottom teeth seemed to be in pain now. I brush and floss two times a day, put sensitive toothpaste on my gum line, avoided cold and sweet food/drinks but I still have this pain. I went to see my dentist two days ago and he said I have receding gums due to my grinding/clenching habit at night.

Why did the pain start only after I got the filling? It has just gotten progressively worse over time. Should I seek for a second opinion? Has anyone had similar experience? I would love to hear your thoughts. Thank you.
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Posted by: Novocaine  (8 years ago)

I’ve got my bottom left first molar filled five months ago. It was a deep filling. Two weeks after getting the filling, I got sharp pain in my canine tooth. The pain would last for hours. After a month, the tooth began to become sensitive to anything cold and sweet. The sharp sensitive pain would last for hours to days. Two months later, I can’t eat anything sweet at all because of extreme sensitivity. Breathing in air would hurt the tooth as well. I’ve tried Sensodyne toothpaste but I didn’t seem to do much. All my bottom teeth seemed to be in pain now.


Short of an examination and an x-ray, I strongly suspect your canine has Reversible Pulpitis. It's weird you have them because, canines, due to their morphology, usually aren't that vulnerable to getting decayed. Anyway, this is something you can get your dentist to drill (excavate the decay) and fill, the sooner the better. From the symptoms (sharp pain, sensitivity to cold and air) you produce, this is a case where your dentin might be infected (no visible decay) and without an x-ray it is really hard to tell.


I brush and floss two times a day, put sensitive toothpaste on my gum line, avoided cold and sweet food/drinks but I still have this pain. I went to see my dentist two days ago and he said I have receding gums due to my grinding/clenching habit at night.

Your receding gums and night-grinding (bruxism) has nothing to do with the pain in your canine tooth. Meanwhile, keep using your desensitizing paste.

Why did the pain start only after I got the filling? It has just gotten progressively worse over time.

No reason really. Haven't you heard bad things come in pairs? :)

Should I seek for a second opinion?

You absolutely should. Good luck!!

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