Just went back to the dentist again this morning. Continuing dull ache in my jaw, no specific triggers. He wants to watch it for a few weeks (joy) and see what, if anything, develops. I can't be unhappy that he's being conservative, but I'm worried that it will blow up suddenly into something I tried to avoid. My next step is the endodontist just to see what's going on.
I haven't had my amalgams replaced with composite fillings, no--actually, I've needed crowns on the teeth before the fillings truly went; the teeth tend to crack vertically first.
I wouldn't be surprised if some dentists "make" work for themselves, truly. It's a scary world out there sometimes.