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Old 07-22-2002, 07:51 AM   #1
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How long should a tooth ache after having a filling. I had part of a tooth break a couple of weeks ago and went to the dentist who said a small cavity had formed inbetween the teeth. Well he gave me a lot of novicane (I am a chicken for tooth pain) and proceeded to drill and fill the cavity. My tooth is aching since then and I am wondering if he stirred up or created a root canal problem. Any one else experience this or have any ideas.
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Old 07-22-2002, 03:04 PM   #2
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I have often had tooth sensitivity after fillings and after crowns. In one instance, it took over 6 months for the tooth to calm down, but it finally did. Give it lots of time, even months, to quiet down. Hopefully it will.

 
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Old 07-22-2002, 05:31 PM   #3
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Hi ammom,

Just curious - what kind of sensitivity are you talking about? Cold/hot sensitivity, spontaneous pain?
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Old 07-23-2002, 06:23 AM   #4
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I am talking mostly hot/cold sensitivity with some good old general aching after having chewed on it. Not any sharp, sudden, unattributable pain.

Hope this helps you.

 
Old 07-23-2002, 09:56 AM   #5
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Hi JazzLady,

What type of filling is it? Silver? I always have sensitivity after a filling. Sometimes it will take a few months until my tooth finally settles down. Someone told me to eat a few hard boiled eggs which helps to desensitize the tooth/filling.
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Old 07-29-2002, 06:34 AM   #6
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Thanks to all of you who responded. Well it has been over a week now and my tooth is still hurting every six to seven hours when tylenol or advil wear off. It wakes me up in the a.m. and I am now getting angry about it because i think this may be a dying tooth that my dentist didn't even bother to xray before he filled it. So now, he made his money on the filling and I will need to get a root canal from an endodontist and then my dentist will refill the tooth!! So he makes more money!!!!! I am so angry I could spit fire but that would probably make my tooth hurt even more :-0.
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Old 07-29-2002, 09:07 AM   #7
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Hi Jazzlady,

I feel for you!! I have been having the same problem after a silver filling. Dentist said it was medium sized and would definitely not need a root canal. Here I am 3 months later and it's still hurting on and off - a definite candidate for a root canal.
Good luck to you.

 
Old 07-29-2002, 11:28 AM   #8
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go to a good/recommended endodontist to check it out

i went in for a crown replacemnet on a healthy too #8 right in the front...easy job
and the botched that up, a botched root canal by the same dr followed
and now i am healing from an apicoectomy (from a specialist
i pray for your tooth ...and mine

 
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Hi;

I had the same problem years ago, as long as he did not drill down to the nerve ending and it did not get infected, my dentist drilled the filling out again, and put in some kind of "medication" he called it, and refilled the tooth, no problems after that.
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Old 07-31-2002, 06:11 PM   #10
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Hi,

My filling took about two months for the *normal* symptoms to go away. I was also taking advil for the throbbing and sensitivity. Give it time, and if it still doesnt heal, like mine, go back for a possible root canal. I hope it gets better soon.

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Old 08-01-2002, 07:49 PM   #11
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Thanks again to all of you for your responses. Well I couldn't stand it any more. I called my dentist who said maybe my tooth was dying and that I should go and see an endodontist. (Of course he already made his money on my filling and now i had to basically undo what he did so an endodontist could do a root canal. The endodontist said the filling was so close to the nerve on the tooth that it was causing the pain. When he opened up the tooth he said the nerve was already dried up and dying. Why my regular dentist didn't x-ray the tooth before his filling I don't know but 900.00 later I am now still having a little pain because the root canal takes two visits and I had only one so far. I swear they are in cohoots together.
Thanks for listening to me moan and groan.
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Old 08-01-2002, 07:58 PM   #12
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Jazzy,

I was lucky and only had to go once to get mine done. It sounds like this is really what you needed. I truly think and hope you will feel better after the second visit(hope its not too long) and a week or two to heal up.

I would ask him why he didnt take an xray to begin with. I dont know about you, but I kick myself for not becoming a dentist sometimes. I could be sitting on a beach in Hawaii watching the tropical sunset sipping on a fluorescent drink with a matching straw and a pineapple on a stick right now! If I had only known then. *sigh* My endo just made 595.00 in like 30 mins on me. Now thats my kinda job. And I had such great ins. and almost perfect teeth so I had NO idea it was this expensive.

I would see if you can get your money back, or some kind of credit as it was his/her negligence that led you to your depleting funds. At least ask what were they thinking? Sometimes I wonder if my 5 year old can better direct and diagnose my problems.

I wish you luck!

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Old 08-03-2002, 11:34 PM   #13
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Hey wisdom. you are right about wishing I were a dentist instead of a music teacher but I would have trouble sleeping at night knowing how I ripped off poor innocent folk who just had a little toothache. My tooth still hurts a little but I will have part two of the root canal next week. Hopefully that will be the end of this.
Take care.
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Old 08-04-2002, 04:49 PM   #14
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I know your right about the ripping off thing, but just think, you would never have to pay for dental work. I was talking to my aunt the other day. She works for a dentist, I think just a a receptionist, for about 15 years or so and she told me that she never had to pay for ANY of her or her immediate families dental work. They did it all for free for her. Braces and all! So, maybe we could just be a receptionist?

Good luck and let us know how it goes!

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Old 08-07-2002, 08:42 PM   #15
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Hey wisdom!

If my teeth keep going in this downhill direction, I may have to be a receptionist! Had the second part of my root canal yesterday and my tooth was killing me. Codeine helps but don't like feeling like a zombie. Today was better than yesterday but had to take the codeine again in the evening as plain advil wasn't working. Take care.
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