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Old 02-09-2006, 07:05 PM   #1
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how long should a new filling bother me?

Hi! I have had some dental work done last month and a couple of the new fillings just don't feel right yet. I don't have any horrible pain, just sometimes a short twinge of pain, a couple of times a day.
I just hope it goes away soon. I remember many years ago when I got fillings it took a while too, but I don't remember how long......
Also, does anyone know how likely it could be for cavities and other problems to NOT show up on dental x-rays?
Thanks so much!

 
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Old 02-10-2006, 07:18 AM   #2
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Re: how long should a new filling bother me?

I had a bunch of amalgam fillings replaces recently. The ones on the left side were done about 3 weeks ago, and the right side was done yesterday. I had one tooth on the left that was pretty badly decayed, and was warned that it may need a root canal if the pain was persistent (he told me if it was still painful in 2 weeks, we should check it out - though cold sensitivity could last longer). That tooth took a week before it didnt hurt, and it is not reactive to cold after two weeks. I did go in one time to have it adjusted because there was a bit too much contact. He fixed that and a front tooth (work done about 5 years ago from a different dentist - painful for 5 years). He told me that the bite should be perfect, and that if there is too much, it will take longer to heal. I can tell you that the front one was very painful for those 5 years - and after getting that adjusted it doesnt bother me at all. The teeth on the right side that were done yesterday dont bother me at all today. So, to answer your question - I would at least ask for it to be looked at. Could be that there is too much contact and that can cause occasional pain. It could still have decay in there too, that is a possibility. As for x-rays - I guess that all depends on how good they are and how good the dentist reads them. My new dentist has digital x-rays, and they are by far much better than the traditional type. Even I could see where my problems were

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Old 02-12-2006, 10:55 AM   #3
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Re: how long should a new filling bother me?

Hi Sporthorse,
thanks for answering!
I guess I am getting pretty freaked out and frustrated. I have been a dental phobic for many, many years, due to the fact that I must be hard to numb up and so many times I was in so much pain when they drilled on my teeth. Well, now I am paying for all the years of not going to the dentist....so much to do and it seems like most things I am having done aren't working out as they should. Also my insurance is maxed out for the year (they only pay $1000 a year) and I am considering going to a dental school in Baltimore for a second opinion and get the rest done. A couple of people I know go there and are very happy with the work being done there. I feel that my dentist is too much in a hurry and even though they took x-rays and told me in the beginning that I needed 2 fillings and a root canal, they have since found 2 more fillings that needed to be done. This is worrying me, as I wonder how many more cavities are hiding in my mouth, that they are not seeing? And if I need another root canal I want to be sure it will be done right. The last one they did 3 roots went fine, but the 4th one they said even the smallest tool wouldn't go into the last 3 millimeters of the root, so I could possibly face more problems down the road.
Sorry I keep rambling on....just feeling really discouraged and depressed.

 
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Dont be sorry for rambeling... I am going to do the same after reading that I do feel your pain. I didnt go to the dentist for 5 years and ended up with quite a mess. When I was younger I actually enjoyed going to the dentist (no joke!). Then 5 years ago, I had an issue with one of my front teeth (had a red spot on it visible about 1/16 of an inch fronm the gumline down). I went to my parents' dentist, as he was supposed to be really good and did cosmetic work. Since it was a front tooth, I didnt want to take chances with having it look bad. BIG mistake going there. He cut away my gums above that tooth and did a root canal on it. There was barely anything left of the tooth (might as well have had it pulled). The procedure was incredibly painful - they had to stop working on me I was in such a bad state (could hardly breathe I was crying so bad). When I finally got the permanent crown (after 2 temps) I thought it would be good and at least everything would be done. Boy was I wrong. The contact with that crown and the teeth under it was unbearable. I told him it hurt, and he told me that I had to deal with it, because thats how my teeth are, and why the tooth was messed up in the first place. I complained to the office several times, but nothing was ever done about it. He told me that I had a fractured molar too, but I didnt get it fixed after that nightmare!

Fast forward to now - I finally went to a new dentist (who also does cosmetic work) because I was having such extreme pain on the left side (bad enough I couldnt tell if it was top or bottom). I had a tooth that had an amalgam filling that had decayed further and needed a root canal. The tooth next to it had a deep cavity and got a filling. I went in almost a week after that stuff was done (replaced the rest of the amalgam fillings on that side too) because there was a bit too much contact with my new crown (a CEREC crown which is done the same day). He adjusted it with no problem. I asked him about InvisAlign, because my bottom teeth are crooked (didnt wear my bottom retainer when I was younger), and that the contact bothered the front tooth with the crown. He couldnt believe I hadnt mentioned that before, and adjusted it in seconds. He couldnt believe the other dentist told me that (or the fact that I felt everything on that procedure and was told i "just cant get numb" there). Needless to say, I LOVE my new dentist. I was shaking I was so scared on the first visit, but I actually looked forward to going back for the 2nd half. He is SO considerate - always asks if Im okay and seems to see instantly if Im uncomfortable.

The insurance thing is a major drag. Mine only covers $1000 per year too, but they really dont even pay that. I had $6192 in work done. The first half was 3770, and insurance paid a whopping 300 bucks on it. What a savings!! I paid for all but $3000 out of pocket and financed the rest on the CapitalOne card - I guess they have seperate cards for health stuff. They offered an interest free period (1 year), so I went with that so I can pay 250 a month and have that paid off. At least it saved me from coming up with everything up front. And, the old dentist wanted over 12,000 to fix my teeth and that was five years ago!! So I guess it pays to look around. Expensive isnt always better, but you get what you pay for too... I wont ever have metal in my mouth again.

It is quite depressing to find out how bad it got - I needed perio scaling and the amalgam fillings, plus 2 crowns done. I was VERY upset when I got home just thinking of how I was going to pay for all that. What can you do? The longer you wait the worse it gets... I was already in so much pain I just HAD to find a way to get the work done. I know I could have waitied on having some of the amalgam fillings replaced, but it was good to get it all done in 2 visits. Less needles in my mouth at the very least! I go back in a month for another scaling procedure, and I guess thats when we'll see how often I go in for regular maintence. At least I can trust my dentist again.

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Old 02-12-2006, 05:32 PM   #5
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Re: how long should a new filling bother me?

I am glad you found a dentist you can trust, that's the most important thing! I am not sure I can trust mine. I don't think she is trying to deceive me in any way, but I am not sure if she is all that good. Before I went to this dentist I asked around for recommendations, but none of the people I asked really were happy with their dentists. This one accepted my insurance and one person recommeded her, but I don't think she had any major work done. It seems to be so hard to find a good dentist!
Sounds like you almost have everything under control now, great! I had the scaling done too. My previous dentist always claimed I didn't have any tartar on my teeth, of course this was 6 years ago, but still, I hadn't had my teeth cleaned in a long time, because he always told me I didn't need it! So when I finally got over my fear and went to the dentist again, I couldn't believe it when they told me I had periodontal disease, didn't have any of the signs. I just want to get my teeth fixed and will keep going after that. Never do I want to be in the situation again, I am in now......
My husband doesn't understand why I get so upset about the dentist, so it's nice to talk to people that DO understand

 
Old 02-12-2006, 09:54 PM   #6
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Re: how long should a new filling bother me?

I didnt think I had signs of periodontal disease either. After having the scaling done, I can see now that my gums weren't what they should have been. They definitely look better now. I just hope Im not being too crazy with the brushing, flossing, mouthwash, etc. now! I dont ever want to go through that stuff again either. If only I had taken better care of my teeth when they were still healthy. I guess all we can do now is get the work done and take care to keep everything healthy.

So how are your fillings doing now? What kind did your dentist put in?

It is very hard to find a good dentist. Most of the people I know really dont go that often, so its hard to say if they have a good one or not. I feel very lucky to have found one that I am comfortable with, thats for sure. Its just such a hard thing to deal with. The pain is awful, not to mention having someone you dont know sticking all kinds of nasty objects in your mouth!

 
Old 02-13-2006, 06:00 AM   #7
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Re: how long should a new filling bother me?

Good morning
The fillings that are bothering me are the tooth colored resin ones. I thought it was getting a lot better and then last Tuesday I went to the dentist for the buildup on my root canaled tooth and the assistant banged on those upper teeth a few times with her instruments, that seems to have made it worse again. It doesn' t bother me all the time, just comes and goes through the day, usually only a few seconds at a time. I guess I will wait a couple more weeks and see what happens.
You know, things have changed so much. When I was a kid in the 60's, I am 42 now, no one talked about flossing at the time. You were told to brush twice a day and that was it. Even when I went to the dentist they never said anything about flossing. That's why my teeth are in the shape they are in, I bet. I floss every day now and use an ultrasonic toothbrush, but all those old fillings get cavities under them and that's how you end up with root canals. And it sounds like so many people have trouble with their root canaled teeth. I only have one so far, but I can bet I'll have to have more before too long. At least I am doing all that I feel I can do for my teeth now!
I wish I could find a dentist I am comfortable with? I guess your dentist isn't in Maryland, right?

 
Old 02-13-2006, 06:48 AM   #8
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Mornin'!

I always thought flossing was a joke. And the only mouthwash I'd use was Act, which really doesnt do anything for the nasty stuff, as it is just a fluoride rinse. I use Listerene now and that stuff is incredibly nasty.

I hope my resin fillings will do okay. He did warn me that one of them could end up as a root canal because the cavity was pretty deep. So far so good though, it hasnt hurt at all so hopefully Im safe. I was told they still are only good for 10-15 years, which bothers me a bit - I dont want my teeth getting any worse. They do look great though, and at least the resin type doesnt expand and hurt the tooth like the amalgam ones.

I have 4 RC teeth, and fortunately they are all okay. I am interested in having 2 crowns replaced at some point though because they do have metal in them. Not only to they look totally fake, but the gums receede away from the metal part and it looks awful (at least they are in the back). After having CEREC crowns, Im hooked on that.

My dentist is in southern CA, so I guess that would be a bit far for you to travel

 
Old 02-13-2006, 10:12 AM   #9
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Too bad your dentist is so far away! I have a regular gold crown with porcelain on the outside and my gum have somewhat receded from that crown. I think only a small percentage of dentist do the CEREC crowns, or am I wrong about that?
I hope your tooth with the deep filling won't need a root canal. I have one just like that , I might still end up with one. One thing I am wondering about is, eventually all fillings go bad and then do they always need to drill away more of the tooth and eventually there always be a root canal? Hopefully my new fillings will last a long time. I am not ready for dentures until I am at least in my 70's, LOL.....but I guess there's nothing I can do if my teeth go bad, one by one.....
I never knew how important flossing is either, until I started having trouble with my teeth and read a lot more about it. I think now they are a lot better about trying to tell people about proper dental hygene!
Are you almost done with all your dental work, other than the two crowns you would like to have redone sometime?
I have an impacted wisdom tooth that I need to have out sometime soon, just can't do it right now because I can't get any time off work until after mid April....more fun to come!

 
Old 02-13-2006, 11:23 AM   #10
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Re: how long should a new filling bother me?

It is possible that you are having root cannal. I'd go back to the dentist. It is possible that he will do x-ray and may or may not see anything. I have problem with one tooth for 6 m until he realized that it root cannal and sent me to specialist.

 
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Im not sure how many dentists do the CEREC crowns. I looked CEREC up on the 'net a few days ago, and it seems like it is a special deal. They even have seminars just for that. The main site for it showed some really cool before/after photos. I know it is a fairly new thing at my dentist's office. There was a tech from the company there when I got my first crown done watching and giving extra pointers. I really like not having a temporary - I never had good luck with that part. The crown looks so realistic - I cant tell its not a tooth, which is way cool. They are definitely expensive though.
I am a little worried about the one deep filled tooth now - this morning it was back to being sensitive to cold. Seems okay now, so I guess I'll just have to see how it goes. I really hope it wont end up as a root canal. I almost wish I would have told him to just go ahead and do it if it might be a problem later on.
I hope not all fillings have the potential to become a root canal tooth. With exception to the tooth that just had a root canal, none of the RC teeth Ive had before had a filling prior to needing a RC. Of the 8 fillings I had, only one became a RC, and one needed a partial crown because of the size of the old filling and that tooth had fractured. How I have so many fillings is beyond me, because back then I WAS going to the dentist on a regular basis. Maybe the cleaning just wasnt that great, or I just am doomed with bad teeth.
As far as the rest of the work I want/need... I really want to have my bottom teeth straightened (again). I had braces when I was younger, and was bad about wearing the bottom retainer. At least the top ones are still straight. I asked about that, because they do InvisAlign there too, and I am really interested in going that route. I asked if I should have the crowns replaced, and he said that if I wanted to replace them, that it should definitely be done before the InvisAlign. I would like to get them whitened too, but I am nervous about that since I have a crown on one front tooth.
Do you have all your wisdom teeth, and just that one needs to be removed? I had all 4 of mine out when I was 19 or so. I know at least 2 were impacted. The surgeon I had was awful - yelled at me because I was crying due to the fact he couldnt get a needle in my vein!

 
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Good Morning
I guess we are both worried about our tooth with a deep filling, hope it will not end up a RCT for both of us!!!! PLEASE!!!!!
I still have all my wisdom teeth. The dentist I am seeing wants me to have one of them out and possibly another? She at first only talked about one, when I asked her about the others she told me to get a consultation with an oral surgeon and see what he thinks. The upper teeth are o.k., according to her. We'll see. I can't get it done until after April 15th, I work in a tax office and my boss would kill me if I had to take several days off due to the pulling of the wisdom teeth. They don't bother me, yet..... the dentist is concerned that the one is pushing against my last molar and might cause more problems down the road.
Tomorrow it's back to the dentist, she needs to redo the crown build up in the root canal tooth, last time the floss wouldn't go in between that tooth and the one next to it and it feels like the bite isn't quite right either. Hopefully it will go well. The last time my jaw was sore for almost a week because she pushed so much and my gum was bleeding because of the "thing" she puts around the tooth she is working on, it's out of metal and she pushed it into my gum very hard. I already have a stomach ache/ knot just thinking of it.
I do think genetics seem to have a lot to do with our teeth. I don't drink sodas, do brush my teeth and floss and still end up with this mess in my mouth. It's a good thing that you have a good dentist now, I am not so sure about mine .

 
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I dont like that "thing" they put around the tooth either. Ugh. The dam they use for removing alaglam fillings is pretty awful too. I am sorry you have to redo that crown buildup. Hopefully it'll go smoothly though and it'll be fixed. I like to take motrin before going to the dentist. It seems like if I can get something for pain in me before the pain starts, then its not as bad. A nurse I know taught me that trick. No matter what is done, I am always sore because I used to have TMJ probs, so I take something regardless.
Are you going to ask about those fillings tomorrow? Hopefully it'll be good news about that. I would hope all the pain would be gone within a few weeks... it'll be interesting to see what she has to say about it.
Fortunately this am, my one tooth isnt sensitive. I hope that was just a passing thing... I'd hate to have another procedure on a tooth that was just worked on already!
Good luck tomorrow!

 
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Hello again
Do you know what they call that "thing"? I am keeping my fingers crossed that the build up will be finished tomorrow...
I will ask my dentist about the fillings and see what she says.
But I am really thinking about going to a different dentist, I am not so happy with this one. She is nice, but I just don't have a good feeling about her work - for some reason. Strangely enough a good friend of ours is raving about the dental school in Baltimore. I want to check them out for my wisdom tooth that I need pulled sometime in April. My friends wife had all hers pulled there and he recently had a bit of work done, fillings and a root canal. His went fine, a faculty member did his, not a student. It is a lot more affordable, too. And he says they have the latest equipment, such as digital x-rays etc. I don't know what to think of this, what do you think?
Thank you for the tip with the Motrin, I will do that tomorrow!
So glad your tooth sensitivity is better, hopefully gone for good!
While surfing on the net today I came across posts by people that had months of sensitivity with the composite fillings, that seems awfully extreme! Nighty night!!!

 
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I dont know what the "thing" is, but it sure makes me think back to having braces. I sure hated when they put those bands around the back teeth. Ugh. They always seemed so rough while applying those too.
I would definitely check out the dental school. It certainly couldnt hurt to see how they are, and cost being less is always a plus. I would definitely check that out, and other dentists too if the school isnt to your liking. It is so much better going to see someone you can trust. A bad experience can definitely make it tough to go back to anyone. I never understood that fear until I went through it myself. The digital x-rays are amazing. I was so thrilled when I saw my new dentist had that. My husband is a farrier, and that is where I first saw digital x-rays when we were doing work at a vet hospital. Cool stuff.
That is kinda scary about people having months of sensitivity with the composite fillings. You'd think they would do better than the metal types. I hope you get good news on that today. Good luck!!!

 
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