If any of you remember, I posted last month about having a deep filling done a couple of months ago that was causing me some terrible pain, sometimes after eating, sometimes just out of the blue. It was also waking me up at night, which I knew wasn't a good sign. Anyway, I had read another post on here when I was doing a search, and found a couple of people who had recommended using a toothpaste called Gel-Kam (they spelled it Gel-Cam but it's with a 'K'), and one person said she used it for tooth pain and it made the pain go away. I figured I had nothing to lose, especially since it was now going on 3 months and I was still getting pain in my tooth, so I bought a tube of it. Well, I just wanted to tell everyone that this stuff is like a miracle in a tube - I started using it 5 days ago, and I haven't had any pain in my tooth since. It's for sensitive teeth, but I had used Sensodyne and that didn't help my tooth at all - this Gel-Kam is just unbelievable. My tooth actually feels normal, no pain whatsoever, not even when I chew. Even my husband was skeptical it would help but thought it wouldn't hurt to try it. So I just wanted people on here to know about it, and for others in the future who may do a search on here for help for deep filling pain, this stuff is pretty amazing, and it definitely works. You have to ask for it at the pharmacy as they only get a few tubes in at a time so they keep it back there, and I paid about $13 for it, but it's worth every penny. So anyone who's still having pain from a filling (or probably any kind of dental work), please try this before anything else. I'm just sorry I didn't know about it sooner.
Gel-Kam is a prescription strenth toothpaste usually given to people who suffer from Xerostomia (dry mouth) to help prevent cavities. The high levels of fluoride help strengthen teeth and reduce sensitivity where there is exposed dentin.
I'm glad to hear about your success with the gel-kam. Other things people might try are "ACT Fluoride rinse" an over the counter rinse, or another prescription toothpaste called Prevident 5000+.
Kellie2 - You should know that after a deep filling, sometimes the pulp, the nerves and blood vesels of a tooth, become irritated and inflammed, either because of irritation from the procedure, or because bacteria got into the pulp from the cavity you had. It can also be caused because the filling is close to the pulp and is transmitting cold sensations directly to the pulp. This is called reversible pulpitis, and may go away with time. Sometimes this can be caused if the filling was too high, and you are "hitting" harder on that tooth than before. Your dentist should check to make sure, and adjust the filling if that is the case. If the pulp is not able to heal, then a situation of chronic inflammation begins. This is called irreversible pulpitis. Symptoms of this include lingering pain to cold, and spontaneous pain (like waking you up in the middle of the night). If no treatment is received, eventually the pulp will become necrotic (it dies). When this happens, all the symptoms will go away. This is because all the nerves have died. But what is actually happening inside your tooth is that bacteria have made themselves a nice little home and are breeding inside your tooth. Eventually, (maybe weeks, maybe YEARS) they will spread out into the surrounding tissues, and you will end up with an abcess. In severe cases, you'll get the swollen face, etc. I sincerely hope this isn't the case with you. BUT, I really think you should go to your dentist and have him (or her) take an x-ray to see if a lesion is forming around the root of the tooth, and do something called "pulp testing". To so this, they take hot and cold and apply it to the tooth in question and compare it to the reaction of other teeth in your mouth. This will let them know if the tooth is healthy and cured, (Thanks gel-kam!) or if you have a serious problem brewing. If your dentist does a lot of root canals in their office (instead of refering them to a specialist), they will probably have a machine called an EPT, which tests to see if the tooth is necrotic.
I really hope that your tooth is alive and healthy, but you should get it checked just in case!
I had the same issues with a deep filling. I actually went to the dentist today because I couldn't take the pain any more!
She went to numb it and it took 3 tries to get it to work. Then she filed down my new filling because it was rubbing on the tooth above it. She also found a crack and filled that in and bonded it. She also gave me a pain killer prescription along with an antibiotic.
I have to check back in one week and if it is not better she is giving me a root canal and a crown. With the pain I am feeling I wanted the canal and crown done right then and there!
I hope you get relief soon I know what you are going through!