first time poster here...
First off, let me say that I love these boards. The people responding truly have some great insight and advice. I'm hoping to hear what your opinions are on my issue.
So about 2 weeks ago I had two cavities filled (right side, molars) one on the bottom and one on the top, right on top of each other.
The top tooth is great. I feel nothing and I can eat on it without problems.
The bottom tooth is giving me problems
I've had cavities filled before, and I know that the tooth can hurt for a bit and that it may feel like heavy pressure when you bite on it for the first few days. It can also be sensitive to hot/cold and what not until the nerves settle down etc etc...
It's been two weeks and my tooth is still sensitive to hot/cold food/drinks. The cavity was on the front of the tooth, in between the teeth (where you floss) and my gum is still sensitive to touch.
Also, ever since I had it filled, I keep getting massive amounts of food in there that I have to floss after every meal. I've never had full strings of salad stuck below my gums, but now I have to carefully floss to get any food out pretty much after every meal.
Is the gum inflammation a possible reason for this? Was there a pocket that never went back down (attached back to the tooth) after a wedge was placed?
Also, the right side of the jaw, on the back where the joints are, is now constantly in pain as if I have a pinched nerve. I can't open/close my mouth with a straight bite without feeling some nerve pain.
Is it possible that during the cavity fill, I had my mouth opened for so long, that I might have pinched/displaced the nerve myself? If so, how can this be undone? It's very uncomfortable and it hurts when I bite food on that side of my mouth.
Would you recommend that I contact the dentist's office about it?
Thank you for any thoughts.