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Old 02-24-2011, 01:58 PM   #1
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Deep cavity filled and it's killing me! :/

I just got a deep cavity on a top molar filled this morning and as soon as the novocaine wore off a few hours later I was in pain. I've had plenty of cavities filled, even plenty of root canals (sadly ha) and I don't remember ever having pain like this. My mouth is a little sore, and my tooth is really sensitive to cold things, which is normal, but what I don't think is normal is this: every once in a while (sometimes every 5 minutes, sometimes every 1/2 hour, it depends) out of nowhere I will get a sharp shooting pain in the nerve. It makes my entire face flinch. It lasts about 3 seconds and goes away, but it seems to happen for no reason at all.. I was reading about bite issues but all of the times this has happened I haven't been doing anything (not eating, not talking, nothing). I called my dentist and he told me to take some Motrin.. is this normal? I feel like it isn't!

 
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Re: Deep cavity filled and it's killing me! :/

Hi,
Sorry you're in pain. It may be because the filling is close to the nerve and the nerve is irritated. It reacts with a jolting shot of pain. You also probably had a few novocaine injections and the area may still be swollen. This can also cause a painful reaction.

Your dentist is right on with the Motrin. It's an anti-inflammatory and will help with swelling around the tissues.

Give it a few days. Rinse with warm salt water (1/4 teaspoon in 8oz. warm water). That will also help edema (fluid in the tissue).

If you don't have any improvement in a few days, call your dentist. He may want to check it out.

Hope this helps.
My best to you,
Gellia

 
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