I am 28 yrs. old and went to see my dentist in July for a regular 6mo checkup. I had been experiencing no pain or discomfort, but was told I had two cavities in my top right back molars. So, no worries. I made an appointment for the following week to get them filled.
I came in to have them filled and didn't notice anything strange about the appointment other than the dentist pushing really hard on my jaw when he was putting the fillings in.
When I went home that evening I noticed as the novacaine wore off that my teeth on the entire right side of my face were sensitive to cold. Over the next few days this bothered me so I called my dentist. He said it was fairly normal as it was a deep filling on the back molar. He told me to take some ibuprofen and call him back if my symptoms worsened.
Over the next week the sensitivity to cold lessened a little, but my jaw and cheeks started to ache terribly. I had to take 1500mg of ibuprofen 2-3 times a day in order to tolerate the pain. I had no pain upon biting down or eating. Just constant aches and soreness in my face on the right side.
After a week of this I called back and they told me to come in. They thought I needed a bite adjustment. But upon my first visit the dentist said he thought my bite was ok. The x-ray he took showed no indication of any infection. He told me I had pupitis and that it may or may not go away. He told me to continue with the ibuprofen.
I waited another week and a half before calling back. The sensitivity had almost completely gone away at this point. My jaw was still really aching and I began to get surges or pressure and pain in my face, roof of mouth and cheek bones. Without seeing me the dentist said I was probably grinding my teeth and prescribed an anti-inflammatory. I took that for three days before I went to my regular Dr. to see if I possibly had a sinus infection and if that was the cause of my facial pain. They said no, but put me on an antibiotic to be safe.
I could not take it anymore. My bite was terribly off. My cheeks hurt so bad and my jaw was so sore. Even my speech was not correct as I couldn't open my mouth properly. So, I went back to my dentist and asked him to please check my bite again. He did so and made a few slight adjustments. I felt immediate relief that evening but after the adjustment felt like I was biting on something in my mouth...like he hadn't adjusted the filling properly. So, with slight relief, but still some pressure and pain, I called back a few days later and asked for a 2nd adjustment, which he did. More relief this time, but still bump on back molar that did not feel comfortable while eating or biting down.
So, I went back for a 3rd adjustment almost a week later. I said that I made quite a bit of improvement but was still feeling like I was biting on something. He did another adjustment and it felt better this time. But...still feeling this little bump. I decided to let it be and see how my bite adjusted. During this next week I felt very little pain in my jaw and the pressure in my face had virtually gone away. However, this bump was still there. It was uncomfortable and not easy to bite down on.
So...after some deliberation, I called back a week later and asked to be seen again. I told the dentist that my symptoms were virtually gone, just this darn bump on my tooth. He had me bite down on the articulation paper and then did a small adjustment. After the fact, he told me that it was not the filling he adjusted, but the actual tooth around the filling. Ok...I didn't think anything about it when I left. I didn't feel the bump anymore.
However...that afternoon, literally within a few hours, I noticed the pressure in my face return and my cheekbones started to ache again.
HUGE disappointment. I don't know what's going on, but it now feels like I have to squeeze down to get my back molars to touch on the right side.
I have only ever had one cavity filled before this and had 0 problems. I feel like crying. I'm so tired of being in pain and feeling like this. I called my dentist back and told him that the pain had returned and he just said he wanted me to wait it out. I feel like he doesn't really listen to me and did each of the adjustments rather quickly and tried to get them done as fast as he could.
So, I called another dentist that was recommended to me and asked him for his opinion. He said he didn't think it was my bite. That the muscles in my face had been in a lot of trauma and needed time to relax and heal. That eventually, even if it takes months, it would probably go away. I just don't understand how one week I can be virtually pain free and then after the last adjustment all my pain returns
Anybody have any opinions or similar experiences? I'm just at my wits end and don't know what to do anymore. I'm considering seeing a TMJ specialist in the area. One who actually might know what is wrong with me and if my bite is off still. I personally think that he should not have done the 4th adjustment knowing it was the tooth around the filling I was biting on. My back molars always used to touch and I don't think I should have to squeeze down to get them to. I also now feel like I'm hitting harder on my teeth towards the front of my mouth on the right side when I bite down.
Can I have the filling redone by a competent dentist? Can they add more resin in and reshape it correctly?
Anybody???? Please HELP!!!!