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Posted by Jen on July 03, 2000 at 18:09:19:

In Reply to: Constant toothache in same tooth for months!! Please Read. posted by Cindy on July 01, 2000 at 19:59:20:

Yes I have heard of that problem with fillings before. Especially if they are very deep. A sedative filling is where the doctor will go in remove the filling and place medication in the tooth and then refill it. Its an attempt to sooth the nerve in the hope that it will reduce inflammation. If he doesn't, the chronic irritation can cause the tooth to die, which will then require a root canal.
Neuralgia is a sharp pain along the nerve. If he feels its that, it may be along the facial nerve. This can cause pain in the ear, throat, and deep in the facial muscles.
Its treated using phenytoin or dibenzazepine. Should the drugs not work, the nerve itself can be given an injection of phenol to alleviate the pain, or in worst case surgery is needed.

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