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Old 09-10-2003, 02:14 PM   #1
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Post Help - extreme pain following cavity filling help help. Here's my story: I just got two wisdom teeth pulled (upper and lower) on one side of my face. The lower tooth had been pushing into a cavity in the tooth next to it, so after I had healed a bit from the wisdom teeth I went back in today to get that cavity filled.

It was a pretty deep cavity so he gave me the novocaine shots then drilled for a good long time, then filled it with the silver amalgamated filling.

The novocaine just wore off and I am in unbelievable pain. It's just located at that tooth (not radiating to my ear or neck) but it seems far more painful than I ever remember it being. I have a really high pain tolerance, but this is almost making me weep. I just took two aspirin but no change.

Is this normal? Could it be a reaction to the filling? Or did he maybe hit the nerve or something? Will it fade? I am supposed to go back in tomorrow but am debating about calling the emergency number. Any help would be so appreciated.

- M

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Old 09-10-2003, 03:26 PM   #2
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i recently had a very deep filling done.
the dentist told me that it was almost to the nerve.
he said to give it a week, if it hadn't "settled"(become pain-free), by then, he was going to have to go back in and do a root-canal.
after 2 painful days it's now fine.
i personally find ibuprofen is far more effective than aspirin for toothache.
or paracetamol/codeine is good too.

Old 09-10-2003, 04:18 PM   #3
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Thanks for the message...I took some Panadol (prescribed for the wisdom tooth pain but I never took them) and it alleviated it some. I'm just glad to know someone else is in the same boat. Not that I want anyone else in know what I'm saying...

- M

Old 09-10-2003, 07:14 PM   #4
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Hi there. Sorry to hear you are in pain. Take the Advil, as suggested, as opposed to anything else. It has an anti-inflammatory property, as you may know. What has happened is that your cavity was most likely very deep and your dentist may have aggravated the nerve as a result of drilling near the pulp cavity. If you feel this way tomorrow, go back and ask them to re-assess the tooth. They will probably do a bite adjust, (just in case)and a possible open and drain, as it is called to relieve the pain. This is the start of a root canal, and it will help your discomfort. the only other alternative to the root canal is extraction. Kind of a poor prognosis, but there you go! Hope you feel better!

Old 09-11-2003, 01:04 AM   #5
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Thanks guys...I'm going back today. It was much less painful when I woke up this morning, which I'm taking as a good sign.

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