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Old 11-03-2011, 11:08 PM   #1
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Unhappy Pain after tooth filling

I went to the dentist on tuesday and had my lower left 7 filled. It was a large cavity and therefore took a while (about 30-45 minutes). After about 6 hours the anesthesia wore off. However after that i began experience some pain in my jaw and the injection sites. i know that whenever i am given an injection the site tends to hurt for i while, what i don't understand however is why my jaw hurts. Also why i am unable to even smile or talk without experiencing pain. I have been icing it almost constantly since wednesday but this does not seem to be working.
It would be of great help if you were able to tell me what i can do or take to ease this pain as eating is very difficult and takes a long time due to the pain i'm experiencing.
Thank you in advance for your help.

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Old 11-04-2011, 05:03 AM   #2
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Re: Pain after tooth filling

Two things come to mind. First, the pain may be because you had to hold your mouth open for an big longer than usual. The jaw muscle may have gone into spasm. This should resolve itself in about 7-10 days. Try using a warm compress and some gentle massage at the jaw angle. Some people try gently chewing gum.

The other thing is that the filling, because you mentioned that it was a large one, may have come close to the nerve. This "may" resolve itself when the trauma from getting the filling goes away. Or, it is possible that the nerve has been disrupted, which can easily happen with a large filling, and you will need it a root canal on that tooth.

If you can take an anti-inflammatory, like ibuprofen, I would try that for a day or so, but if the pain is still there after a weeks time from filling, you need to get back to the dentist for a reevaluation of the tooth.

Good luck. I hope all your pain is just from the trauma of the filling and will be gone by the time you read this. Do let us know how you are.

My very best to you,

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Old 11-04-2011, 11:34 AM   #3
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Re: Pain after tooth filling

Thank you i will try the warm compress and the chewing. the pain i feel is not in the tooth so i dont think the filling is the problem.

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