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Old 10-02-2015, 11:18 PM
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Originally Posted by mimi904 View Post
I'm having the same pain in the upper right of my back tooth.he filled a deep cavity which is still hurting when I eat because the food is going between my teeth . my dentist say if its pain I will need to get pulled . ughh I hate going threw this
If it's a third molar, I agree. But if a second molar, why not a root canal and crown?
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Old 01-17-2019, 03:39 PM
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Hi, Having the same issue with my white fillings. Curious if you still had any pain and what you did to finally relieve it. Thanks.


Originally Posted by boba ben View Post
I've had a lot of dental work done in the last month and I'm just a little worried and freaking out about everything. I sometimes think it might be me being a hypochondriac, but I just don't know. I've been scouring yahoo answers and dental forums for some insight, so I thought I'd just put out there since my situation is somewhat unique.

I had a root canal on my lower right molar, number 31, back at the beginning of 2010, and I made the stupid mistake of not going in to get the crown done afterwards and ended up cracking the temporary filling in mid April. I had to have it redone and my insurance didn't cover the procedure, so I was out quite a lot of money on that.

While I was taking care of that, my dentist also noticed some pretty deep cavities on both my upper right and upper left molars. I had the right ones done on April 19, 2012 and the left ones done on May 17th. They are all white composite filling. There was no pain before the filling, but the right ones have been bothering me since April. It hurt a lot at first all the time and I was sensitive to cold and avoided eating on them all together. The pain has been decreasing, I have little to no sensitivity to cold, no sensitivity to heat, and it usually doesn't hurt, but I do have mild pain once in awhile still when I eat crunchy stuff like chips or crackers. Some days I also get more severe pain and headaches a little after dinner time or if I floss or mess around between the two teeth on the right that were filled. I haven't had any kind of trouble sleeping at all, either. My normal dentist was on vacation this past Thursday, but I had another one in his office grind down some of the permanent crown that had just been placed on my lower root canal tooth and she also said there was a little excess filling material on the left, so she sanded it down a bit as well. I still have been having the pain and headaches a couple of times over the weekend. I have also noticed that it feels kind of like there's a bit of an overhang between the teeth that were filled as it feels like the dental floss is pulling on the top of the teeth when I pull it through. I've started using Colgate sensitive toothpaste and started using Glide floss instead of regular floss as well. That seems to help, but I still sometimes seem to hit a certain spot when flossing that gives me a sharp pain that feels kind of like when you bite on a piece of tin foil with a metal filling. It may also be worth noting that the more severe pain I've been experiencing from time to time goes away almost immediately if I take a couple Advil.

Is this something that might go away or am I going to need another root canal on the upper right tooth? If the filling/crown were high could it just take awhile for my periodontal ligaments to heal from the trauma? I'd really like to avoid having another root canal done as I've already spent a ton of money trying to get my dental health back in order and my insurance limit is running low due to the amount of work I've already had done. My dentist told me to give it another month to keep healing, but if it still hurts or gets worse to come back and have it re-evaluated. I've also heard that when deep fillings are done, it sometimes takes awhile for the dentin in the teeth to strengthen and that they could be sensitive and achy for a long time after the filling, possibly even months. Is this possible as well? Any advice or input would be appreciated.
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Old 01-23-2019, 11:32 AM
Location: Redmond, Washington
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I would call in asking for an anti-biotic just in case there is an infection. Might do the trick. Minus an infection, I'd imagine it will eventually get better?
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Old 07-12-2019, 04:47 PM
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I have never had a tooth "weaken" due to a root canal, and I've never had a crown. Many years later, the tooth with the root canal and 20-year temporary filling, cracked, and a crown, if I had had the money, would have had to be replaced before that time.

As to, "Whatever patching up they do will be temporary and you are at risk of the tooth breaking within the gum on extraction, which then means surgery and a lot of agony just to get the roots out." This is not true and it's not how it works. I wish you had not made this frightening and painful. I almost lived with the pain of the broken teeth because of statements like that. It's not true that the fix for the tooth broken within the gum is other than what a dentist skilled at oral surgery can handle with ease and without pain. So, for other readers - the tooth cracked badly should not be a big hairy deal.

When faced with needing any work and without insurance, or funds, the least thing needed is to instill unnecessary fear and fear of pain and hoary-gorey "surgery." It just isn't the case.
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