Originally Posted by musigal
I had a cavity filled in March 2010. I had not had pain before the cavity was filled. I went to the dentist days later to report the pain.
Until now, the dentist has filed the filling to adjust the bite. He has taken the filling out and completely cleaned the tooth and refilled it.
Xrays show no damage or other issue with the tooth. Yet, he can not explain the pain I am experiencing.
I have same problem. Before I had silver filling. Dentist said it needs to be replaced. I went with composite resin filling. Before filling, she injected local anesthetic. I felt sharp pain deep inside the tooth (almost at the bottom of the jaw). I told her so. She just rubbed little bit and said it will take little bit time for it to become effective. After that filling is done. Since then I have pain deep inside that tooth. First 2 weeks, it was only for hot/cold and pressure bites. Weeks 3 and 4, it progressed and painful even without touching. I started eating soft food and reduced to only soups. Pain did not go away. I went back to the dentist. She took X-Ray and did not find any problem with tooth. She said no signs of infection also. She just took out the composite filling and put a sedative medicine with a temporary filling. If that fixes problem, she said she will redo filling in few weeks. If it does not, she said a root canal would be needed. If the sedative medicine does not help, she asked me to take pain killers (Advil, Tylenol, etc.) for few days. I am taking Advil, but soon after it wears out, pain comes back. I am suspecting that during the procedure, some nerves were damaged and causing the pain. 4+ weeks is enough time to reduce any temporary inflammation and make it worse if infected. Nerve damage does not show in X-Rays and may not be repairable. If this pain persists, I may bite the bullet and get a root canal (from a different doctor). Glad to know I am not unique, but sad that others are also suffering like this. I paid for composite filling and again to take it out and left with persistent pain. I don't know how much more it is going to cost me (insurance pays for silver filling once a year, problem diagnosis and repairing is not their problem, second filling is on me).