Significant pain after deep filling — what is happening and what should I do? : Dentistry



I would like to preface this by saying that I have never had regular dentist appointments in my life and I regret it. I went to the dentist after having weeks of pain when biting down, went to two different dentists, and ended up needing 6 fillings.

One was so large that both dentists thought I might need a root canal, it was between two molars on my upper left side. That was where I was having pain when chewing foods that was sharp instantaneous.

Over a two week period I had 4 of the 6 fillings completed. I had experienced normal discomfort immediately after, and some sensitivity, but I wasn’t concerned by that. It has been two weeks since the “potential root canal” filling and one week since the three other fillings, all molars.

Anyway, I have had radiating pain on my right side that I wasn’t sure was severe or not. It radiated from where I had my operation to other teeth around the area and up to my ear. It’s annoying but happens only in the evening, tylenol usually taking care of it after 15 minutes. I was going to call my dentist tomorrow because of this, asking if it were normal. As I was thinking on this, and while also eating, I started to chew on the left side of my mouth and I get a sharp pain that brought tears to my eyes.

After the sharp pain, which I would say was about an 8 out of 10 if a 10 were having your fingernail forcefully removed, the pain turned into a radiating ache not unlike the right side. Now, with both sides of my mouth sore, I am miserable. I took tylenol and the pain has mostly gone away after 15 minutes, but there is still a slight sting on my left side where I had my filling and where the sharp pain originated.

When I tap on my tooth with a spoon, kind of like how the dentist did it during my exam with his instruments, I don’t feel any pain, even before the tylenol. When I press behind my last molar the radiating pain becomes more tolerable and almost non-existent, until I let go and it goes back to radiating (3 or 4 out of 10).

I am definitely going to call my dentist tomorrow morning, but I am terrified. My experience with the fillings were bad enough (I suffered several panic attacks during the operations). I would like some insight on what I should expect, what is going on, and help alleviate my anxiety about it.

Like I said the pain is mostly gone thanks to the tylenol (still with some minor throbbing coming from the left side), but I am afraid to finish eating as I don’t want to experience that sharp pain again. It was rather unpleasant.

Thank you for your time.

Edit: I just took a bite of a softer food and chewed gently and I didn’t feel any pain, but I am under the effects of 1000mg of Tylenol. I don’t know what that means for my situation, but I thought it was pertinent to the post.


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