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Just got back from the dentist. Is it normal for my tooth to hurt after a big filling?

Asked by ubersiren (15044 points ) April 27th, 2010

The cavity was apparently almost to the nerve (I’m embarrassed to admit). I had it filled with that tooth-colored composite. I’ve had fillings before and it’s never hurt afterward before that I remember. This time it hurts, like a throbbing pain. Is that normal? Is it because of how close it was to the nerve? Or will it go away? Could it be a reaction to the composite since I’ve never had that before? I called the dentist office, but I think they’re at lunch now. I’m hoping they didn’t leave for the day, because this hurts like a mo fo.

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gemiwing's avatar

Scale of 1–10? one being painless and ten you’re screaming on the floor.

erichw1504's avatar

I’ve had a couple fillings before, but neither of them were close to a nerver. So, that is probably why. I would wait to see what the dentist says. Did you try to leave a message on their phone?

rebbel's avatar

I asked my dentist this too after he filled some cavities the next time i visited him.
He told me it was normal to pain for some hours to a day, because he was ‘plumbing’ around there for some time.
In a way, your jaw and the thing where your teeth are standing in need to settle again.
I took some Ibuprofen and that did the job, for me.

ItalianPrincess1217's avatar

I’m no expert but I would assume that it’s hurting because of how close to the nerve it was. Pop some ibruprofen and call the dentist back just to make sure it’s normal.

janbb's avatar

I have had pain after a deep filling for a day or so. Definitely talk to the dentist, but I agree with what others have said that it is most likely because of the closeness to the nerve.

ubersiren's avatar

@gemiwing I’d say maybe a 7.
@rebbel I’m kind of worried because it’s not like a sore pain, more throbbing nerve pain… but still, it may just be agitated. I also had a tiny one filled in the back and it’s more of a sore pain.

I did leave a message. I’m hoping they call back after what I assume is their lunch hour. If not, I have an emergency number.

tedibear's avatar

Yes, it’s normal, but I wouldn’t let it go more than overnight. Take ibuprofen and try to rest. However, you have said that it’s a throbbing pain which concerns me that your dentist may have gotten closer to the nerve than he thought. I’m a little surprised that he didn’t put a medicated pellet in there.

Nullo's avatar

It shouldn’t last more than a day or so. If it does, you may have problems. How are you with hot and cold substances?

Let me know how it goes; I have the same issue, and I’m hoping to avoid a root canal. :D

gemiwing's avatar

I feel that seven is a little high. If they don’t call you back today- give the emergency number a call. Especially if you’re running a fever, have chills or the pain doesn’t calm down after an ibuprofen.

jbfletcherfan's avatar

Yes, it’s normal. Being that close to the nerve, it’s inflamed in there, probably. Take some Advil & let it get calmed down. An ice pack on it would be good, too, if you can manage that.

rebbel's avatar

@ubersiren
I just hope for you that he/she will call you back with advice.
It sucks pretty much, i know, so, be fine.

deni's avatar

think about it. if it was close to the nerve, and maybe he even touched the nerve a bit while drilling, of course it’s gonna hurt. i wouldn’t worry too much about it unless it still hurts just as bad tomorrow when you wake up.

ubersiren's avatar

@Nullo I haven’t had the “nerve” to try to eat or drink. Hahaha, get it? Nerve? I’m hilarious.
@deni Ugh, thinking about that makes me want to pass out… I hope that’s all it is.
@rebbel Thanks, me too.
@jbfletcherfan Thank you, I’ll try ice too, then.

deni's avatar

@ubersiren believe me i know! if i even think about going to the dentist i get the shivers. let alone thinking about the sound of that drill. brb while i spew

ubersiren's avatar

Well, they called back and she’s afraid I need root canal. I think I’ll just kill myself now. If you don’t see me on here for a while, you’ll know what happened. I’m going back in a little later so she can check if the filling is just “overfilled” and causing me pain when I bite. I dunno. This is no good.

deni's avatar

He should have been able to see if it needed a root canal though…like, literally, with the mirror while he was in your mouth. I think? I had a really bad toothache once and they gave me a filling because he said when he had drilled down to it he could see it didn’t need a root canal…but he ended up being wrong and 6 months later, there i was crying in the dentist office at the news. but ps….it honestly wasn’t that bad. and im the biggest baby ever!

rebbel's avatar

@ubersiren
I know (really, i do) that you would rather vanish from the planet then go to the dentist again, but just go.
Some weeks ago i had the same feeling, was about to cry (and ask for my mommy) but i went.
I had also root canal done, and after he gave me sedatives (which i asked for) the whole thing was pretty…, well…, okay.
Did almost feel nothing (pain wise).
One thing i would suggest is to close your eyes when he/she is busy, so you won’t see the tools he is using.
I didn’t do that and i saw them all and it didn’t do much good for my nerves.
Two weeks ago, when i had some cavities filled i closed them and i almost (not really) fell asleep.
Good luck.

stratman37's avatar

What time what your appointment? 2:30? Ha Ha

stratman37's avatar

to answer the original question – hells yeah!

janbb's avatar

A root canal is scarier in prospect than in actuality; I’ve had two done. They are expensive though which is a “pain”. Good luck and let us know what’s doing with it.

ubersiren's avatar

I’m back! Alive! So, we think it was just overfilled. The pain is nearly gone and I’ve now taken an ibuprofen. I ate a piece of pb bread with no problem, so I hope that’s all it was. I was a little bitter that my son got a little toy prize when I’m the one that went through all the pain. ಠ_ಠ

Thanks everyone, for your help and support!

janbb's avatar

@ubersiren Great to hear!

snowberry's avatar

@ubersiren You’re a # 7 now? You’ll be in more pain come bedtime. Call the doc and get a prescription for pain so you can sleep. If the pain increases tomorrow, call the doc and tell him something must be done.

casheroo's avatar

Glad you figured it out!
I feel like an expert on this, I would have told you that composite fillings are always more sensitive, they also don’t last as long (I had one break while pregnant, and it turned into a huge cavity :() I got a large one filled in the back (two of them actually) and usually if it’s a root canal, it’ll hurt with hot foods…it’s normal to be sensitive to cold foods for up to a week after a filling.

stratman37's avatar

So, nobody got the “2:30” joke?

ubersiren's avatar

@stratman37 Haha… I didn’t at first, but that’s good ;)

drkenross's avatar

Did you recover well?

ubersiren's avatar

Yes, all seems to be back to normal. Thanks for asking!

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