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May 8, 2014 8:49 PM Subscribe
Had some fillings done on bottom molars a month and a half ago, have had some intermittent pain on that side ever since, and now in the last few days I've had shooting pains in one tooth. Am I looking at a big expensive (and terrifying) root canal or could it be related to nerve damage from trauma to the mouth?
posted by bluebelle to Health & Fitness (10 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I am a pain-in-the-ass dental patient. Weird nerve pain and referred pain from trauma to the mouth as a kid. Biggest wimp ever when it comes to rubber dams and drilling sounds etc, so my very sympathetic and skilled dentist did these first composite fillings without a rubber dam. I was in excruciating pain for a week afterwards, with swollen gums from the tooth clamps (?) and probably again the weird nerve damage. The bite was off a bit on the affected tooth so she tried to adjust it for me when I went for my second set of fillings (top teeth) but she was unable to file it because even trying to file the filling on that tooth gave me shooting pains. She tried to compensate by filing the top filling down a little. Everything settled down after a while, and actually I had little to no pain from the fillings she did on my top teeth 3 weeks ago. The bottom ones still hurt a bit but I thought it was just because the bite needs further adjustment.
Now in the last few days I've had a lot of pain from the bottom tooth where the bite is off, but I'm pretty sure it's not from the bite itself because I'll get shooting pains just from breathing in cold air over the tooth or brushing my tongue against the edge of the filling. My toddler accidentally smashed the bottom of my chin a few days ago, and bruised it nicely. Could be possible that injury flared up some nerve issue? I have a hard time believing I'm the only person ever who has strange referred dental pain, but every dentist I've been to is baffled by my experience.
Oh, and my dentist is far, far away from me -- a 4 hour drive, in fact. I have an appointment booked in a month's time and will be calling tomorrow to ask her about this, but I will be so unbelievably busy with work for the next 3 weeks that I can't just go to her office for a check-up on this tooth.
TL;DR: Shooting tooth pain 6 weeks after getting a filling, and a few days after a minor bash to the chin. What do you think: possible root canal or weird nerve pain thing?