After my regular 9 mo dental check up, the health partners dentist told me that I had 4 cavities. We scheduled appts to fix them. The first cavaty was in the 2nd to the last tooth on my right side on the bottom deep in the gum area and at or near the nerve. He loaded me up with nova cane per my request, yet 3 times during the drilling I experienced pain. Afterward, the tooth really hurt. Instead of having the other fillings done, I used the next appointment to discuss that tooth. He said that it probably should come out, but maybe a root canal would save it, and set me up with an octodontist (spelling). The Octo guy did some probing and said that the tooth was a little loose, and probably cracked and it wouldn't be worth a root canal, and to go back to the regular dentist and have it pulled. I had the other 3 fillings done, but have not sched an appt to have the 1st one pulled. After 10 days or so, it quit hurting, but was still sore to chew on. After another 10 days to 2 weeks I could chew soft foods on that tooth. For several days now I have been able to chew medium hard foods on that side. The tooth seems to be getting better, and the loseness (in my mind) is tightening up. My thinking is that in filling the tooth he nicked or cut the nerve, it swelled up as any other bodily injury will do, and has been and still is in the process of healing. What do you think happened, and what should I do, if anything.