Hello there. I am a Canadian citizen who currently resides in Sweden. I had a minor pain on my tooth 5 in the upper left quadrant so I went to see a dentist. After an x ray I was told that there was a very minor cavity under the filling needs to be replaced. The white filing was used for replacement. However I felt some sensitivity afetr this. The area was so sensitive that I could not chew on that side of my mouth. When the pain persisted 7 days after the filling was done I went back to see the dentist. This time I saw another dentist in the practice. I was told after another set of x rays were taken, that my problem lies with tooth number 4 and not tooth number 5. The filling on 4 was replaced. Now a week after that my tooth 5 still hurts and I still cannot chew on that side of my mouth. The pain comes and goes and most of the sensitivity occurs when I eat. There is a slight reaction to cold, but none to hot. Also when the floss passes the area at the top where tooth 4 and 5 touch, that is where most of the sensitivity is located. So the pain originates in the top right side of tooth 5 where it comes into contact with tooth 4. Any information regarding a possible cause would be greatly appreciated as I am far away from home and far away from a dentist I trust. I humbly thank you for your time.

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  • Dr.melissa

    Dr.melissa 19 - July - 2012, at 01:58 AM

  • Tina there are many reasons to pain after filling.Specially in case of composite filling the pain can be due to the fact that the composite filling shrinks after setting and the filling moves away from tooth Thus a gap is created b/w tooth and filling leading to sensitivity and pain.But initially it can be due to just a little bit of sensitivity  that may go off in a day or two or there can be a high filling that requires to be trimmed. Another reason can be that the decay is too deep that causes the pain and needs RCT instead of simple filling.So  u can wait for 2 to 3 days and if no relief then go back to ur dentist and get clinical checkup and Xray done for correct diagnosis and treatment accordingly.

  • TINA

    TINA 18 - July - 2012, at 02:27 AM

  • Hi I just had a composite filling put in today. It was a deep filling and he used a liner and shone a light into it during the process. I am starting to feel slight sharp pains in this tooth. He said that the tooth was now looking good and I got in right on time or I could have lost it. When I bite down it is not raised so I know that can't be the reason for the pain. I cannot afford a root canal, so hoping this won't be the start of needi.g one and extraction is not an option as it is a bottom tooth vital for eating. Is there any other reason for the pain? I had an extraction a few days ago too so my teeth are sensitive to start with. I'm really scared.

  • dr ritz

    dr ritz 11 - September - 2011, at 22:40 PM

  • Your question is not very clear. what we interpret from your question is that you have severe pain after root canal treatment. pain may be there for 3-4 days after the root canal treatment, after which it regresses. If the pain persists, it can be because of overfilling of the canal or can be because of some infection still left in the tooth after root canal treatment. you need to refer to your dentist for this. In such cases, re-root canal treatment or apicoectomy may be done. Gum infection in the area may be causing the pain so maintain a good oral hygine for this. Capping is given on the root canal treated tooth when there is no pain in the tooth. The tooth becomes weaher and brittle after the root canal treatment so capping is given.

  • narendra

    narendra 11 - September - 2011, at 01:12 AM

  • i treated my root canal trement, after i have been sufferiing sever pain .pls suggestd me.

  • Dr.Ritz

    Dr.Ritz 09 - September - 2011, at 23:40 PM

  • Pain after filling can be because of some high point present on the filling or if the filling is very close to the nerve. If there is some high point present in the tooth, then selective grinding is done by the dentist to reduce the pain.  If the filling is very close to the nerve, it may cause pain. In such cases root canal treatment is done for the tooth followed by capping. Pain can also be because of gum infection in relation to that tooth. If the pain is because of gum infection, then you have to maintain good oral hygiene for this. You can do warm saline rinses if there is swelling present around the gums. If the pain continues, better refer to your dentist in this regard. For more info on pain after filling, you can refer to the following article.... http://www.identalhub.com/dental-reasons-of-tooth-ache-or-pain-after-dental-filling-812.aspx

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