Sensitivity after filling

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I had a tooth that seemed perfectly fine, no sensitivity etc. My dentist said that I needed a filling (amalgam) and should get it done, so I did. Since then it has been sensitive. I've had part of it replaced now (couple of months since being done) and it's still the same.

It's likely that the dentist will need to do more work on it (but I'll give it a bit more time). I'm worried that if the dentist does the same thing again then I'll still have the same problem. Is there a point where I should look for a new dentist?

I like my dentist but some people are questioning whether he's very good. Is this quite a common thing or is the dentist doing something wrong, and should I consider a different dentist? btw the dentist isn't charging for re-work, so they aren't doing it for the money.
 

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Any prep work (drilling) can cause sensitivity especially to cold. Many times if the filling is small, the sensitivity should decrease. If the filling or cavity is near the nerve (pulp), there is a chance the pulp can get irreversibly damaged (intense pain that wakes you up) or die (swelling, infection). The dentist should communicate with you on realistic expectations. Many times after the filling, the bite may have changed because checking the bite after anesthesia may not be as accurate. Make sure your teeth are biting ok.
 

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