Severe pain post filling, advice please?!


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Hi,

I am desperately seeking some advice! I am not a fan of visits to the dentist but had some toothache so eventually bit the bullet (ba-dum-tish) and made an appointment with a dentist based on a recommendation by my mum.

I went for the intial consultation, had an x-ray and a poke around, and was booked in for the following week for a filling.

When I went back for the filling it was gone closing time by the time I actually went through. He gave me a mirror so I could see what was happening, that I tried not to use because I didn’t want to know what was going on! He told me the filling was quite deep, and tried to show me the nerve (no thank you!), and it was really close to the next tooth so some discomfort and sensitivity should be expected for a few days. He filled it in and was out of the room, leaving me with the nurse, before I could even sit up. When the injection wore off that night I felt awful, like I’d been punched in the face, but felt a little better the next day.

Just over a week later I still couldn’t expose the tooth to hot or cold, or chew on that side of my mouth. The pain was constant but not debilitating, but enough to need pain killers once or twice a day. So I called the dentist and they saw me that afternoon. Another x Ray later and she tells me the tooth should come out!! This was totally unexpected and quite a shock. She did say I could try a root canal but “these don’t always work” and can “cost up to £750”! This was a different dentist than the first one I saw as he was off, but she came across as very defensive of him and kept telling me he hadn’t done anything wrong, even though I’d never suggested he had.

Sorry for droning on, finally to the point - what do I do? The tooth is close to the front on the bottom I really don’t want to lose it. I’m in ALOT more pain than I was before I went to the dentist so now I am wondering, has something gone wrong and they don’t want to own up to it? Or is this normal and I’m just being an idiot?

Is root canal a better option than extraction? Or is it a costly endeavour that could lead to extraction anyway? Or should I be getting a second opinion? And should the filling of been put straight onto a nerve in the first place?!

Thank you!
 
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honestdoc

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Saving the teeth with root canals and crowns can be expensive. You alternative is to extract the tooth. Some teeth especially the Upper first molars tend to fail with root canals due to its complex anatomy. It is best to talk with the same dentist who you feel most comfortable with and go over your options. Many dentists will refer complex root canals to specialists but the costs may be astronomically high.
 

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