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Throbbing pain after filling

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6 weeks ago I got a filling on the top left-hand side of my mouth. Since there has been a lingering pain, but about 2 weeks ago it got much worse- it is throbbing and I wake up in pain every single night. Motrin helps, but I'm taking at least 4 a day, which is hurting my stomach. Also, during the day I can often go many hours between taking it- but i can't make it through the 6 or 7 hours I have to sleep at night. I notice it gets worse in the evenings and when I'm sleeping. The tooth is sensitive, but it doesnt really hurt when I eat. It feels like it's coming from my upper gum and cheek- i also noticed ive been subconsciously biting my cheek- so am now sleeping with a night guard- which helps, but the throbbing persists. My dentist said i looked fine- filled a cavity in my wisdom tooth and said that should help- it has helped the pain shooting to my nose- but the side of my face still hurts, im waking up etc. He said to give it 3 weeks - but it is really driving me crazy to be in so much pain. I've also tried antibiotics- but it didnt help. My current routine is a mix of the Motrin- mouth guard- anbesol when im waiting for the motrin to kick in. It works fine- but I am in a lot of pain until it all works about twice a day(always in the middle of the night, sometimes at the end of the work day). I also tried prescription pain killers- but the motrin is better. Any advice? It seems unbelievable that in this day and age I should have to suffer like this for so long- I'm going back to the dentist in a few weeks- looking for insight into what may be wrong- to suggest to him - or any way to cope with the pain/ help the problem on my own. Thanks.
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replied December 12th, 2008
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I would seek the advice of another dentist. From personal experience you could be having pain in another tooth and you feel the pain in a different tooth / area or it could be that you have nerve dying (this sometimes will happen after a filling, especially if it goes too deep and close to said nerve).

A routine filling should not be this painful. Of course you may have a little discomfort the day of said filling but not weeks later. Something is definately going on and I would not wait for this dentist any longer.

~Zig
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replied May 2nd, 2009
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what happened? Found a solution? My mom is going through the same thing right now. Please let me know what worked for you. We have been to several specialists without any luck.
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