Went to the dentist last Monday for the first time in almost nine years (I didn't have insurance or much money for a long time, and I've always had good teeth) due to some discomfort while chewing. They took x-rays and found three cavities, the first I've ever had- one larger one and two small ones, all on the same side. Went back last Wednesday and had them all dealt with in one two-and-a-half hour marathon session. Cut to today, four days later, and I'm having discomfort, sensitivity, and pain still whenever I chew on that side. I'm kind of freaked out and worrying that there might be something more wrong. Is this kind of aftereffect normal?
It means that the fillings need to be adjusted. Very common when you have that many done at the same time. There's no way you can tell at that time whether they are right due to all the numbness and trauma in 3 spots at once.
I had the same problem, sort of.
I have two cavities on either side of my mouth that were fixed when I was a kid. They started hurting out of nowhere, but only with certain foods. First it was one side, then it was the other. I had assumed it was because the fillings were damaged or fell out or something.
When I went to the dentist they said everything was a-ok and that I just had sensitive teeth. They told me to use a particular toothpaste every day and to come back in 4 months to see if its gotten better. One side has gotten better. The other still hurts but its better.
How do I tell where they need to be adjusted- or does the dentist do that? They definitely don't meet like they used to, but I can't really figure out by feel exactly where. I've been avoiding chewing back there, but it's like any pressure at all on those spots sends off twinges.
Did your dentist make you bite on something at the end? That was to ensure the filling was aligned correctly.
It may be uncomfortable for a few days after, but let it work in and maybe it'll feel better. If it doesn't you may also have cavities in between your teeth that are causing sensitivity.
They did. If this is indeed normal, how long can I expect this discomfort to last? I did some googling and a lot of places say 2-4 weeks and after the last few days I'm going completely insane.