First off, I am calling my dentist first thing in the morning to try and get in! But I'm slightly terrified of what the news is going to be after I have searched the internet! So, I was looking for some advice and thoughts to help me calm down and relax until I get there!
Just over 3 weeks ago, (December 17th to be exact) I went to my dentist to get a couple fillings done. No big deal, I've had plenty of fillings. I get done and go home.. of course there was some pain from where they gave me the shots to numb me, but everything else was fine. So I've been going about life like normal..
Well.. last Monday I noticed some slight sensitivity to hot/cold on both sides of my mouth.. it kinda went away.. Tuesday it moved to the left side only, still only hot/cold sensitivity.. nothing major.. but late in the evening when I got ready for bed, it started throbbing! I had no idea what was going on.. I got some ice and held it to my face, gargled warm salt water and took some motrin, the motrin calmed it down, but I wasn't sure where it was coming from, my husband told me I should probably call the dentist if it's bothering me that bad. I said, well I'll wait and see if it subsides by Thursday (my dentist is closed on Wednesdays).. plus I wanted to give it a couple days. Well Wednesday it hurt, but I took motrin and was fine, still able to eat and everything on it. I took some more before bed Wednesday night, and woke up feeling fine. The medicine had wore off and I was feeling okay.... Until about 4:00 it started hurting a bit more, but I thought well maybe it's getting better. Then Friday was the same, woke up fine.. then about 3:30 or 4:00 right before I was leaving work, it was throbbing again, too late to call the dentist. So by now I"d have to suffer through this weekend.
So Saturday I was in so much pain, I just wanted to sleep. I'm finally able to tell that I think it's coming from this top back tooth, 3 from the back (including wisdom, I have all of mine, they came in straight with no problems), he filled this tooth, it was a pretty big filling, but he didn't express any concerns with it. Another one, he told me I needed a crown on eventually, but that was on the other side. That one hasn't caused me any issues. Now, when I take motrin, It takes the edge off the pain, so it's not excruciating, unless I bite down or rub another tooth against that specific tooth, I can't eat on that side at all anymore without it hurting, it's way too sensitive.
So yeah, I'm definitely calling my dentist in the morning, but I am terrified after what I've read. He didn't say it was close to the nerve or anything? I'm hoping I don't need a root canal! Is there anything else it could possibly be? What might he do? Could it be an infection of some sort? Any help or advice would be wonderful! Will he be able to tell by xray what's wrong? I have had plenty of fillings and have never experienced anything like this before! So I'm pretty scared!
I would greatly appreciate any help or advice you can give me! thanks for reading!!