I had a filling done today (I wrote about it in the support forum). The actual procedure went very well. The dentist did take a long time to do it as it was a very large filling. He spent as much time working on shaping the filling as he did with the drilling. He had a little piece of paper and kept telling me to bite, then he'd scrape some of the filling off, then he'd tell me to bite onto the paper again, etc. And he finally ended up drilling off some of the top tooth that touches that bottom one, I guess to line up the bite. I have had MANY fillings and don't ever remember this happening or a dentist spending so much time on scraping down a filling. But this is also the largest filling I've ever had done, so that may have something to do with it.
Anyway, the feeling started returning to my face a few hours after I got home from the dentist. At first, all was well. But the later in the day, the more pain I started to feel in my jaw. Well, mostly, it's between the upper and lower jaw. It's now excruciating to open my mouth. I had some pain Monday-Wednesday after my last novocaine injections when the dentist cleaned out a cavity. But this is so much worse. I just don't know if it's normal or not. I can't eat. That doesn't matter today, as I am not supposed to be eating anyway (well, other than really soft foods). But if it's no better tomorrow, do you think I should call the dentist and request pain medication? Is this something dentists are willing to do? I am reluctant to take prescription meds, but in this case, I would do it because Tylenol and Ibuprofen just aren't cutting it.
If this is normal, please let me know. I've never experienced pain after a filling before; this is a first. And I have always received novocaine injections when getting work done. Do some dentists inject it differently than others? The dentist who did my filling today is one I'd not been to before Monday, so maybe it's just something about the way he injects it. I don't think it's the tooth causing the pain; it doesn't seem to be sensitive to hot or cold, and it's only mildly sensitive to pressure.
Thanks so much for any advice you can share with me!