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Pain after filling

I had a white filling placed several months ago. There was some extra filling material left that was uncomfortable to me, so after about a month I went back to have it trimmed off. Since then, I have been in a lot of pain. I went back in and my dentist said it was just irritation and it would get better. Except it is not getting better. I can’t eat anything without a lot of pain. Can you help me?

Sandy M.- New Mexico

Sandy,

I recommend you go see an endodontist. It sounds like you might need a root canal treatment. Though it is not uncommon to have some soreness after a filling, it would be getting better not worse. Sometimes it takes a long time to get better, but it is alway progressing. Yours seems to be digressing, which to me indicates there is an infection.

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