After the filling, my tooth was sore for the first day and got better by day 2/3. By day 3 I was in severe agony. My tooth was so tender I could not touch it or brush. I called the dentist and got a quick checkup. My filling was intact and I was given antibiotics for 7 days. The dentist said if it does not get better then the nerve will need to be removed.
By day 2 I was getting better but the pain is still very up and down. I understand that after a deep filling the tooth can go through trauma etc especially as it was near the nerve however my symptoms are that the tooth is very very sore and tender to the touch not much throbbing. What does this indicate? Will an infection come back? Do I need a root canal? What's the difference between nerve removal and root canal?
Female | 28 years old
Complaint duration: 7
Medications: Contraceptive pill and asthma inhaler
sometimes teeth don't need Root Canal Therapy after a deep filling and they are only sensitive because of the surgery and need time to heal. These teeth progressively get better over time. If a tooth is becoming more painful over time, it is one of two things: One, it has an infection, or two, the filling/crown is too high and getting hit sooner than the other teeth. This last one is a common occurrence because as patients are numb they don't know how to bring their teeth together in the correct way all the time. This makes it so that sometimes the fillings/crowns are shaped incorrectly and a simple adjustment is needed. If you close your teeth slowly together and find that any teeth including the one that is hurting get touched first it could be traumatized by all the extra pressure it is handling and a simple adjustment may fix the problem and avoid the need for a Root Canal. In answer to your other question, Root Canal Therapy and removing the nerve are the same. Inside every tooth's roots are tiny nerves and blood vessels that can get infected. If they get infected you can preserve the tooth by removing the infected tissue and placing special fillings to seal up the tooth and keep infection out.
For your other questions: if it is infected, the pain will return usually 3 weeks after getting off the antibiotic.
There is no difference. A root canal is when we remove the bad nerve.