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I am too scared to go back to the dentist about my filling

I have recently been to the dentist for a check up and was told that i would need a filling. I had the filling, which was a large one and the dentist put some nerve stuff in the tooth in the hole. Since then i have been in a lot of pain (3 Weeks) and i need to go back but i am terrified of dentists and my dentist isn’t very nice but mainly because the injections do not make my teeth numb. Ive had this problem for as long as i can remember and dont really know why it is. Im getting a bit concerned now about what to do and where to go. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.

Hello Ruth
It sounds as if the filling you had might have been very deep and near the nerve .The nerve may be inflamed or upset after the treatment , and your dentist placed some medication under the filling which helps to calm it ( I think ! )
However sometimes because of the need for the filling in the first place the nerve doesnt settle , or takes ages .
You really only have two choices , report back to the dentist who did the filling , you may need further treatment on the tooth . Or if you dont like them very much then try to find another one .
In the first instance its better to see the original one as they know whats underneath the filling and you dont have to start again .
Its important that you tell any dentist about the problems with local not working so that they can administer a higher dose if necessary , wait longer for it to be effective , or use some special techniques such as an intra ligamentary injection to top up the first one
Hope this helps

Answer provided by: Dr Jennifer Pinder Retired
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