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Hi doctor, hope you are doing well! Since a week back, I had experienced severe toothache around my lower right region. I went to a Neighbourhood Dentist and told her the problem. As I was on painkillers, I was not able to identify the actual tooth in pain. However, I related to the Dentist about my visit to another Dentist 2 years ago, who told me that I probably needed a root canal if I felt pain after the filling. The Dentist told me that she didn’t know what was wrong and didn’t think that was the tooth causing the problem, but redid a temporary filling for the tooth anyway. 2 days after the filling was done, the pain was even worst than before. While on painkillers, I prodded the tooth and it hurts very much upon touch. Sometimes, the pain is still there even after I had painkillers. I’m afraid to go back to That Dentist. Based on my symptoms, do you think I need a root canal? Can I also please seek your recommendations on good Dentist I can visit? Thanks for your time and help! 🙂
Sorry for the lag reply, I’m out of town with a huge time difference here. I really apologize for it, and hope that your toothache is getting better, or perhaps you have got it treated.
From what you have said, I understand that the painkillers are unable to ease your pain, and I assume that your pain is spontaneous ie not triggered by hot/cold? Does it get worse with biting though?
Your pain may be due to nerve involvement, possibly due to long term bacteria invasion from the decay you previously had, or the tooth may be cracked too. Although at times sensitivity after fillings is common, just that it is usually not as severe a presentation.
I personally think that your signs and symptoms points to the need of having a root canal treatment. You could consider getting it treated by a root canal specialist (Endodontist). Amongst my colleagues, their choices are Dr Timothy Sim from Simply Endo and Dr Lui Jeen Nee from National Dental Centre.