A 24-year-old female asked:
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i have had bad jaw and tooth pain ever since i got 5 cavities filled in 2012. my dentist has said it sounds like an inflammation. advil (ibuprofen) helps.

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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
40 years experience Dentistry
2 Years: Two years is a really long time to have the same pain from the same tooth. Was the filling deep? Is the tooth sensitive to cold or sweets, when biting, or just hurts all the time? Is the tooth fractured? Is it even vital? All these questions needs answers to make a proper diagnosis. Your best bet is to seek a second opinion, possibly from an endodontist, if your dentist cannot find the cause.
Answered on Oct 4, 2015
Dr. Paul Grin
Dr. Paul Grin answered
36 years experience Pain Management
TMJ-TMD : TMJ disorder is the second most frequent cause of orofacial pain after dental pain. The common symptom are: headache, jaw pain, neck pain, eye pain, earache and toothache. Proper diagnosis is the key for the successful treatment. Rec.: orofacial pain specialist for evaluation and treatment. This disorder will not resolve on its own with home care.
Answered on Oct 4, 2015
Dr. Randolph Todd
44 years experience Endodontics
See your DDS: Tooth pain is usually an indication that something is wrong. If you have had the pain for 3 years and have not exhibited any signs of an infection (swelling, fever etc) it may be as simple as an adjustment of your bite. Go back and see your dentist to discuss it further. You don't need to walk around in pain.
Answered on Oct 4, 2015
Dr. Louis Gallia
45 years experience Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Evaluation: 2 years ago? Have you been back to see dentist. Persistent pain after a filling may need to be treated with a root canal. Alternatively, if you have pain primarily in the jaw joint, you may have a TMJ problem that needs to be addressed Start with a visit to your dentist.
Answered on Oct 4, 2015
Dr. Arnold Malerman
53 years experience Orthodontics
Inflammation: If pulp all tissues are inflame there has to be a cause such as infection/abscess, devitalization, occlusal trauma from "high"filling, malocclusion, or other causes. Pain Meds block stimuli, but don't treat causes of inflammation. Have you actually seen your Dentist since fillings placed? If not, please go. Referral to root canal specialist (Endodontist) may be in order.
Answered on May 13, 2016

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Question ?: Your post did not really ask a question, but if you are still in pain after two weeks the area should be examined by your dentist or oral surgeon.
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