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Tooth Colored Fillings Ask The Dentist Corinne Scalzitti Question:
New fillings cause severe tooth and gum pain: I had 4 fillings a few days ago.

I do not know how deep they were, but on the sheet they were: 3-MO, 4-OD, 31-MO, and 14-MOD. Now I cannot chew or bite my food at all without extreme shooting sharp pains on all 4 sides of my mouth not just the 3 he worked on.

My gums also feel inflamed and some have white patches. I feel very depressed because I had all this work done and I wasn't even in pain before..just had a checkup and the dentist said that I had to have fillings.

Now I am in immense pain and I think my gums are infected..although they do not bleed. Please advise! I am scared that this is unfixable! ...Visitor from TX

It sounds to me like your fillings are too high. Your teeth should all meet at the same time.

If some teeth meet before all the others, they will receive all of the pressure that all of the teeth should share. Not only will it cause these teeth to be uncomfortable, it will stress your muscles and cause spasms that could eventually lead to TMJ (temporomandibular joint) problems and cause pain to all of your teeth, headaches, and neck and back pain.

A simple adjustment or series of adjustments should help you. I would advise you to call the dentist and let him see if you need adjustments.

There could be other causes for your problems but this is the most common and easiest to fix, so I would start here.

Corinne Scalzitti, DMD, MAGD

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