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Fillings Ask The Dentist Chris McFarland Question:
My 5 year old daughter had a tooth filled 3 weeks ago (local anesthesia only).

Since that evening she has been complaining that "her brain is spinning". She functions fine but obviously something is just not right.

We have been on numerous doctor visits and they can not find anything wrong (all tests short of CAT scan). I called the dentist and she was adamant that it has nothing to do with her filling.

Is it possible that the filling could affect my daughter? How could I find out? I am at wits end.

Today a pediatric nurse thought maybe there was a nerve affected from her filling but she told me to follow up with my regular pediatrician. Back to square one. Thank you ....Visitor from FL

Answer:
I've been in dentistry for 30 years and have never heard of anything like this.

When you consider what was done, local anesthesia and a restoration, it's hard to put together anything that would mimic the symptoms your daughter seems to be experiencing.

Allergic reactions usually manifest as a specific symptom rather than a vague sense that something isn't right. But with the time that has passed, any side effects from anesthesia or the restoration should no longer be a a factor.

All I can suggest is to re-evaluate the restoration and make sure the pulp hasn't been violated. It's possible if the restoration came close to the nerve your daughter could be having symptoms she is having trouble describing.

Christopher McFarland, DMD
Atlanta Prosthodontist - Periodontist
2530 Lawrenceville Highway
Decatur - Duluth - Atlanta, GA
(770) 492-0256

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