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Jaw feels swollen and hard to open mouth. Had tooth filled. Is this normal?

Hello , well i ve just been to the dentist to get an old filling removed and cleaned and got a new one one. the problem is my jaw feels abit swollen and i find it hard to open my mouth now close to the side where my tooth was filled. it was hurting like this before i went to the dentist . is this normal? and what can i do to make the pain go?
Asked On : Thu, 7 Mar 2013
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Dentist 's  Response
Dear friend.

Thanks for sharing your concern.

This is not normal.I think the tooth which has been restored(filled) now after removing the old filling is already infected and also it has involved the pulpal tissue.( site where nerves are located.)

Further the hardness that you are feeling in the jaw, now is the initiation of abscess around that tooth.

First of all i would suggest you to revisit your dentist and get your tooth clinically evaluated .also if required get the filling removed.

An x ray will be helpful along with clinical evaluation.

After that suitable antibiotic and analgesic can be started.under its coverage RCT can be done and the tooth can be saved.

hope it helps .

Answered: Thu, 7 Mar 2013
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Dentist Dr. Khushboo Bhatia's  Response
After filling, generally there is no swelling. Did the doctor do permanent or temporary filling?

There might be chances of an infection still left inside that got packed due to filling and this lead to swelling. You are advised to visit a dentist ASAP and get the filling removed so that the pus is drained out of the socket. After that get the temporary filling first to look for remineralization of tooth.
Answered: Fri, 8 Mar 2013
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Dentist Dr. Qazi Ammara's  Response

Thanks for asking the query,

Pain in the filled tooth is not normal . the infection in the filled tooth has spread to the pulpal tissue , further there can be spread of infection and inflammation to the periapical tisssues . There is abscess formation leading to swelling & hardness in the jaws .

Visit the dentist get an checkup done .
Take an x-ray , depending upon which treatment will be decided mostly it will be root canal treatment .

Take complete course of antibiotic and analgesic.

Take 0.2% of chlorhexidine mouthwash gargles thrice daily .

Take saline water gargles 3-4 times daily .

Hope this helps out .


Answered: Thu, 14 Mar 2013
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Dentist Dr. Bindiya Bhaskar's  Response
hello and welcome,

The jaw pain and swelling at the site of filled teeth may be due to-

The decay in the restored teeth is still remaining,causing pain .

the infected pulp as well as periapical infection of the filled teeth.
improper removal of decay causes swelling.
the restorative material also can cause irritation.
PLEASE do visit your dentist and get a radiological examination to rule out any underlying pathology.
If necessary,root canal treatment has to be done.
Please take complete course of antibiotics-analgesics prescribed by your dentist.
take care.
Answered: Thu, 7 Mar 2013
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Orthopaedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement Dr. Saurabh Gupta's  Response
Feb 2014
Thanks for posting your query,
no, it is not normal that there is pain ant able to open mouth
there might be some infection present for which you can take antibiotics and get an x-ray done
treatment include drainage of pus or RCT an be performed, so that your tooth can be saved
maintain good oral hygiene
I hope this information has been both informative and helpful
Answered: Fri, 8 Mar 2013
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