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 How long is it "normal" for your jaw to hurt after getting a shot of novacaine?
McCrackin  [Member]
4/5/2008 11:15:33 PM
Four days ago I went to the dentist in the early AM to get two cavities filled on the left side of my jaw. One was upper, and the other was lower and towards the rear of my mouth.

I was shot with novacaine four times, two on upper and two on lower part of my gums. The upper two shots went fine. I have very sensitive teeth so they needed to give me extra novacaine.

When he inserted the needle for the first shot in the lower part of my jaw, I felt the needle inserted a little ways and then stop up against something. He "pushed" the needle through, which I felt a popping (hard to describe) inside my mouth, and then it felt like it exited the other side of whatever he poked through. This cause me extreme pain. I figure he put the needle through my jaw muscle, but I am no dentist.

For the rest of the day I could only open my mouth less than an inch (more like 1/4" according to my wife), I was unable to eat, and was in real bad pain anytime I tried to talk. This went on for two days. Today is the fourth day and when I open my mouth just right it still hurts, and aches for most of the day.

Is this normal???? Or did I pick a shitty dentist? I have been to him before with no problems....
AngeredKabar  [Member]
4/5/2008 11:21:26 PM
Probably a bad job.

You should call him tomorrow if it still hurts.
bumpus  [Member]
4/5/2008 11:21:48 PM
Four days is a long time to be in pain from a shot.
McCrackin  [Member]
4/6/2008 12:28:27 AM
No one has had a cavity filled before???
RetroRevolver77  [Team Member]
4/6/2008 12:31:23 AM
I have had that happen, they stick the needle all the way in the back of your jaw behind your last tooth. If hurts like hell. However four days seems a bit long for the pain.
KK66  [Member]
4/6/2008 12:41:57 AM
I had that happened to me. The pain was for over a week. Since then, I refuse any shots, for any dental work.
Merrell  [Team Member]
4/6/2008 12:43:05 AM
7 years.
McCrackin  [Member]
4/6/2008 1:19:59 AM

Originally Posted By KK66:
I had that happened to me. The pain was for over a week. Since then, I refuse any shots, for any dental work.


So you're saying the shot hurts worse than getting your teeth drilled on?

The nurse or assistant found a soft spot in one of my teeth. She poked it with some pointy object, and OMG I jumped out of my chair and was still throbbing after the novacaine.

I can't imagine how much pain that would be to have a drill shoved into a rotten area of your tooth that close to a nerve.


In fact I still have 7 cavities on the right side of my mouth. She said six of them were caused my brushing my teeth with a toothbrush that was too abrasive. I normally use medium brush heads. Maybe I just have extremely sensitive teeth?? She suggested I switch to an extra soft tooth brush, switch to some special kind of tooth paste, and barely apply any pressure at all when brushing.

Strange when growing up as a kid I never ever had a single cavity. I wonder WTF happened....
Nlinc  [Team Member]
4/6/2008 1:22:35 AM
The Novocaine SHOTs I've had do not hurt. There is occasionally residual soreness in the tooth being filled if it was deep, but usually just some sensitivity. Sounds like he fucked up.
southeast_scrounger  [Member]
4/6/2008 1:24:01 AM

Originally Posted By McCrackin:
No one has had a cavity filled before???


Well, there was this one time in college...

Schulze  [Team Member]
4/6/2008 1:25:35 AM

Originally Posted By KK66:
I had that happened to me. The pain was for over a week. Since then, I refuse any shots, for any dental work.


So do I. The dental assistants can hardly handle the vicarious pain.


Originally Posted By McCrackin:

I can't imagine how much pain that would be to have a drill shoved into a rotten area of your tooth that close to a nerve.


It's not that bad. I much prefer the 1 hour of pain over a whole day of a numb mouth and dribbling water trying to drink.
mnd  [Team Member]
4/6/2008 1:32:29 AM

Originally Posted By McCrackin:

Originally Posted By KK66:
I had that happened to me. The pain was for over a week. Since then, I refuse any shots, for any dental work.


So you're saying the shot hurts worse than getting your teeth drilled on?

The nurse or assistant found a soft spot in one of my teeth. She poked it with some pointy object, and OMG I jumped out of my chair and was still throbbing after the novacaine.

I can't imagine how much pain that would be to have a drill shoved into a rotten area of your tooth that close to a nerve.

No numbing or pain killers for fillings here. Most of the stuff they use gave me massive headaches the rest of the day so it wasn't worth it. Being tense makes pain worse, so relax already.


Strange when growing up as a kid I never ever had a single cavity. I wonder WTF happened....

You started kissing girls on the mouth?
napalm  [Member]
4/6/2008 6:38:24 AM

Originally Posted By mnd:

You started kissing girls on the mouth?



Ewww! Girl cooties!



I just had a titanium screw implanted in my maxilla two weeks ago.
ED_P  [Team Member]
4/6/2008 7:02:25 AM
On rare ocassions those shots go funny.

I had a dentist hit a nerve, and it felt like he'd plugged an electric socket into my mouth for 1/2 second. He instantly pulled back the needle when he saw my reaction.

Most of the time they're just minor temporary pain though, and well worth the agony an un-numbed procedure would be.

I'm wondering if with the amount of work you have left, you may just have another issue hurting your jaw that hasn't been fixed yet.

ED_P  [Team Member]
4/6/2008 7:02:25 AM
Oops, double tap.

Martlet  [Team Member]
4/6/2008 7:19:54 AM
Isn't the point of novacaine that your jaw WON'T hurt?
xylo  [Team Member]
4/6/2008 7:24:53 AM
Sometimes the lower jaw shots can cause the type of pain you have. The shot has to go through muscle to get to the nerve. Sounds like he might have gone through a ligament.

Apply moist heat to your jaw. Take tylenol, or ibuprofen to reduce the inflamation. Do this for 3 days, on a schedule. Try to open your mouth wide every now and then to loosen things up. This advice is worth what you paid for it.

It will pass.
Powerkicker  [Team Member]
4/6/2008 9:46:46 AM
Because after he gave you the shots and put you out,he orally raped you. Possibly...or not
brickeyee  [Member]
4/6/2008 10:07:12 AM

Originally Posted By Martlet:
Isn't the point of novacaine that your jaw WON'T hurt?


But it is only temporary.
The pain from the work performed (or from hitting the wrong thing with the needle) will remain after the anesthetic wears off.
Xylocaine is actually more popular now.
otar  [Team Member]
4/6/2008 10:17:28 AM

Originally Posted By KK66:
I had that happened to me. The pain was for over a week. Since then, I refuse any shots, for any dental work.


+1
In the past I've had "abnormal reactions" to the shots. Going into shock is no fun.
NoVaGator  [Team Member]
4/6/2008 10:23:00 AM
you jaw could just hurt because it was wide open for 30 mins or so while they were working on those back teeth
Zan  [Member]
4/6/2008 10:47:38 AM
Depends on your age. Recovery from dental work takes progressively longer as you get older. How cold is it where you live? The weather might not be helping either.