I had a filling which involved drilling the tooth, but the drilling did not touch the nerve. According to the x-ray taken at the same time, the nerve is in fact some distance from where the filling was taking place (lower right molar).
Now the local anesthetic has worn off, my tooth is aching. The gums do not hurt (so it is not caused by the dentist applying pressure to the area) and as far as I am aware there are no other nerves within the enamel of the tooth.
So, why does my tooth ache? Is it something to do with the nerve 'waking up' after being anesthetized?
Just to be clear it is not a severe ache or of any concern, only in the background, and I am curious as to the cause. The dentist did say it would ache, so it's obviously a normal thing, but I didn't think to ask why!