It was so pain-free for the last cpl of wks that I forgot not to chew there. And of course I was a very bad girl and was eating hard candy. THAT will teach me! The weird part is that I feel a shard of tooth or filling inside my gum and it hardly hurts at all. Just a dull ache in the general area. The shard is very pointy. Don't know if that means that the nerve is already dead. And the taste--ewwww! The inside of a filling is always disgusting. I Googled abscesses to see if they always hurt, and 99% of the time, they do. So I'm thinking it's just the filling and part of the tooth and it's not infected. If it starts to hurt, I'll go to the dentist this week to see if it's infected. Meanwhile, I have to wait until the 24th for surgery. (Extraction and implant.) The doctor is out of the ofc the entire 2nd wk of Feb. and I've got too many things going on next week. Good thing it's a tooth and not a heart attack. I don't have time for deathly problems! Thanks for "listening."