Why Do Teeth Ache After Getting Fillings?

Posted on 1/30/2020 by Brian Rounds, DDS
Why Do Teeth Ache After Getting Fillings?In many cases, our office will recommend a filling to our patients, when we believe it to be the most effective treatment for their symptoms.

However, it's not uncommon for patients to report having tooth sensitivity to hot and cold beverages or foods after getting a filling. Generally, this pain due to sensitivity will disappear after a few days or weeks. If you experience extreme pain after getting a filling, however, contact our office as soon as possible.

What Should I Expect After a Filling?

Part of the filling procedure involves removing any decay from the tooth prior to filling it with silver amalgam, gold, porcelain, or a composite.

This is done with a dental drill, which although essential, still causes disruption in the tissue around the decayed area and can aggravate or cause inflammation of nerve endings. Tooth sensitivity after a filling should go away as the nerve(s) heal, and you should feel no difference between your filled tooth and the others.

Pulpitis After a Filling

Inflammation of the pulp within your teeth, known as pulpitis, can also cause tooth pain due to sensitivity. Although this condition doesn't happen regularly after a filling, it can occur if there has been significant trauma to the tooth, as from an accident, the cavity is very deep, or the tooth has already undergone multiple fillings or other dental procedures.

In rare cases, pulpitis is irreversible due to a damaged nerve starting to die. In these cases, a root canal may be the appropriate treatment for saving the tooth, along with antibiotics to clear any bacterial infection.

It's not uncommon for patients to experience mild tooth sensitivity after getting a filling. However, this typically only last a few days, after which your filled tooth should feel like your other teeth. Contact our office with any questions or concerns regarding your symptoms after getting a filling.
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