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Many people feel scared about dental procedures, especially because they think that they will hurt. This is normal, but you actually have nothing to be afraid of. While many people wonder “are dental fillings painful?”, the reality is that they are rarely as bad as people may think.
During a filling you are unlikely to feel a thing. A filling does not happen in areas of the tooth where there are nerves, so you shouldn’t feel any more pain from the procedure than you would feel from cutting your hair. No nerves = no pain. Of course, some people have more sensitive teeth or require deeper fillings that come closer to the nerve. That’s why an anesthetic is used to numb your mouth during the procedure. A numbing gel generally allows the dentist to give an anesthetic injection pain-free that ensures the area will not feel anything. It’s an extra precaution to ensure that you don’t experience any pain from a filling.
Sometimes people do, however, feel an ache from the injection or the procedure after the anesthetic wears off. This sensation rarely lasts long, and by the next day, you should feel good as new or even better. After all, your dentist removes the decay in the tooth exposing you to pain. The filling protects you, so you won’t feel that pain anymore.
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he numbness caused by your local anesthesia should wear off within a couple of hours. Until then, it’s best to avoid drinking hot or cold liquids, and eating on the side of your mouth with the new filling. Some sensitivity to hot and cold is normal in the first couple of weeks after getting a tooth filled. If it persists beyond that, or you have any actual pain when biting, it could signal that an adjustment to your filling needs to be made. Continue to brush and floss as normal every day, and visit the dental office at least twice per year for your regular checkups and cleanings. And remember, tooth decay is a very preventable disease; with good oral hygiene and professional care, you can make your most recent cavity your last!
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While a dental filling to treat a cavity is a very common dental procedure, after a dental filling many patients may experience some mild to moderate pain and discomfort.
In here we offer helpful tips on what you should do and not do after a dental filling and how to know if you need to go back to see your dentist about the discomfort you are experiencing.
Pain After a Dental Filling
One of the most common reasons you may experience pain after a dental filling may be because the dental filling itself could be too high. While your dentist does their best to get the filling height right the first time, you may notice that as you start to move your jaw, speak, and chew, the filling may not quite feel right. Contact your dentist about having the filling smoothed or reshaped. This is very important because if the filling is higher than the rest of your teeth it is at a higher risk of cracking.
Pain in Teeth Beside the New Filling
After a dental filling, some people may experience pain in the teeth beside their tooth that received the filling. This is normal and does not indicate there is anything wrong with your teeth. Most of the time, the tooth with the new filling is just passing along signals to the neighbouring teeth. You should notice this pain decrease within one to two weeks.
Sensitivity After A Dental Filling
It is common to experience sensitivity to air and to cold or hot food (or drink items) for up to three weeks after a dental filling. You may also notice increased sensitivity from the pressure of biting on the new dental filling, particularly if the dental filling is for a deeper cavity. To avoid sensitive teeth after a filling, you can try using toothpaste designed for sensitive teeth. We also recommend that you avoid very hot or cold foods and for the first few weeks, try and chew you food on the other side of your mouth. If the sensitivity does not go away after two weeks, please contact our dentist office.
Toothache After A Dental Filling
Should you still experience toothache type symptoms after your new dental filling (such as throbbing, sharp pain or constant pain) it may be a sign that the decay is quite deep into the pulp of your tooth. If this is the case, a
root canal may be needed. Contact your dentist if you think this may be the problem. Dental Filling Sharp Edge or Discomfort
As mentioned, you may notice that once you start moving your jaw and/or once the anaesthetic wears off, the new dental filling is not as comfortable as it was when you were in the dentist’s chair. You may also notice the filling is too high or that there are some sharp edges that need to be smoothed out. Contact your dentist for a quick follow up to make sure it is addressed ASAP.
Treating Future Cavities with Dental Fillings
It is possible that you may end up with another cavity in the future. If you find your teeth are particularly sensitive after receiving a dental filling you can speak with your dentist about alternative dental filling options. Each person responds differently to different types of metal fillings. Your dentist can also use additional preventative measures such as a base, liner, or desensitizing agent.
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Many patients ask us, “What can I eat after a filling”? It really depends on the type of filling you received. White fillings that are made of composite will harden instantly under the blue light used by your dentist. This hardening will allow you to eat and drink immediately after the procedure. Metal dental fillings do not harden immediately and often dentists will recommend waiting at least 24 hours following the dental filling before eating any solid foods. In order to avoid biting your cheek, tongue, or lips, you will probably want to wait until the local anesthetic wears off before trying to eat.
Foods to Avoid After Dental Filling
It is best to avoid any hard, chewy, or sticky foods after a dental filling for up to two weeks. If you are experiencing tooth sensitivity you may also benefit from avoiding hot or cold drinks and foods. There is no need to wait to brush your teeth after a dental filling. You can continue brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing once a day.
Use Over the Counter Painkillers If Needed
You can use acetaminophen or ibuprofen to help with any physical discomfort you may be feeling after a dental filling.
How Long Before You Can Eat After a Filling?
You may have heard that you should avoid chewing in the area of a dental filling for at least 24 hours after having a cavity repaired.
However, after filling a cavity, your dentist will have specific instructions for you to follow regarding when and what to eat.
Certain types of fillings may affect your wait time. We share some recommended tips for eating following a
tooth filling. The type of filling may affect wait time
Your wait time may be different based on the type of filling you get.
Amalgam (silver) filling. This type of filling takes about 24 hours to completely harden and reach maximum strength. Your dentist will likely recommend waiting for at least 24 hours before chewing on the side of your mouth where the filling is located. Composite (white/tooth-colored) filling. A composite filling hardens immediately once a dentist puts a blue UV light on your tooth. You can usually eat as soon as you leave your dentist’s office. However, your dentist may recommend waiting for at least 2 hours before chewing on the filling if you’re still numb. Stunning Black and White Photography of Dr Zenaidy Castro Other variables that can affect eating after a filling
Along with waiting for your filling to properly set, other things that can affect eating post-filling include:
Your dentist will most likely administer a
local anesthetic to reduce pain during the filling procedure.
Eating before this numbing agent has worn off may cause you to accidentally bite your tongue, cheeks, or lips. Numbing typically wears off in 1 to 3 hours.
It’s not unusual to have some discomfort after having your tooth filled, which may affect your appetite or desire to eat.
Your dentist may recommend an over-the-counter pain medication such as ibuprofen to make you more comfortable.
Gum tissue discomfort
During your procedure, the gum tissue near the tooth being filled may become irritated, resulting in
soreness. This may affect your comfort level in chewing on that side of your mouth for a few days.
You can rinse with
warm salt water to help your gums feel better (1/2 teaspoon salt dissolved in 1 cup of warm water). Heightened sensitivity
Teeth may be
sensitive to heat and cold for a few days to a week or two after getting a dental filling.
Your dentist will likely suggest that you avoid very hot or cold food and beverages. If the sensitivity doesn’t go away in a few weeks, talk to your dentist.
Sometimes your bite may feel different after a filling, as if your teeth don’t come together like usual.
If you don’t get used to the new bite in a few days and your bite still feels uneven, call your dentist. They can adjust the filling so your teeth bite together normally again.
Is There Sensitivity After a Filling?
While there may not be sharp pain after a filling, your tooth may be a little sensitive for a week or so after the procedure. Common sensitive tooth triggers, such as hot and cold foods, air temperature, and the pressure of biting can make you feel a mild ache. Don’t worry. This isn’t an indication of anything bad. All it means is that your mouth is adjusting to the filling.
Some people immediately adjust to the fillings, but other mouths take some time to get accustomed to its presence. People who need a little more time to acclimate to the filling can experience some sensitivity when doing certain activities like eating or drinking. This should resolve itself within several weeks and can be minimized by avoiding particularly hot or cold foods for the first few days after treatment.
If you are feeling anxious about getting a filling, it may help to speak to one of our dentists in person. We are happy to answer all your questions and honestly explain what you can expect from the filling procedure. In the end though, a filling will always hurt less than letting a cavity grow. Don’t neglect your health due to your fears. Our dentists will make getting a filling a breeze.
How Often Does My Filling Need to be Replaced?
A filling is used to treat an area of decay. It stops it from spreading and restores the tooth’s strength. Although a filling will last for several years, it won’t last forever. Depending on the type used, here’s how long you can expect your restoration to last:
The most traditional fillings are those made from a mixture of metals. Amalgam fillings are durable and effective, which is why they have been used for well over 100 years. On average, you can expect a metal filling to last for about 15 years before needing to be replaced, but the length of time can vary based on several factors, such as if you grind or clench your teeth.
Tooth-coloured fillings are made from a mixture of fine glass and plastic particles. They are customized to match your enamel to blend in when you smile. Although they aren’t made from metal, they are durable. They generally last 10 to 12 years before needing to be replaced.
Why Does My Filling Need to Be Replaced?
There are several reasons why your filling may need to be replaced over time. Most often, it is the result of daily wear and tear. As you chew, your filling is placed under a great deal of pressure. Over time, it can cause it to crack, leak, or fall out. If your filling no longer protects your tooth as it should, it can cause bacteria and tiny food particles to become trapped underneath it. You’ll need to have the filling replaced to prevent new decay.
If you have a composite filling, it’s normal for it to discolour over time. As a result, it can stick out like a sore thumb. You can have it replaced to ensure it continues to blend in seamlessly when you smile.
Are There Signs My Filling Needs to Be Replaced?
If your filling is not functioning as it should, you may experience some sensitivity or pain. It’s best to contact us right away to have your tooth examined. They will determine if it’s time to have your filling replaced to continue protecting your smile.
Why a Dental Filling Can Deteriorate
Seal – the seal between the tooth enamel and the dental filling may weaken, allowing bacterial debris and food particles to seep under the filling. This may result in further decay which can lead to infection of the tooth pulp. If it has progressed to this stage, you may develop an abscessed tooth–a painful infection between the gums and tooth or on the tooth root.
Crown – a large filling may not be able to be restored again, depending on whether the decay is great or small, and if the tooth lacks enough structure to support a new filling. In this case, you may need a crown instead.
Pressure – pressure on the filling, whether from chewing or bruxism–grinding and clenching the teeth–can cause a filling to chip, crack, or wear down. And if it is painless, you may not even notice the tooth has fractured or cracked. This is why dental checkups are important, your dentist can spot the issue early when it is most easily and least invasively treated.
Filling falling out – if a filling is old, or the tooth has decayed or fractured, it may fall out. You can lose a new filling if the cavity wasn’t thoroughly cleaned out and prepared, or there was biting and chewing trauma to the tooth.
Fillings, like a natural tooth, can deteriorate over time. Take good care of your teeth, and your dental fillings should last as long as possible.
Why Does My Filling Still Hurt? Common Reasons for Tooth Pain After Fillings
Most people get tooth fillings to relieve discomfort, so when you experience pain within months after getting a filling it can be concerning. While tooth sensitivity is common up to four weeks after a filling procedure, pain that occurs after that window should always be evaluated by your dentist. If you’re asking yourself, “Why does my filling still hurt?” the following reasons for tooth pain after fillings may help you pinpoint the problem and treat it properly.
What are the Causes of Tooth Pain After Fillings?
The tooth filling process requires your dentist to administer a local anaesthetic so he or she can remove diseased tissue. This process stimulates the nerves. Unfortunately, after the numbing agents wear off, you will feel sensitivity. This is especially true if your tooth decay was deep or covered a large area of your tooth. But if your filling still hurts several weeks or months following the procedure, you could be dealing with any of the following issues.
When an inflammatory reaction occurs inside the pulp of your tooth it can cause pain from a condition known as pulpitis. You may find yourself with pulpitis after getting a tooth filling because of dental drilling. If this is the case, this type of pulpitis can be reversed and will usually go away on its own. Sometimes pulpitis can occur if decayed tissue is left behind and then covered with a filling. This can cause an infection which will need treatment. If pulpitis is very severe,
root canal treatment may be recommended. Allergic Reaction
Pain after a dental filling can be caused by an allergy to the tooth filling materials used during the procedure. If this happens, your dentist may recommend replacing the filling with a different material.
If filling material is placed too high, it can cause an uneven bite. This can make things painful when you chew or bite down. High fillings cause your tooth to push down a lot harder, making your periodontal ligaments tender. The good news is that your dentist can easily treat a high filling by grinding it down during a follow-up dental visit.
If you experience pain in teeth that surround the tooth that has a filling, this is called referred pain. This condition is quite common for people who receive tooth fillings. Referred pain causes pain signals to appear in other teeth and usually goes away on its own after a few weeks. If the pain occurs longer than four weeks, contact your dentist for a
dental exam. How Long Should a Tooth Hurt After a Filling?
If you just had your filling placed, it will be sensitive once the anaesthetic wears off. You may experience sensitivity to hot or cold foods, chewing, and changes in air temperature. It is very common to have tooth sensitivity like this after a filling, but discomfort should go away within two to four weeks. It’s important to remember that if pain is present after that, you should contact your dentist.
Tooth Filling Pain Remedies
While tooth sensitivity will occur after a filling, you can reduce your risk of both pain and ongoing sensitivity by trying the following remedies.
Take ibuprofen or other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory pain relievers Stay away from very hot or very cold foods for a couple of weeks Temporarily avoid acidic foods like citrus fruits, citrus drinks, yogurt, wine, and coffee Chew on the opposite side of your mouth Temporarily stop eating really hard foods Gently brush and floss your teeth using soft, circular motions Use toothpaste for sensitive teeth or ask your dentist about desensitizing toothpaste Use extra-soft floss Remember: The above information points are to be used as general guidelines and should not be substituted for medical advice. If you feel that your tooth pain following a filling isn’t normal, contact our skilled dentists right away for a dental exam. Is Your Tooth Still Sensitive After A Filling?
These days, a trip to the dentist is fairly uneventful.
Patients report comfort levels far exceeding those in the recent past; pain relief medications are more effective and take effect more rapidly; and materials used in treating patients are more adaptive to tooth structures than ever before.
Each of these improvements is designed to provide patients with the best clinical outcome and a degree of comfort previously unheard of. However, for a small percentage of patients, post-appointment pain can still crop up and linger for days or weeks on end.
It’s Good to be You — Sometimes
Excluding rare instances of product malfunction or dentist error, the main reason a tooth likely hurts after a filling has to do with many highly individual factors in your mouth.
The structure of your teeth, past dentistry, personal habits (like clenching and grinding), and even the durability of the blood vessels, tissues, and nerves within your teeth, play a part in whether you remain pain-free after your anaesthetic wears off.
What Causes the Pain? Heightened sensitivity: If you have sensitive teeth, a trip to the dentist is probably going to make them feel worse for a while. That’s mostly because prior to your visit, your teeth have, in a way, been hiding out underneath a bunch of plaque and tartar. Not good for the health of your teeth, for sure, but that gunk can mask sensitivity when it covers recessed areas. Once your hygienist removes that barrier, you’re going to experience more sensitivity. Toothpaste for sensitive teeth can help – so please ask your dentist for recommendations. Material used: When filling teeth today, many dentists tend to gravitate toward the use of composite materials. They’re flexible and durable, insulate the tooth from extremes in temperature, and bond so efficiently that less of the tooth needs to be removed to place the filling. That said, despite their proficiency in dealing with temperature, composite fillings can cause increased sensitivity when the filling is deep, or if it’s placed on an area of the tooth that experiences greater flex. For example, a filling completed along the cheek or tongue side of the mouth may hurt for longer than one completed on the biting surface, because of the unique stresses the tooth experiences at that location. Pulpitis: Just as any surgeon will tell you that all surgery is risky, all restorative work is traumatic to teeth. When a tooth requires a filling, the extended vibration and heat from the drill can cause the pulpal tissue within the tooth to swell. This can result in a condition known as pulpitis. In most cases, the swelling that results from this overstimulation is transitory, and fades as the tooth heals itself. Occasionally, though, the tooth fails to deal with the trauma, and the result is irreversible pulpitis. When this happens, the unfortunate remedy is often a root canal procedure. Uneven Bite: The most common cause of pain after the placement of a filling is a “high” or uneven bite. This occurs when a filling placed on the biting surface of your tooth is uneven with the opposing tooth. When this happens, your bite might feel a bit “off.” The good news is, it’s not really anything to worry about. All you’ll have to do is revisit the dentist and they’ll smooth out the filling so it fits more naturally with its opposing tooth. How Long Will the Pain Last?
This is the million-dollar question – and the most difficult to answer.
The short answer is: It depends. It depends on your overall health, the health of your teeth, and the exact reason for the pain you are experiencing.
In the vast majority of cases, pain that exists after a restoration tends to dissipate within a few days.
However, if pain persists beyond a week, you should call your dentist to inform them of your symptoms. Depending on the type of work you had done, your dentist may decide to perform additional X-rays, or suggest you wait a bit to see if things settle down with the passage of time.
Believe it or not, it’s not unheard of for some patients to experience discomfort for months after a filling is placed. The key is to be in communication with your dentist so you can monitor the situation correctly.
While certainly not ideal, maybe you can find some comfort in the idea that you are as unique as you’ve always thought you were!
BEFORE AND AFTER PHOTOS WITH COMPOSITE RESIN VENEERS / DENTAL BONDING