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Pain after a filling?

I had a cavity filling done a week ago, but my tooth still hurts. What should I do?

40 Answers

Have your dentist check the bite
Go back to the dentist who filled your tooth. It may be something simple like the restoration is slightly high and just needs an adjustment or there could be a deeper issue. Such as a fracture in the tooth that is flexing and causing pain. Most sensitivity following a filling should be gone within a few weeks at the most.
Call your doctor. It could be higher in occlusion than rest of your teeth or placed incorrectly, nerve demage
See the dentist that did it, likely needs and adjustment of bite
If you have throbbing pain I would seek your dentists opinion regarding the tooth, however its a tolerable pain I would give it another week to see if it calms down, some teeth do take more time to heal depending on the size and location of the cavity.
If you have pain after this particular procedure, you should address and report it to your dentist. You may simply have the so-called occlusal adjustment made. When the filing is “ too high” the irritation to the so-called periodontal ligament may take place. There may be some other complications, but that is to be determined by your dentist.
Return to your dentist and have him address the issue.
The first thing to do is go back to your dentist to make sure your bite
doesn't need an adjustment. Sometimes when you're numb you don't bite
normally when your dentist goes to check your bite because you can't really
feel it. Sometimes it's just a simple adjustment. If the bite is ok, then
it's one of two things. One, your teeth could just be sensitive to being
drilled on. It is trauma to the tooth, so for some people it just takes
time to bounce back. This is called reversible pulpitis. Or two, the
filling was really deep and the nerve has been irritated and it seems to be
getting worse over time. This is irreversible pulpitis and means that you
need a root canal on the tooth. But the first step is always to go back to
your dentist and let him or her do some testing to see what the problem is.
Hello, Sorry to hear your having some pain from a filling done. You should return back to the office. At times a small little adjustment can correct the discomfort.
Have the dentist check it...very often, it just needs to be adjusted to take pressure off it so it can. It can also be evaluated for other possible complications, especially if it is a very large or deep filling
Who is the patient??
The tooth and question that the restoration was put in was probably closer to the nerve with decay then you might have realized. This being the case the natural to structure has now been replaced by a metal filling which conducts sensitivity initially more so than your old tooth structure did. This may take a few days to work itself out meantime you can take ibuprofen or an aspirin derivative if needed for pain. Warm mouth rinses might be of value as well to make you more comfortable. If after a few more days this does not subside it's possible the feeling may be too high and interfere with your bike in any case make a call back to the doctor and see if he or she can take a look at it.
Go back to your dentist. There are a number of different reasons for a tooth to hurt after a filling. For example, you may be hitting the filling before anything else causing trauma to the tooth, or they may be a ledge of material stuck in the gum line. These problems your dentist can fix. However, if the cavity was deep and near the nerve, there may be an issue that can only be treated with more extensive procedures. The most common problem is that the nerve is insulted during the filling process and becomes hyper active for a period of time afterwards. That is something that will dissipate over time. Any of the above can cause discomfort. You must go back to your dentist so he or she can determine what the causative factor is and take the necessary steps to resolve the issue.

Francis C. Mecadon DMD
Go back to see the dentist that placed the filling.

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Sometimes the bite can be high from not getting a good fit due to numbness. Sometimes there may have been an underlying crack that was undetectable even with Dental loupes. Hopefully it just needs the bite fixed!

Dr G
It is common for a tooth to be sensitive to cold for a few weeks after a new filling is done especially if the cavity was deep. This pain will typically improve week by week until gone, meaning this week should be better than last week. If the pain is a throbbing constant pain (not provoked by cold), then you might have a tooth that is dying and you should see your dentist. If the pain is not getting better or it is getting worse, you should see your dentist as well. If each week is better than the last, then let it go and it should go away in time. One other thing, make sure the bite is not high. If the bite feels off, you need to see your dentist as soon as possible as a high bite will lead to tooth ache pain and might even kill the tooth over time.
Sometimes when the filling is too deep it is normal to have sensitivity specially to cold for couple of weeks but it should only be a sensitivity If the pain lingers on and radiates then u should have it evaluated as u might need a root canal the sensitivity also should not last for a few weeks and if that continues longer u should have it evaluated also
Depends what causes the sensitivity.

It is normal to experience sensitivity to temperatures after a filling is done as any work on a tooth can cause irritation to the nerve. However, the sensitivity to temperatures should subside with time and should not worsen. If the sensitivity is getting worse, go see your dentist.

Sometimes you may experience sensitivity to biting. This is typically an indication that the filling requires an adjustment by the dentist. This can happen especially if you were anesthetized for the procedure as it is difficult to know whether you are biting down the way you normally do when the bite is checked.

Go back to your dentist if this is the case. The adjustment is easy and quickly resolves the sensitivity on the tooth.
It is not uncommon to have some post op pain and discomfort after a filling is done but it subsides in a few weeks. Sometimes if the bite is high it can cause post op pain and sensitivity. I would recommend following up with your dentist so that they can check the bite and evaluate further.
First ask patient what kind a pain she experienced and have them come back for occlusal check or bite check because it could be filling was high.
Hopefully your tooth has calmed down. Many things can cause a tooth to hurt for a period of time after a filling is done. Does it hurt when you bite down? If so,
the bite might be off and need to be adjusted. Was the cavity really deep? Is your tooth now sensitive to hot or cold? Your tooth may just need time to calm down or the filling might have to be removed and a sedative filling placed. Was this the first filling in the tooth or the fifth? Every time a tooth is worked on it irritates the nerve, sort of like your shin being kicked - the first time's not too bad. But keep kicking it day after day after a while it'll hurt for no apparent reason. Sometimes the nerve just gets irritated and need an ibuprofen or "tylenol" to help it to calm down. If your tooth is still hurting, see your dentist.
Depending on the symptoms and history of the tooth and severity of the pain will determine your course of action. Your best action is give it time if the symptoms are improving or if not improving then call the drntal office to see if it is something that needs adjustment or other treatment . Make sure you can describe all the symptoms accurately to thr best of your ability. Your dentist who did the work is your best resource

It depends what is the pain.
Sensitivity after filling is very common when cavity or decay is close to the nerve. In most cases, it will subside within few weeks. In some cases, it will not and the tooth might need a root canal treatment.
I would advise you to contact the dentist who did the filling. There are several possible causes. An X-ray and an exam with testing are needed to determine the cause of your issue. Hopefully, it's something simple like a filling adjustment.
Fillings can be sore for a while if they were very deep... and slowly become asymptomatic. However, a high bite will also cause pain - especially when chewing and possibly with cold drinks. I would recommend getting your bite checked with the dentist. Hope this helps!
Schedule an appointment for adjustment of the filling. If the bite is even
slightly high, you may have pain.
When u have a filling it is normal to have some discomfort and sensitivity. But sometimes the filling might be high and could cause pain. So better go back to your dentist to check it.
Go back to the dentist and get an evaluation. The bite/occlusion might be off. If decay was deep and close to nerve, the nerve may need time to heal due to trauma of the procedure. If it is a silver/mercury filling it transmits temperature a lot and should be replaced with composite resin filling.
Return to the dentist and see if it is hitting high and get it adjusted.
Any time a work is done on a tooth, whether it is a filling, a root canal, or even a deep cleaning, the tooth can become aggravated for a period of time. Usually this discomfort, which can be manifested as cold or hot sensitivity or pain upon chewing, dissipates over a few week period. I always advise letting a new filling "settle in" for a couple of weeks. If the discomfort lasts beyond this time or worsens to a dull ache, I would have it checked out. If the filling was deep, sometimes this can indicate irreversible pulpitis and can require root canal therapy.
See your dentist. There are a number of potential causes for this post-op pain
There may be many reasons for a filling resulting in post treatment discomfort
1) Treatment of a very deep cavity, therefore near the nerve..
2) If the patient already had sensitive teeth may be a sign of clenching
3) Patient should not use a whitening toothpaste if teeth are already sensitive
If you have thermal sensitivity (hot/cold) that lingers for greater than 30 seconds, you probably will need a root canal. If you have pressure sensitivity, you probably need an adjustment of the filling
If it is still hurting you should return to your dentist and let him evaluate it. It could be the nerve of the tooth or it could be that the bite is too high on the new filling. Often times when the dentist checks the bite after filling the tooth you will still be numb and sometimes being numb makes it hard for you to bite correctly when he is checking the bite on the tooth. It might simply need to be adjusted better in the bite.
Check with your dentist. You might have occlusion problem and need adjustment. If cavity was close to you pulp( nerve) you might need Root canal therapy.
Some post-op discomfort after dental procedures is not unusual. However, if the pain is worse since having the filling, there may be a problem. Call your dentist & inform them of the issue so that they can bring you back in to check the tooth & make sure there isn't a problem with the filling.
If you have pain after a filling, one of the many reasons could be that you just need an adjustment on that filling. You should definitely mention that to your dentist who did the filling and he can diagnose the problem more precisely.
Depending on the initial presentation of the cavity that was filled, you may experience some post operative discomfort. If the tooth continues to hurt after a week see your dentist to check the filling. Very commonly the bite is high and may simply be in need of adjustment. Symptoms of a filling that hurts should last no longer that 90 days.
It depends on the type of pain. If there is lingering pain with hot/ cold, biting sensitivity or radiating pain then you might need a root canal. If the pain continues to increase you may need additional treatment. However, you should return to your dentist for an evaluation. Please let us know if we can help: 7202217774.
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