Tooth Pain after Fillings: What You Need to Know

While the main point of a filling is to remove rot and damage from a tooth and to replace it with material that looks good and allows you to function normally. Many patients also assume that the pain associated with cavities and tooth decay should also go away after a filling, and while this is true it’s also normal for patients to experience some tooth pain after filings. There are a variety of reasons for this and this is a normal part of the recovery process. Whether the reason is an allergy to the filling material used (this can be pretty common if you go with silver as a filling), tooth sensitivity, swollen gums, or an improper fit, all of these can cause tooth pain after the fillings have been put in.

The most common type of pain a dental patient experiences after an appointment and treatment is sensitivity based in nature. In other words, the pain might not be constant or consistent, but comes every time a person eats ice cream, drinks ice water, or chews on steak and other tough meats directly with that repaired tooth. This pain is pretty normal for patients who have just had dental work done, and because of that you shouldn’t be surprised if you experience basic tooth pain after getting some filling work done. This sensitivity should definitely go away with time and if you don’t see any difference after one or two weeks then you need to visit a dentist again in order to get the problem fixed.

If the issue isn’t sensitivity pain, but is a sharp shooting pain or a constant dull throbbing, that’s an entirely different problem and one that needs to be handled carefully. Both sharp pains and throbbing pain can often indicate that the fillings were not properly set, or there’s an allergic reaction to the material being used. In this case there’s no argument that you need to go back to the dentist to make sure that the fillings are properly set, or see if the result is an allergic reaction that will mean necessitating pulling out the offending materials and replacing them with something that won’t cause a painful allergic reaction.

These are the types of pain after fillings which can appear, and with both of them one of the keys is to consider duration. It’s pretty normal for teeth to be sensitive, sore, or to have some pain for around a week or sometimes even two afterwards – but the pain should fade over time and get better. If it doesn’t, then there are issues that need to be dealt with not only for your pain but also for your overall health. Allergic reactions in the mouth are never a good thing, and there is enough pain and difficulty in life without having to constantly deal with tooth pain in your mouth.

One Response to “Tooth Pain after Fillings: What You Need to Know”

  1. Dianne says:

    I have had 3 wks. Of throbbing pain after a filling now. The dentist recommended that an oral surgeon look at it, which he did and basically said our society always wants a quick fix….I am taking 800mg of ibuprofen several times a day to deal with this pain. I did notice a lot of filling debris around the roots of this tooth in the X-ray. Could this be the source? Going on a month now with this…and a full round of antibiotics, is becoming very frustrating. The dentist and specialist both commented that I’m lucky that ibuprofen is working. I never know when the pain is coming on and am also woken up at night with it. It is wearing me down. I would appreciate any help.

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