Do Dental Fillings Hurt Afterwards?

Dental fillings may hurt afterward. It can be annoying, but it’s common. But why would it hurt after restoration?

Why would a dental filling hurt afterward?

After completing a dental filling, the tooth that has been restored may be sensitive to hot or cold pressure. It’s normal, and there’s nothing to worry about. This condition is known as pulpitis.

During a dental filling procedure, your tooth may be traumatized causing agitation to the nerves. As a result, it causes sensitivity lasting for days or weeks.

The pain or sensitivity is greater if the decay was deep and it was close to the nerve. If your tooth becomes sensitive after tooth restoration, you should give your dentist a call. But there’s nothing to worry about. It could be that your tooth might need time to adjust or that the nerve might need a chance to calm down.

Nerve Pain is Normal

After undergoing tooth restoration through dental fillings, the restored tooth could be sensitive to temperature and pressure. As mentioned earlier, it’s normal. However, not all patients experience such discomfort after the procedure.

If the pain is unbearable, you must call our office and let us check the restored tooth.

Pain When You Bite

You’ll feel it when you bite down, or your teeth touch together. It’s noticeable after the anesthesia wears off. It can continue for a few days or weeks.

One of its reasons is that the dental filling is interfering with your bite. If that’s the case, you’ll have to go back to your dentist to have the filling reshaped.

If the pain doesn’t subside after reshaping, it indicates that the restored tooth requires additional treatment, like a root canal.

Pain is Sensitive to Hot or Cold

The pain can be sharp. There’s nothing to worry if the pain occurs when the restored tooth touches a hot or cold object. That is, it goes away after the object is removed.

Now, if the pain lingers for a long time even after the hot or cold object is removed, it can be caused by a damage to the nerve. If that’s your case, you must contact our office.

Throbbing Pain

If the dental filling causes throbbing, it could be that the decay was deep to the tooth’s pulp. It could indicate that the dental tissue has been severely damaged and you might need a root canal. When you visit Advanced Dental Care of Austin, our dentists would look into your problem and suggest a solution.

Root Canal

Sometimes, if the decay is severe, you might need a root canal to restore your natural tooth. It doesn’t mean that the restoration procedure was performed improperly.

A dental filling is usually the first step in restoring a tooth. If that doesn’t work, a root canal may be suggested. And then, a crown replacement may be performed. Compared with root canals and crowns, dental fillings are more cost-effective. Here at Advanced Dental Care of Austin, we do everything to save a tooth with a less invasive procedure.

Anytime you feel sensitivity, you should call us. We’ll make recommendations that can help with the pain.

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