If you’ve just had a cavity filled at your dentist’s office, you’re probably happy to finally get some relief. However, while the problem may be solved, it’s not uncommon to still feel some discomfort after the procedure, according to Dr. Jeremy Bauer, DDS, of North Pole Dental Workshop in Alaska. Tooth sensitivity following dental fillings is a fairly common complaint among patients and can be caused by a number of issues.
Here are a few things that might cause discomfort after you’ve had a filling:
- Biting Down: After your procedure is completed, you may experience discomfort when biting down or touching your teeth together. This is common, and not a cause for concern. Usually, you’ll notice this pain soon after the local anesthesia wears off; however, if your pain gets worse days or weeks after the procedure, you should return to your dentist to have the filling reshaped.
- Hot & Cold Foods: Dental fillings can be extremely sensitive to hot and cold foods, yet the pain usually lasts only a few seconds and then subsides. If you notice an overwhelming sensitivity to hot or cold foods or beverages, and the pain severely impacts what you can and cannot eat, it’s a good idea to revisit your dentist to see if nerve damage could be the cause for your pain.
- Referred Pain: Referred pain is common among patients who have just received a tooth filling, and it’s felt in the teeth that did not receive dental work. This is normal, and you can rest assured there is nothing wrong with your other teeth—it’s just pain signals being passed along by the filled tooth. Referred pain usually decreases in the days and weeks following a filling.
Tooth sensitivity and pain after a filling could also be caused by air pressure and even sweet foods, but you can expect the pain to diminish fairly quickly. If you’re experiencing excruciating pain after a dental filling, or if the pain increases over time, it’s best to see your dentist and have an exam completed to make sure there aren’t underlying issues.
For more information on dental fillings or to learn if the discomfort you’re feeling after your procedure is normal, call the North Pole Dental Workshop at (907) 490-4650. You can also visit their website where you can learn more information about Dr. Bauer and the dental services he provides.