You finally took care of that pesky cavity and got a filling. You were hoping that would be the end of your toothache troubles, but your mouth isn’t bouncing back as quickly as you expected.
When you have filling sensitivity or discomfort for an extended period of time after the procedure, you have to ask yourself: Is this normal? Should I contact my dentist?
Pinpoint the reason you still have filling sensitivity by answering the following questions:
Do You Have Pain When You Bite Down?
If it only hurts when you bite down, your filling simply may be formed too high. You probably began to notice this issue soon after the numbness wore off after the initial procedure. When fillings aren’t shaped correctly, they affect the feel of your bite, and your dentist may need to alter the filling’s shape.
Does it Feel Sensitive to Hot and Cold?
Do you get sharp nerve pain when you drink or eat anything hot or cold? Your tooth’s nerves have been damaged, and if this discomfort lingers long after eating or drinking, you should see your dentist.
Are You Experiencing Constant Pain?
If the pain you’re feeling is similar to your previous toothache — a constant, throbbing pain — all the decay may not have been eradicated from the affected tooth. If this pain sticks around for over two weeks after the procedure, go back to your dentist. You may need to have a root canal to remove infected inner pulp.
Are Neighboring Teeth Hurting?
When the tooth with the filling is fine but nearby teeth feel overly sensitive, it’s probably a nerve issue, with the affected tooth passing the pain signals along to its neighbors. This type of discomfort will most likely recede within two weeks.
Causes of Filling Trouble
Maybe your dental fillings have been effective for years, but now they’re starting to wear down and cause discomfort. If you have a habit of clenching your teeth, your fillings may be especially at risk. Cracked or chipped fillings create a vulnerability for further tooth decay. If the seal between the tooth and the filling material breaks down, bacteria could make its way underneath the filling and also lead to more decay.
If your filling is new, see your dentist right away if it feels loose or falls out. If pain persists for three to four weeks, have the area examined to rule out any unresolved issues. Older fillings should be checked at each regular exam for stability, and new pain in an old filling should be addressed right away.
Make an appointment at Oak Hills Dentistry for an examination of any filling that’s bothering you, and get professional advice on how to treat continued sensitivity.