Tooth sensitivity following a dental filling procedure is actually a fairly common occurrence. Usually it will dissipate on its own within a few weeks. You may notice an unusual sensitivity to temperatures in the air or when consuming food and beverages that are hot or cold. You may also experience slight pain when biting on the tooth, sometimes pressure can hurt in the first few weeks.
If your tooth hurts longer than a few weeks, or if the sensitivity itself is too painful, you should let us know so we can help. There are desensitizing toothpastes we can recommend, and there is also a desensitizing material which we can apply to the tooth. If you are experiencing a toothache from decay in the tooth we filled, and this decay was deep enough to be near the tooth pulp, it may indicate a need for a root canal. This means the decayed tissue in the socket isn’t healthy and will need to be removed.
What if the tooth hurts when you bite down on it? We might need to reshape the filling for you so the bite fits correctly. Another cause of temporary tooth pain after a filling includes the touching of different metals. If your tooth with a gold crown touches a new silver amalgam filling, it can hurt in the beginning until the teeth become accustomed to the material.
It is also possible for your surrounding teeth to feel temporary pain for a week or so after the procedure. The newly filled tooth might be sending out pain signals and the other teeth are picking up on it. It will go away as well.
If you have sensitivity after a dental filling, remember that it will typically go away on its own. If for any reason it continues please let us know and we will get your smile back on track. If you have any concerns, please let us know. You can reach our Monon Family Dental team in Indianapolis, Indiana at 317-846-6188 today, and one of our caring dentists, Dr. Grant Cleveland, Dr. Zachary Allmand, and Dr. Timothy Carlson will be happy to help you!