After a dental filling procedure, it is not uncommon for patients to experience pain and sensitivity in the area. Tooth sensitivity to pressure, air, temperature and sweet food may occur, but it should dissipate after a few weeks. If the sensitivity persists after three to four weeks, it may be time to re-visit your dentist. There are several causes for pain around the fillings and learning about the causes can help you manage your pain in the future and get the dental help you need.
Physical Contact Pain
One of the most common causes for filling-related pain is when you touch your teeth together or bite down. This is a common pain that typically occurs after your anesthesia wears off and it may continue for a short time. However, if this pain persists for too long, it may interfere with your ability to bite down. Return to your dentist after prolonged pain, and they may need to inspect it for reshaping or schedule further procedures.
If you experience pain to hot or cold foods, you may need to speak with your dentist to see if there is a deeper cause. Often, pain to temperature goes away after a little while. If the pain lingers for a longer time, it is possible that there is nerve damage underneath the filling. From there, your dentist can tell you how you need to proceed to relieve the pain.
Pain that comes as a throbbing toothache may imply a deeper problem in your tooth. If the decay was closer to the pulp, the toothache could be an indication that the underlying tissue may no longer be healthy. If this is the case, you may need to schedule a future root canal procedure. Speak with your dentist as soon as possible and learn more about what the pain may entail.
If you feel sensitivity or pain around the teeth close to the one that received the care, you may not need to visit a dentist at all if it does not persist after a few weeks. This type of pain is simply passed down pain signal, and it often decreases on its own over the next several days. See a dentist if it persists, but it is extremely rare for this type of pain to remain constant.
Sometimes allergic reactions may be the cause behind the pain. Fewer than 100 cases have been historically reported of allergic pain but it should be considered. Some other symptoms to watch out for that could indicate allergic pain include itching and skin rashes around the mouth. Sometimes a family history of allergies may also indicate the cause.
This type of pain can occur at any point after the procedure. The constant pressure from using your teeth can cause the dental fillings to wear away or physically break down. Check in with your dentist regularly, as this type of pain may indicate that the fillings need to be reshaped for the long-term. Often, such damage to your fillings can be spotted relatively quickly and easily.