Why Does My Tooth Still Hurt After a Filling?

Why does my tooth still hurt after a filling?

What Are Some of the Causes of Tooth Pain After Fillings

After a trip to the dentist, for the next several weeks you may experience sensitivity to hot or cold which may last a few seconds. This is perfectly normal when your teeth are restored. If you have any sensitivity which lasts longer than a few minutes when exposed to cold or hot, or if there is sensitivity to biting pressure or the release of biting pressure, or there is sensitivity in the tooth on top or underneath the one treated, then the bite may have to be adjusted. This should be taken care of as soon as possible to avoid more lasting discomfort.

Modern tooth colored fillings are made of materials that blend into the tooth visually, so they may be very difficult to find and correct slight excess material in only one visit. Your mouth is sensitive to changes in your bite as little as fifty microns (.05 mm.) difference, so very slight changes can make a tooth uncomfortable.

Treatment may be something as simple as needing your bite adjusted. When your mouth is numb it may be difficult for you to bite the way you normally do, for this reason it may be impossible to get the bite exactly right. If so an additional adjustment may be all you need.

In some cases these symptoms may be an indication the tooth has a problem which may require additional treatment, especially if the symptoms last longer than a few minutes at a time.

Large fillings may not be adequate for some teeth to chew and feel comfortable. The tooth may have a crack or fracture in it which is sensitive, and cannot be repaired with a filling. In this case you may be advised to have a crown or other treatment (root canal). If this is the case, you should treat these teeth as soon as possible to avoid complications or avoid losing the tooth entirely.

Please feel free to contact us for help with your sensitive tooth. 732-219-8900