When you come in to get a filling for one of your teeth, it's likely been hurting you for a while. Most people wait for some time before making an appointment to see if the pain goes away. In general, toothaches don't go away on their own because there's an underlying condition that's causing the discomfort.
If you need a filling, we will numb the tooth in question and proceed to clean away the decay in the cavity. After rinsing it to make sure all the debris and bacteria is out, our dentist will fill it using the selected material, usually a tooth-colored resin that matches the rest of your teeth. You won't feel any pain during the procedure, thanks to the anesthetic used, and you will experience its effects for a few hours after you get home.
Why Does a Dental Filling Hurt?
The goal of filling a tooth that has a cavity is to protect the tooth and reduce any pain and discomfort in the area. In general, most patients have some pain after a dental filling, mostly due to sensitivity. Depending on how big the filling is, someone can also have pain when biting down. You will notice some difference in the bite, but it should be comfortable. If it isn't, let us know right away.
How to Treat Toothaches After Filling
Over-the-counter medications can help with any swelling after a filling. Because of the manipulation and drilling during the procedure, your teeth may feel more sensitive. You should avoid hot or cold foods, as well as acidic foods for a few days until you feel better after getting a dental filling.
Feeling pain after a filling is not uncommon, but it should start to diminish as the days go by. If your pain is getting worse, it could be a sign there is another problem, such as an infection, and you should call us as soon as possible.
Century Dental Dr. Jefferson Call, DMD & Dr. Dix Densley, DDS