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Have you ever experience sensitivity on a tooth after it has been filled? If your answer is yes, then you are not alone. It is common to feel sensitivity on a tooth that has been filled for a couple of days sometimes weeks. This all depends on how large was the cavity that was filled and what type of restoration was used to replace the missing tooth structure. The type of restoration that is used, plays a very important role in how much sensitivity you are going to feel. Amalgam restorations are known to cause little to no sensitivity. White composite fillings are more common for patients to feel some type of sensitivity.GlumaD

At Smiles on Bristol Dentistry our Santa Ana Dentist Dr. Danial Kalantari recommends to his patients desensitizer if the cavity is large. Desensitizer is a material that is placed before the filling so that the patient doesn’t feel sensitivity on the tooth after the treatment. The brand of desensitizer that is used in the office is called Gluma. Gluma works by blocking the microscopic tubules that compose the dentin. The objective of desensitizer is too reduce and prevent hypersensitivity.

Desensitizer can be used on more than just dental fillings. Desensitizer can be used on crown preparations, bridges, inlays and onlays, veneers and temporary restorations, tooth neck erosion, exposed dentin, and hypersensitive teeth due to gingiva recession. Once it’s placed it can treat and prevent hypersensitivity for about 9 months sometimes longer. Having the option of a desensitizer is great because it can eliminate the option of brushing with a toothbrush that treats sensitivity.

So if you are still experiencing sensitivity you should contact your dentist, and ask if desensitizer is an option for your case. The dentist can best inform you if desensitizer will work or if it’s a different problem. If you have any questions you can contact your friendly dental office of Smiles on Bristol Dentistry. Contact Us