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Discomfort After Dental Fillings

Discomfort after dental fillings, is very common. You might feel sensitivity to cold liquids, sweet foods, and when biting down. These are very common for a few weeks but get better during time. The best option is to avoid anything that’s causing the sensitivity on your teeth. It is also recommended to switch to a toothpaste that helps with sensitivity. Sensitivity is normal for a few weeks, throbbing pain is not. If you feel throbbing pain consult with your treating dentist to make sure there isn’t a major problem. discomfort after fills ft

Fillings are used to replace the decayed area of a tooth. The decay area has to be removed so the cavity doesn’t grow and create a major problem. The type of filling depends on your dentist and what works best for you. In Smiles on Bristol Dentistry in Santa Ana we use white composite fillings for our patients. If there is a large cavity there is options to protect the tooth, like a base liner that works like a wall between the dentin and filling creating less sensitivity. There are other options you have like desensitizer, this all depends on your dentist choice and what works best for you.

Discomfort when biting down is also very common. This can mean that the occlusion of your teeth can be a little high causing the discomfort when you bite down. This can be fixed by your dentist; he has to adjust the occlusion of the filling. If the discomfort stays, then there might be a bigger problem. If you have throbbing pain it can be that the tooth is no longer healthy. You might need a root canal treatment to get rid of the throbbing pain.

In some rare cases, some patients might be allergic to amalgam fillings. If this is the case it’s very important to let your dentist know about any medical condition. If the treating dentist is informed, he will put the filling that works best for you. If your discomfort is from cold liquids and sweet foods, this usually takes a couple weeks for the sensitivity to go away. There is also a slight chance that you might feel discomfort when flossing after an interproximal filling has been placed. This can be that the tissues are irritated and the discomfort will go away. It’s very important to continue to floss.

If it’s past a couple weeks and you have persistent consult with your treating dentist. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our Santa Ana Dentist Dr. Danial Kalantari or your friendly staff of Smiles on Bristol Dentistry. Contact Us