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Sep
14

Is Sensitivity After a Dental Filling Normal?

Posted in Fillings

White (composite resin) fillings are becoming the most common type of filling these days. But a common complaint that accompanies them is that of sensitivity. If you’ve just had a composite filling placed and have some sensitivity, then rest assured that this is likely normal.

Why does this happen?

What Happens with a Filling

During the filling procedure, you’re usually enjoying the effects of local anesthesia. You don’t feel everything that’s going on. When a cavity is drilled away, the sensitive inner layer of your tooth is exposed. A filling helps protect this delicate area. But your tooth has gone through quite an ordeal!

Once the anesthetic wears off, your tooth may start to ache a bit from the invasion with the drill and filling material. It’s very common for a newly filled tooth to be a little sore for a couple days.

Getting Used to the Filling

With time, your tooth naturally responds to sensitivity by reinforcing itself near the filling margin. You may at first be sensitive to cold, sweet foods, and bite pressure, but these sensitivities should fade.

You can strengthen your tooth by using plenty of fluoride after getting a filling. Fluoride helps remineralize surfaces that were weakened in the filling process.

When to Seek Help

In some cases, sensitivity is a sign that there is a serious problem that needs attention.

  • Is the sensitivity lasting for several weeks after the filling?
  • Do you experience pain every time you bite your teeth together?
  • Does sensitivity persist even after the hot/cold item is removed?
  • Do you have throbbing pain?

These issues could indicate that your tooth needs more attention. Call your dentist for specific recommendations.

Posted on behalf of:
Meridian Campus Family Dental
3201 Willamette DR NE
Lacey, WA 98516
(360) 200-5505

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