When you hear “dental filling” you might think “pain.” But that’s only because you need a filling to repair a cavity, which is painful.
Cavities are often painful because they are holes that expose the tooth’s nerve to uncomfortable elements in the mouth. That nerve is very sensitive to sweets, hot and cold temperatures, and acids. Decay removes some of your tooth’s protective layers and jeopardizes the nerve.
Getting a dental filling is what will help your tooth to feel better. It patches up the hole, to restore the insulation around your tooth’s nerve.
But does it hurt to have decay removed and filled?
Why Fillings Don’t Hurt
You will be numb for the entire filling process. Your dentist will give you an injection of anesthesia that dulls your tooth to pain. While the physical removal happens, you won’t feel more than a little pressure.
Cavity preparation removes only the rotten part of your tooth to keep the hollowed-out hole as small as possible.
The dentist then puts in the filling to seal off the opening left behind. Your patched-up tooth will be ready for action almost immediately after your appointment.
After the Filling
Even after your numbing injection wears off, you shouldn’t feel any pain. The only potentially painful part is the fact that your tooth nerve was exposed to food and air temperatures. The filling plugs up the opening and fixes that problem.
Some people experience a little sensitivity soon after getting a new filling, but their teeth quickly adjust.
It is very unusual to experience discomfort after getting a tooth filled. If you do, contact your dentist to have your restoration checked.
Posted on behalf of:
Buford Family Dental
4700 Nelson Grogdon Blvd. NE #210
Buford, GA 30518
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