What Should You Do if You Have Tooth Pain After Filling


Tooth pain after filling is a widespread issue that disturbs in the end of therapy.

Tooth filling represents one of the most popular dental manipulations that almost everyone has resorted to. It’s aimed not only at restoring aesthetics of the teeth, but it’s also an effective and safe way to remove problems in the oral cavity. Thanks to modern methods, the patient receives the opportunity to choose among a few options that can fit each situation. This type of treatment has several advantages and consequently has high popularity.

When manipulation is done, a patient can perceive toothache after filling because of several reasons. Even in the case of the conventional caries cure, the teeth are damaged, and with removing the nerve or installing the pin, the teeth are even more suffered. A tooth requires time for recovering. During this period, you suffer distasteful sensations when you contact with hot or cold food, and it is also possible to identify dull nagging pain for no apparent reason. The ache can endure from a few days to 3-4 weeks, depending on how the medication has been carried out. However, the pain is not intense.

But before getting rid of harsh and painful feelings, it is necessity to know the origin and reason of their occurrence.

This is some kind of physiological factor when tooth pain after filling arises when teeth do pressure on each other during eating. It goes with specifics of the procedure itself - the teeth are still susceptible to pressure and temp changes. If tooth filling has no difficulties, an ache can pass in a couple of days. If unpleasant consequences arose after filling the canals, the recovery can take 3-4 weeks.

Main Causes of Toothache After Filling

The main factors that induce pain are:

  • The size of tooth filling is incorrectly selected ( it has too large or small size, malformed by bit);
  • The pulp was overheated (if the time period is disordered, a burn might occur); Acid or alkali got on the dentin, that led to inflammatory process in a tooth tissue;
  • Allergic to material;
  • Filling technology is improper;
  • In the situation of carious canals healing - poor-quality cleaning;
  • Progress of pulpitis or other inflammations

An exact description of an ache origin (mild susceptibility, hurting during tooth clenching, acute sore, nagging, pulsating, etc.), the period of its appearance after therapy (right after medication, after a few hours, in a day, etc); all this will help to find out why the tooth feels unwell after manipulation.

In order to relieve ache at home, it’s advised to take anti-inflammatory, painkillers, as well as other drugs prescribed by a doctor for a your individual case.

Keep in mind! Every day the patient’s health condition has to improve until the pain disappears. If you perceive tooth pain weeks after filling, it’s acute, and inflammatory processes also appear - it means you must consult a dentist without delay. Strong discomfort may indicate periodontal disease or pulpitis, and such diseases involve urgent surgical procedure. Remember that taking medication will only relieve symptoms, but will not provide good treatment.

It is strictly forbidden to engage in self-medication if the inflammatory process has worsened. Don’t attempt to take out the filling by yourself, even if it interferes. In addition, don’t warm up or cool the gums, as this may worsen the situation. If severe pain occurs, first contact the same clinic where the treatment was carried out. Specialists will offer you other options for solving your issue. The medical process should be strictly followed for recovery.

After tooth filling, it’s essential to abide by the recommendations of the dental specialist.

Prevention of Tooth Pain After Filling

In some cases when curing is done, patients immediately go back to old habits, especially if they don’t tempt severe tooth pain after filling. This leads to deterioration in health, pain intensifies, destroying the results of work. Dentists advise to follow some prescriptions during the first few days after therapy:

  • give up bad habits (smoking, alcohol);
  • restrict the use of very hot and cold food;
  • take care of hygiene;
  • temporarily eliminate sweets;
  • try to make less pressure on tooth with filling;
  • add more soft foods to your diet

Abidance by rules is especially important during the first few days, and then you can go back to your previous lifestyle.

Dental treatment almost always has harsh and uncomfortable indications that emerge after a dental health intervention. Don’t take fright in the case you feel tooth pain days after filling. This is totally normal, as your teeth are not yet used to the changes. With rightful installation and proper care, this discomfort will go away soon. However, always monitor the changes in your well-being. If you observe edema and it doesn’t fall away, the body temp has raised, the teeth can’t close tightly due to fillings, and you also notice any other abnormalities in the oral cavity - be sure to seek timely professional help. In this case, you will be able to keep your teeth in excellent condition.

Article Approved by:

Elyse Kerschner Pediatric Dentist, DDS