Generally, side effects of tooth fillings should not occur at all. A Dental filling is the solution that should be giving relief from tooth aches, however often people do suffer from bad tooth pain after a filling.
In fact, nowadays, tooth pain after a filling is one of the most common complaints that many patients face.
The pain after filling of teeth can often be traced back to tooth sensitivity after fillings.
There are several reasons for pain/sensitivity after filling of teeth:
- After the anaesthesia wears off, pain can be felt, if the filling may be high & interfering with your bite.
- A very sharp pain of sensitivity to hot or cold, if the tooth-filling has voids or residual chemicals within the Filling.
- “Toothache-type” constant throbbing pain, may be due to damage to innermost pulp layer, that could be due to cavity or removal of cavity.
- Referred pain or sensitivity from other affected teeth besides the one that received the filling.
- Allergic Reactions to Amalgam (Silver) Fillings. or Deteriorating Fillings.
- An abscessed tooth.
- Broken seal between the tooth enamel and the filling & additional decay in that tooth.
- Tooth sensitivity following placement of a filling is fairly common. A tooth may be sensitive to pressure, air, sweet foods, or temperature. Usually, the sensitivity resolves on its own within a few days. If it persists, visit the Dental clinic.
- If the dentist fails to give you a sound filling, this can also lead to ongoing tooth aches and pain. In some cases, reshaping the filling will make the pain go away.
Only the tooth-ache that lasts several weeks after the filling may be the sign of a poor dental filling or something major like an abscessed tooth, needing RCT.
Immediately after cavity filling, when can you eat is a major question of many patients. In temporary fillings, after 2 hours and in permanent ones almost immediately but soft diet is recommended.
If your tooth hurts after your filling, in addition to avoiding certain foods and beverages, you can also try these methods to relieve discomfort:
- Avoiding hot and cold foods for several days.
- In extreme cases, suggest a root canal procedure.
- Using an over-the-counter pain medicine, like ibuprofen or acetaminophen.
- Avoiding the use of any teeth whitening products that can increase sensitivity.
- Application of a topical analgesic ointment that can numb tooth pain temporarily.
- Rinsing your mouth after eating/drinking highly acidic food stuff.