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What to do with Pain after Cavity

What to do with Pain after Cavity

The main causes for pain after filling cavity are sensitivity, structural problems, or allergies to the filling materials or anesthesia. If the pain persists or become more severe you should contact your dentist immediately. Gum pain after filling cavity may also occur because when the dentist is polishing the filling, they may accidentally hit your gums. A throbbing pain after filling cavity might be cause by swelling of the area because it has been irritated.

Fillings especially composite fillings can cause tooth sensitivity. The most common type of sensitivity that occurs is with hot and cold temperatures. You often have a difficult time eating and drinking food that it really hot or really cold. Other causes of tooth sensitives are air, pressure, or sweetness of certain foods. This type of pain typically resolves itself with a few weeks of having the filling done. If the pain does not go away after a few weeks, contact your dentist. A sensitivity toothpaste may be commended if this becomes a common issue.

Sometimes people have an allergic reaction to materials in the filling, such as silver. Or they have a reaction to materials used during the cavity filling procedure. This can also cause pain after the filling is complete. To avoid this from happening, inform your dentist of any known allergies you have. This can also help to avoid any swelling that often accompanies an allergic reaction. If you think you are having an allergic reaction contact your dentist immediately. Allergic reactions can be life-threatening.

Sometimes pain can occur if the filling isn’t fitting properly into the tooth. This can cause cracks to occur. Also if the filling is too high it can cause grinding which can also lead to tooth pain. When the dentist polishes the filling they can unknowingly leave behind sharp edges. This can cause pain all over the mouth. Often these type of structural problems do require extra visits to your dentist to fix the problem.

If you experience a shock like pain through your tooth when it comes into contact with another tooth, this is known as galvanic shock. This is usually cause by the teeth conducting electricity between each other. This happens when two teeth have metal fillings, since two metal surfaces coming into contact can in fact cause a weak electrical current to transfer in between teeth. This issue usually resolves itself in about two weeks. If it doesn’t resolve or is too painful contact your dentist.

You can avoid pain associated with filling cavities by being prepared. Tell your dentist ahead of time if you have any known allergies. Also try to avoid tooth sensitively triggers like hot and cold food. Also a toothpaste designed for sensitive teeth may also help with tooth sensitivity. Some slight discomfort with cavity filling just is a part of the dental experience. If something does not feel right contact your dentist immediately. These are your teeth and you only get one set of them so be your own advocate.