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A 34-year-old member asked:

My tooth is hurting after getting fillings. does it sound abnormal?

4 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jake Richards
Dentistry 12 years experience
Not uncommon: Many times fillings can be deep and near the pulp/nerve and though they don't get there it can be irritating like a bruise. It should peak over the first couple days and then taper off, if not contact you dentist.
Dr. Jennifer Holtzman
Dentistry 39 years experience
It's very common: When a dentist places a filling heat is generated - that's what makes your tooth hurt when getting a filling and why the dentist numbs you up. If the nerve is traumatized by the process it may hurt after the numbness wears off.
Dr. John Van der Werff
Dentistry 39 years experience
Depends: If the fillings were deep pain is more likely to be present, but if the fillings were shallow i would say that it is unusual. If the pain does not start to subside within a few days i suggest you call your dentist.
Dr. Alex Shvartsman
Cosmetic Dentistry 25 years experience
Possibly: While some sensitivity after filling is possible due to irritation of the nerve, especially if there is a deep filling, prolonged sensitivity may indicate irreversible nerve inflammation.

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A 45-year-old member asked:

What can I do if my tooth is still hurting after a filling, what do I do?

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Dr. Eyal Simchi
Specializes in Pediatric Dentistry
Depends: There are a few things to look into if pain persists after a filling. If you can post a little more info. Size of cavity, filling material, when the filling was done etc...I may be able to better direct you.

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