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A 36-year-old member asked:

Please explain why does my amalgam (filling) hurt?

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Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry 55 years experience
Filling sensitivity: Drilling out the decay on a tooth and restoring it with a filling is a surgical procedure on the tooth and it is not uncommon to have some post-op sensitivity. It could be related to the bite being high or the the nerve being inflamed. Call the dentist who treated you for advice on this matter. It might go away on its own or require further treatment. Your own dentist will know best.
Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management 37 years experience
Why amalgam hurt?: A tooth may be sensitive to cold or hot for several weeks after you get a silver amalgam filling. The reason is metal is an excellent conductor of hot and cold and an amalgam filling is metal. However, the sensitivity to temperature normally goes away after a while (4-8 weeks). Be patient.

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A 39-year-old member asked:

How come my amalgam (filling) hurts?

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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 41 years experience
More info needed...: New or old filling? Deep or shallow? Large or small? As you can see, it's a pure guess without knowing these answers as well as looking at the tooth and a radiograph. Call your local dentist for an appointment.

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