U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
United Kingdom (Great Britain)
A 17-year-old female asked:

Have just got a filling, mouth is still numb, why does it still hurt the same as before??

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. John Calvert
Dentistry 38 years experience
Depends...: After having a filling placed it is not unusual for the tooth to be a bit sensitive. However, if your tooth was causing you pain before, then you may have needed something different than a filling. Typically a cavity won't cause severe pain unless the nerve is involved. If the post-op discomfort is just sensitivity then give it some time. If you are having spontaneous pain, see your dentist asap.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
Last updated Jul 21, 2014


Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.