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can white composite fillings cause jaw/face pain?

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Dr. Kim Capehart
19 years experience Dentistry
Yes: Composite fillings that are deep to the nerve or into the nerve can cause pain or jaw/facial pain. A filling that is too high (high bite), can also cause facial pain as well. Usually a very simple fix is feasible to stop pain for bite adjustments but deep fillings can be more involved to treat.
Answered on Aug 2, 2015
Dr. Gary Brown
36 years experience Dentistry
Possibly: Fillings can cause pain, whether it is composite (tooth colored) or alloy (silver) or even a type of crown. Pain could mean infection or irritation. Keep in mind that teeth hate fillings.The result in even the smallest filling can be some type of sensitivity to something cold or hot, the longivity indicating if it is reversible or not. However, pain is usually not associated with small filings.
Answered on Mar 20, 2017
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Dr. Don Millner
42 years experience Cosmetic Dentistry
Yes adj ASAP!!: A thick "high" filling of immediately light cured "white" composite restoration can create serious jaw and TMJ discomfort. In the least it can be annoying or create tooth sensitivity at the most it can cause TMJ issues and/or fracture the filled tooth and it's opposing tooth. While ones bite seems to adapt, it doesn't! a slight bite adjustment now can prevent significant pain latter.
Answered on Oct 23, 2017
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Dr. Louis Gallia
44 years experience Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Yes: Yes. See DDS for evaluation. Can be from inflammation of tooth, or high filling irritating TMJ.
Answered on Nov 28, 2017

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