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How to deal with nerve pain after dental filling?

3 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. James Goodrich
Neurosurgery 40 years experience
Dental pain: A consultation with a neurologist that deals with pain management would be the best route to go. In more severe cases like trigeminal neuralgia there are specific medications that can be proscribed.
Dr. Gary Chapman
Dentistry - Orthodontics 36 years experience
Advil (ibuprofen): Many new dental fillings will be sensitive for a few days to weeks after the filling is placed. Think healing time. Ibuprofen products are quite good at reducing pain levels and inflammation in the area to aid the healing process. If the tooth continues to hurt longer than a few days to weeks, you should consult your dentist further.
Dr. Allan Hawryluk
Dentistry 20 years experience
Avoid hot/cold and..: After the freezing wears off it is best not to drink anything extremely hot or cold because the nerves of the teeth may be inflamed. In addition, it helps not to bite anything extremely hard while the tooth is healing. It sometimes helps to take an over the counter pain pill. If the pain is more than a minor amount I would contact your dentist for assessment.
Last updated Mar 14, 2019


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