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A 49-year-old male asked:

How long is it normal to have discomfort in tooth after cavity filling? was told cavity back molar. had no symptoms. now after five days still have sensitivity/discomfort. never had this issue before. and is new dentist.

3 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 40 years experience
Sensitive Tooth: It is not uncommon for recently restored teeth to be sensitive, especially if the cavity was deep. Many times even deep cavities are asymptomatic. No pain does not mean no problem. Your dentist knows how deep the decay was and is the best person to answer your questions.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 53 years experience
Pain: You had surgery to correct an infection. The deeper the cavity, the more decayed tissue that had to be removed the longer the healing time. As your symptoms are not abating, let your Dentist know. If the filling is microscopically "high," the tooth can be quite sensitive. The good news it's an easy fix. See your Dentist.
Dr. Manami Yamaguchi
Dentistry 25 years experience
POST-OP CHECK: Call your dentist and ask for a follow-up appointment. If the filling is high, it is common that your tooth gets sensitive. Dentists do check the bite after the filling is done, but the patient's bite is often a little "off" as the mouth has been open for a long time, and the mouth is still numb. Return to get another check. If you got a tooth-colored fill, you may need extra light-curing, too.

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