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My mouth is hurting after a filling. What should I do for pain?

My mouth is hurting after a filling. What should I do for pain?

Likely aspirin, etc.: Probably the best thing for now is simple pain meds, like aspirin, tylenol, (acetaminophen) od advil. If this persists, you might have to go back to your dentist and/or see your doctor to make sure it is not something worse. ...Read more

Mouth (Definition)

Mouth (mouth) " n. Pl. Mouths 1. A. The body opening through which an animal takes in food. B. The cavity lying at the upper end of the alimentary canal, bounded on the outside by the lips and inside by the oropharynx and containing in higher vertebrates the tongue, gums, and teeth. C. This cavity regarded as the source of sounds and speech. D. The opening to any cavity or canal ...Read more


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It been a week since my fillings and my mouth still hurts. Can't eat any food cause it hurts. Normal.?

It been a week since my fillings and my mouth still hurts. Can't eat any food cause it hurts. Normal.?

No: Not if it's a week and it hurts you that much. It might require a bite adjustment or further treatment. Call and let your own dentist know. He\she will probably want to see you to re-evaluate the tooth and see what needs to be done to get you comfortable. Don't just wait or take pain medication. Call for an appointment. Feel better. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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I got fillings on one side this AM for an hour and now my jaw hurts a LOT and feels like it's stiffening. It hurts to open my mouth. Normal?

I got fillings on one side this AM for an hour and now my jaw hurts a LOT and feels like it's stiffening. It hurts to open my mouth. Normal?

Trauma...: Likely trauma or muscle soreness from having mouth open so long and from injection of the local anesthetic. Apply warm compresses and do slow exercises of opening and closing a bit at a time but not sofar as to be painful. Take NSAIDs for pain relief and their antiinflammatory effect. ...Read more

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My jaw hurts after cavity filling when I open and close my mouth it's been like 6 days since?

My jaw hurts after cavity filling when I open and close my mouth it's been like 6 days since?

TMJ disorder: Temporo-mandibular disorder is the second most frequent cause of orofacial pain after dental pain. Proper diagnosis is the key for the successful treatment. See an orofacial pain practitioner for a consultation and management. ...Read more

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A few days ago I went to dentist and had a numbing jab to remove a filling. It now hurts to open my mouth wide or poke my tongue out.?

A few days ago I went to dentist and had a numbing jab to remove a filling. It now hurts to open my mouth wide or poke my tongue out.?

Muscle irritation: Possible causes are muscle or joint irritation due to injection or opening to extended period of time. If this continues, contact dentist and have checked out. Most problems like this generally subside with time. ...Read more

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I went to the dentist to have 3 fillings done about a week ago now my whole mouth hurts horribly bad mainly my cheeks and jaw what could be causing it?

I went to the dentist to have 3 fillings done about a week ago now my whole mouth hurts horribly bad mainly my cheeks and jaw what could be causing it?

Muscle spasms: Often times when the mouth is held open for a long time during a procedure the muscles that control the jaw movements go into spasm and hurt very much. Usually time takes care of it but I would recommend advil (ibuprofen) and heat packs to try and get some relief now. ...Read more

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I will be getting sedated in my mouth, does a filling or having these teeth out hurt?

I will be getting sedated in my mouth, does a filling or having these teeth out hurt?

It should not: There are different types of sedation with different properties and levels of consciousness. With most sedation techniques, a local anesthetic is still administered so your mouth should be numb during the procedure. What you feel and remember during the procedure will depend upon the type of sedation you have, the effectiveness of the local anesthetic, and what type of procedure you are having. ...Read more

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Dentist yesterday AM for filling. Still hurts to open mouth & red/pain at the injection site of the local anesth. Is this normal, & for how long?

Dentist yesterday AM for filling. Still hurts to open mouth & red/pain at the injection site of the local anesth. Is this normal, & for how long?

Injection trauma: The needles we use are extremely sharp and fine, but as they penetrate the tissue they may injure muscles, blood vessels or other tissues. This almost always quickly subsides (1-3 days) although I cannot give you a definite time frame. You can use warm salt water rinses and OTC pain medication such as Advil, Motrin, Aleve (naproxen) or what you would normally take for a headache. ...Read more

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Why do my teeth hurt after I got a filling but they didn't hurt before?

Why do my teeth hurt after I got a filling but they didn't hurt before?

Various reasons: Most fillings are still a repair to an injury (decay or fracture from example) and your tooth may require some time to heal. (even though your chest may have been fine before, it's going to be sore after open heart surgery). There may also be adjustments that need to be made to the restoration (adjust bite, or redo filling) and the nerve on the tooth may need additional therapy as well. ...Read more

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How close are my roots in my teeth so if my filling chips will it hurt?

How close are my roots in my teeth so if my filling chips will it hurt?

Varies: Fillings are restorative material used to replace tooth structure for a tooth that has had destruction from decay. Because every cavity is different, a filling may be small and shallow or large and deep. This variability will dictate how far the filling is from the nerve in the center of the tooth (which would sense the pain). Having a chipped filling may or may not cause pain, but needs attention. ...Read more

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Is there anything I can do so that my teeth don't touch after fillings because they hurt?

Return to dentist: If the new fillings have made the teeth contact sooner than normal for you, the bite needs to be adjusted on these fillings. Very quick and painless procedure that should give you immediate relief. ...Read more

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Why do my teeth hurt when I chew after getting fillings? They didn't hurt before and its been a month

Why do my teeth hurt when I chew after getting fillings? They didn't hurt before and its been a month

Common question: Without knowing the depth of the restorations, it's hard to tell exactly why they are sensitive. But in general, the teeth were slightly traumatized by the excavation of the decay, and the irritated nerve in the tooth can remain sensitive until it heals. The bite may also be off a bit, so it's best that your restorative dentist takes a look. Call for an appointment. ...Read more

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My left lateral incisor had a filling this morning. It hurts terribly bad now, even worse than a root canal. Is this normal?

Pain is not normal: I assume that the decay was right next to the nerve and in the cleaning process the filling penetrated dental pulp. In this case root canal therapy is warranted. See your dentist for exam and x-ray.
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Cavity in my molar hurts really bad...I want some home remedies to cure it...I do not want filling to be done....Please advise something thanks?

Cavity in my molar hurts really bad...I want some home remedies to cure it...I do not want filling to be done....Please advise something thanks?

Reconsider options: I want to be 4" taller and 40 years younger. In this world, that's not going to happen. Unfortunately neither is a home remedy to cure your cavity. You can suffer in pain or see a dentist who can hopefully save your tooth. The sooner you see a dentist, the sooner you'll be out of pain. Dentistry nowadays can be painless and postponing dental treatment only leads to more expense and less teeth. ...Read more

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I have a metal plate in skull. At times I feel something like electricity in head there. Normal? Hurts slightly. Like foil on filling but less sharp

Might be nerve irrit: There might be a nerve in the area growing or re-growing near the plate, getting irritated. Sometimes nerve blocks can help this. OTher times medication can be given that helps. ...Read more

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I've had a hole in my teeth for many years now. Is there any other solution aside pulling or filling it, cos it really hurts. I don't want to pull/fill?

I've had a hole in my teeth for many years now. Is there any other solution aside pulling or filling it, cos it really hurts. I don't want to pull/fill?

Really depends: Your options depend on the current condition of the tooth and if it can or cannot be restored. A clinical exam visually as well as an X-ray would help determine what options may be available to you. ...Read more

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Could grinding my teeth be the reason why my fillings hurt?

Could grinding my teeth be the reason why my fillings hurt?

Bruxism: The technical term for grinding of teeth at night is bruxism. It can cause fillings to hurt, wear down enamal, cause facial pain and headaches. There are treatments for this that your dentist should be familiar with. Sometimes biofeedback or other therapies by a psychologist help. This can also sometimes be a medication side effect - so the key to treating this is proper diagnosis. ...Read more

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My teeth are so sensitive it hurts to eat. I have no fillings or known cavities. What do I do?

My teeth are so sensitive it hurts to eat. I have no fillings or known cavities. What do I do?

Clenching/grinding: Is it possible that you are grinding or clenching your teeth? This will often cause sensitivity.
I would also not use any tarter control or whitening toothpastes as they can make the sensitivity more pronounced. ...Read more

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Filling (Definition)

Any of several materials used to repair a tooth that has chipped, is adversely worn, or that has had a cavity which has been drilled (cleaned ...Read more