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Tooth Pain When Chewing After Composite Filling
Need to see Dentist: Please see the dentist who filled the tooth asap... One possibility is that the filling is high. A slight adjustment may resolve it completely. Or... The filling may be very close to the nerve. This can lead to a root canal or loss of your tooth. Aleve, (naproxen) advil, Motrin or for more holistic patients, arnica can be helpful to reduce swelling and pain temporarily. ...Read more
Wait and see:
Teeth are sensitive after fillings due to the size, depth and location on the tooth.
Also the size of the pulp chamber.
Sensitivity to cold is most common. This usually abates in 2 wks.
If the tooth aches without any stimuli, then there is a greater chance the pulp may be irreversibly inflamed and a root canal may be necessary.
If the ache continues to worsen over time, a root canal is necessary. ...Read more
I have really bad toothache after composite filling in my molars. Its been a week and a half. Help!?
Go back to dentist: And have it checked.Get a more detailed answer ›
Under pressure: When a tooth is worked on to correct an issue there will be resultant inflammation. In most cases the inflammation resolves on its own. Yet if something is not quite right like the bite is off a bit it may cause increased trauma to the tooth. Many times while numb it is difficult to bite properly so when numb is gone you will be more aware and a simple adjustment to bite may be all it needs. ...Read more
My dentist put a composite filling in my tooth the same day I felt chemical reaction with an old silver spoon?
I have tooth pain 3 mos. After cavity filling. Dr. Examined it, saw nothing wrong, but pain persists. Seems to travel since I can't tell which tooth is?
I've been having tooth pain for about three weeks. It's been excrucating, but I don't have insurance so I've been trying to tough it out. The pain was centered around a tooth with a loose filling, so I forced the filling back in. What should I do now?
Exposed tubules: When your dentin (second layer of the tooth) is being drilled, structure inside the dentin called dentinal tubules become exposed. Inside are some nerves endings that get triggered everytime there is fluid exchange (hydrodynamic theory). As the time progress these tubule get calcified (more calcium deposit) and your symptom will subside. Try sensodyne toothpaste to calm the nerve down. ...Read more
6-8 weeks: It is normal to experience sensitivity after you have recently had a filling up to 6-8 weeks. Do not worry, as long as the tooth is gradually improving. Sometimes, the decay could have been too close to the nerve of the tooth and in some cases the tooth will need a root canal therapy to stop the toothache. ...Read more
Pain after filling: There are several conditions that may cause sharp and persistent tooth pain after composite filling. It is normal to experience sensitivity after you have recently had a filling. Do not worry, as long as the tooth is gradually improving. Sometimes, the decay could have been too close to the nerve of the tooth and in some cases the tooth will need a root canal therapy to stop the toothache. ...Read more
Radiating pain: The constant strain on the neck muscles and stress during the dental treatment results in the headache felt at the back of the neck radiating up the skull and shoulder. Application of moist heat and OTC NSAID can help to ease discomfort. If concerned, see your dentist for post-op evaluation. ...Read more
Get help ASAP: Pain is your bodies way of telling you there's something that needs your attention now. Sorry you're not feeling well, but please try to get to your dentist as soon as possible. In the meantime, 1-2 200mg Ibuprofen (advil, motrin) or 1 Ibuprofen + 1 acetominophen (tylenol) every 4 hours w lots of liquid or food. Won't fix the problem, but should take the edge off. ...Read more
I am having nightly tooth pain. With no insurance I can not afford the root canal/fillings I need. How can I minimize the pain until I can afford it?
Free dental care: Call your Local Dental Society for the information about free dental care for low-income population in your area. Take care. ...Read more
When I got my bottom braces on, they put some white thing near the front of my back tooth and it's there in 2 places, could this be a composite filling?
Bite turbo: It's a bit of plastic to protect your braces, to prevent you from biting them off until your teeth begin to level and align. Your Orthodontic Specialist should be able to explain this to you. Never be put off about asking a question. We Orthodontists very much enjoy what we do, like talking about it, and are always happy to share knowledge. ...Read more
See your dentist: If pain lasts only seconds, sensitivity generally does not signal a serious problem. However, if it last longer and getting worse, see your dentist ASAP for a proper re- evaluation and treatment if needed.. ...Read more
Dr, I had pain swollen gum after undergoes front tooth filling (white composite filling)and now it has been a week. Is that normal?
More info needed...: Did you get an injection? Was the filling near the gumline? No one answer can apply to all situations. Speak to the dentist who did the filling for you. ...Read more
I have tooth pain 7/10 over last two days in a tooth which had a filling done on it in 11/2014. No gum swelling or discomfort. What could it be?
More info needed....: Pain = 7/10... to what? Hot? Cold? Biting down? Continuous or episodic? How deep was the filling? Without answers to these questions it is not possible to accurately diagnose your problem. Your best bet is to call our dentist for a followup. Hard to say without a radiograph and and an exam. ...Read more
I have tooth pain on one side on both the lower and bottom jaws. Swelling in cheek and this didn't start happening until fillings. Hurts to eat
Tooth pain+sensitivity to cold. Had a filling a month ago. Xrays looked fine today. Cold air hurt on tooth too. What else could be causing this pain?
Not uncommon or....: It's not uncommon to have some sensitivity for awhile following a new filling, and more likely to occur with deep, large, and amalgam filling. Other possible causes are gum recession exposing the root surface and the bite being slightly off. It should be getting better rather that worse or the same over time. If not, return to your dentist to have check it out or some other adjacent tooth problem. ...Read more
Having really sharp tooth pain even when just tap water touches my tooth and the side of my face hurts why? (recently had filling on it)
Pain: See your d noisy about your sharp pain ASAP. It is impossible to tell you why you are having this after new fillings but it could be something as simple as needing an adjustment to the filling. But it could be something more serious like an abcess. ...Read more
Dental: Tiny black dot on back of tooth #5 smaller than pepper. No indentation/discomfort. Next to composite filling! Another on a molar! What's this?
Tooth pain in several teeth from just heat and x-rays came out negative. I have deep fillings on one of my teeth. Do I need a root canal?
Yes and No:
You need a root canal if one or more of your teeth have irreversible nerve inflammation, or if the tooth or teeth are dead or dying.
You don't need a root canal if the pain-causing inflammation is reversible. You may need to replace the deep filling with a sedative liner and a new filling. You may also need to do a bite adjustment.
You should probably see an endodontist for a 2nd opinion. ...Read more
5 days after two fillings and two novacaine shots I am in awful jaw and ear pain. Dentist said I don't need a root canal. Is it jaw or tooth pain?
Long time: 5 days is a long time to be in pain. Need to have ears, nose, and throat checked by your md/do as well as revisiting the dentist. Filling could be "high, " nerve of tooth could be slowly dying, could be jaw joint involvement, could be so many other things. Go back for reevaluation. ...Read more
A week ago I received a filling of a lower molar which had a 50/50 shot of needing a root canal. I have not had any pain; however, over the past two days my throat has been bothering me. Should I be worried about infection even without any tooth pain?
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