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How do I prevent tooth pain after getting a composite filling?

How do I prevent tooth pain after getting a composite filling?

How long?: If your tooth is painful more then a day or two after a composite filling it is best to see the dentist who did it to evaluate the bite and see if the nerve has been affected. ...Read more

Dr. Theodore Davantzis
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Tooth Pain (Definition)

Just what it says. Pain may be localized or diffuse, sharp or dull, aching or throbbing. May be from a host of different causes, the most common being infection. It requires immediate treatment, pain indicates the cause has significantly progressed. Please ...Read more


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What can I do to treat tooth pain after getting composite filling into cavities?

What can I do to treat tooth pain after getting composite filling into cavities?

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

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What can I do for a toothache after composite filling?

What can I do for a toothache after composite filling?

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

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Can a composite filling in my tooth fall out?

Yes: If it cracks, any restoration can appear to, "fall out." a filling can crack because a new cavity under the filling weakens it, leaving it unsupported. If it is a new filling, and it feels a bit too tall, it can crack. ...Read more

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Tooth is pressure sensitive after composite filling, should I be concerned?

Tooth is pressure sensitive after composite filling, should I be concerned?

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

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My dentist put a composite filling in my tooth the same day I felt chemical reaction with an old silver spoon?

My dentist put a composite filling in my tooth the same day I felt chemical reaction with an old silver spoon?

Wrong: The silver spoon would have electric reaction only with old silver, not composite filling material. Whatever, it probably will go away by itself or you must return to have the dentist check the filling and see that none of the material came out. ...Read more

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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 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?

See an endodontist: I would suggest for you to seek an endodontic evaluation by an endodontist (root canal specialist). The endodontist would be able to evaluate the tooth properly and inform you of the cause of discomfort and recommend the treatment of choice. ...Read more

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How do I take care of a composite filling in front tooth?

Clean it normally: A compositie filling needs no special care beyond what you would ordinarily do for your natural teeth. If it's near the biting edge of your tooth then be careful how hard you bite on it. You can chip a composite filling. ...Read more

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Tooth pain months after filling. What should I do?

Tooth pain months after filling. What should I do?

See your dentist: It seems like you need a root canal, you should contact your dentist before you develop an abcess. ...Read more

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What is causing my tooth pain after getting a filling?

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What is causing my tooth pain after getting a filling?

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

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Tooth hurts after composite filling, how long does the pain last?

Tooth hurts after composite filling, how long does the pain last?

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

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Why am I getting a sharp pain in tooth with a composite filling?

Why am I getting a sharp pain in tooth with a composite filling?

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

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Got filling yesterday and tooth pain radiating to head and shoulder. Why?

Got filling yesterday and tooth pain radiating to head and shoulder. Why?

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

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Tooth pain months after a filling, can't see dentist until later. What can I do in the meantime?

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

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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?

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

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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?

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

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What can I do about jaw and tooth pain after filling?

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

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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

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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

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

Multiple: Multiple possibilities. While other emphasize a dental abscess (which is possible) it could be something as simple as having chewed your cheek while numb. Start first with a call to your dentist for a follow up visit. ...Read more

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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

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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)

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

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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?

Hard to say...: Stain, cavity, leaking margin, who knows? A visit to your dentist will answer your question and give you the opportunity to have it treated. ...Read more

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Is the failure of composite filling usually due to under jaw pressure or from tooth decay?

Is the failure of composite filling usually due to under jaw pressure or from tooth decay?

Composite failure: The failure in the first 3-5 years is a restoration issue (e.g. technique or bonding material selection) and after that time period from secondary decay. ...Read more

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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?

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

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Is it possible to get severe headaches and severe ear pain from tooth pain? Had 4 fillings done

Is it possible to get severe headaches and severe ear pain from tooth pain? Had 4 fillings done

Very common: Tooth pain can lead a variety of symptoms including severe headaches, ear pain, dizziness, and more. See your dentist for evaluation, x-rays and treatment. ...Read more

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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

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I just had my two front teeth crowned and the other two front teeth were treated with composite filling. My question is, is it ok for me to do scaling?

I just had my two front teeth crowned and the other two front teeth were treated with composite filling. My question is, is it ok for me to do scaling?

Yes: You can have your teeth scaled if needed. The best things that you can do is to follow the home care program that your dentist has recommended for you. This will increase the life of your crowns. ...Read more

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


Dr. John Sutherland
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Composite Filling (Definition)

Composite filling refers to tooth colored filling materials, they are bonded to your teeth. They are ...Read more