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Is it normal to have aching jaw pain after a filling?
8 doctors weighed in

Dr. Samuel Mckenna
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
4 doctors agree
In brief: Jaw pain and filling
Some patients are predisposed to jaw pain after dental appointments.
This discomfort is likely from holding the mouth open for a prolonged period of time. The pain may come from the jaw joint (TMJ) or from the jaw muscles you may ask your dentist to periodically allow you to rest your jaw by closing during the course of the dental treatment.

In brief: Jaw pain and filling
Some patients are predisposed to jaw pain after dental appointments.
This discomfort is likely from holding the mouth open for a prolonged period of time. The pain may come from the jaw joint (TMJ) or from the jaw muscles you may ask your dentist to periodically allow you to rest your jaw by closing during the course of the dental treatment.
Dr. Samuel Mckenna
Dr. Samuel Mckenna
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Dr. Martin Hertzel
Dentistry
2 doctors agree
In brief: Sometimes
The aching could be due to slight bruising from the anesthetic, or from having your mouth opened for a prolonged period while having the filling done .
It should go away in a couple days. If the aching persists, it could be due to trauma to the nerve of the tooth from having it worked on. You also could have aching if the bite is a little high on the tooth.You should follow up with your dentist.

In brief: Sometimes
The aching could be due to slight bruising from the anesthetic, or from having your mouth opened for a prolonged period while having the filling done .
It should go away in a couple days. If the aching persists, it could be due to trauma to the nerve of the tooth from having it worked on. You also could have aching if the bite is a little high on the tooth.You should follow up with your dentist.
Dr. Martin Hertzel
Dr. Martin Hertzel
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1 doctor agrees
In brief: YES and NO
Depends on how long the pain persists after the filling had been placed.
If just a couple days, then should not be overly concerned unless your bite is off and you are striking the filling first. If it persists, go back to your dentist asap.

In brief: YES and NO
Depends on how long the pain persists after the filling had been placed.
If just a couple days, then should not be overly concerned unless your bite is off and you are striking the filling first. If it persists, go back to your dentist asap.
Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
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Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
In brief: Temporary
Yes, temporarily.
From stretch jaw, or from local anesthetic. Should promptly resolve. If not, see your dentist.

In brief: Temporary
Yes, temporarily.
From stretch jaw, or from local anesthetic. Should promptly resolve. If not, see your dentist.
Dr. Louis Gallia
Dr. Louis Gallia
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In brief: Can be
Your jaw muscles could be aching due to the prolonged opening of the mouth during the procedure; from the novocaine injection; or from the tooth itself.
Depends on how long you have been aching. If in doubt, call the dental office.

In brief: Can be
Your jaw muscles could be aching due to the prolonged opening of the mouth during the procedure; from the novocaine injection; or from the tooth itself.
Depends on how long you have been aching. If in doubt, call the dental office.
Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
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