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I had a composite filling redone but it still hurts. What should I do?

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In brief: See your dentist

One of the most common reasons for discomfort following the placement of a new filling is the height of the filling.
Often all it takes is a small adjustment to make the discomfort go away. Other reasons may be nerve irritation due to overexposure to the acid etchant used in the procedure, deep cavity, gaps in the filling, or just transient sensitivity which will go away in time.

In brief: See your dentist

One of the most common reasons for discomfort following the placement of a new filling is the height of the filling.
Often all it takes is a small adjustment to make the discomfort go away. Other reasons may be nerve irritation due to overexposure to the acid etchant used in the procedure, deep cavity, gaps in the filling, or just transient sensitivity which will go away in time.
Dr. Yigal Prilutsky
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Dr. Thomas Heston
This happened to me once, and was fixed with a simple adjustment to the height of the filling. I was pleasantly surprised!
Dr. Yigal Prilutsky
Thank you, Dr. Heston, for sharing your experience. Often we cannot have a precise assessment of the bite while the patient is numb and find that the filling is ever so slightly high once the anesthetic wears off. In deed, the solution can be quick, painless, and make all the difference.
Dr. Peter Flaherty
Dentistry - Cosmetic
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In brief: Wait

Wait a few days. If you symptoms still persist more than a few days see your dentist for an evaluation.
It maybe the bite is off.

In brief: Wait

Wait a few days. If you symptoms still persist more than a few days see your dentist for an evaluation.
It maybe the bite is off.
Dr. Peter Flaherty
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Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Normal? Likely

This may\may not be normal and may subside in 1 day, two days, or longer. The full answer if far beyond the scope of this type of forum. It is not uncommon to have some post operative discomfort or sensitivity following a new filling.
Basically if it's not too bad, wait it out a few days. If it gets worse or doesn't go away within that time frame, call your dentist and ask what he\she suggests.

In brief: Normal? Likely

This may\may not be normal and may subside in 1 day, two days, or longer. The full answer if far beyond the scope of this type of forum. It is not uncommon to have some post operative discomfort or sensitivity following a new filling.
Basically if it's not too bad, wait it out a few days. If it gets worse or doesn't go away within that time frame, call your dentist and ask what he\she suggests.
Dr. Gary Sandler
Dr. Gary Sandler
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Dr. Alex Shvartsman
Dentistry - Cosmetic
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Wait or see DDS

Wait a few days if it does not get better go back to your dentist or find anew one.

In brief: Wait or see DDS

Wait a few days if it does not get better go back to your dentist or find anew one.
Dr. Alex Shvartsman
Dr. Alex Shvartsman
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Dr. Jatin Shah
Better talk to your dentist,may be some time high point , there may the cause like existing deep decay ,possible need root canal treatment
1 doctor agrees

In brief: See dentist for exam

This problem is complicated.
Oftentimes, smallest fillings can result in painful tooth. Bonding of filling requires careful attention to detail, and sometimes pain ensues. Different bonding approach can help sometimes (hard to explain). Ask you dentist about "self-etching bonding agents". Alternatively, the tooth nerve may actually be infected and require root canal therapy.

In brief: See dentist for exam

This problem is complicated.
Oftentimes, smallest fillings can result in painful tooth. Bonding of filling requires careful attention to detail, and sometimes pain ensues. Different bonding approach can help sometimes (hard to explain). Ask you dentist about "self-etching bonding agents". Alternatively, the tooth nerve may actually be infected and require root canal therapy.
Dr. Robert Rosenfeld
Dr. Robert Rosenfeld
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