10 doctors weighed in:
Do fillings for cavities transmit heat or cold and make your teeth sensitive to temperature?
10 doctors weighed in

Dr. LEONARD FAZIO
Dentistry
4 doctors agree
In brief: Depends
Metal fillings transmit temperatures better than non-metal fillings.
Also the deeper the cavity is, the more sensitive the tooth can become after treatment.

In brief: Depends
Metal fillings transmit temperatures better than non-metal fillings.
Also the deeper the cavity is, the more sensitive the tooth can become after treatment.
Dr. LEONARD FAZIO
Dr. LEONARD FAZIO
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Dr. Christine Fox
If a patient has just cold sensitivity after a filling, that's considered a relatively normal post-operative symptom that should subside over the course of days to weeks. If senstivity to hot things is an issue and becomes worse over time, then there could be something else causing the discomfort. So, if you have sensitivity to hot, after a filling, that gets worse, then make sure you go back to see your dentist.
Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry
In brief: Sometimes
Teeth are supposed to be somewhat sensitive to temperature changes since they have a nerve that is designed to protect them. A tooth usually becomes more sensitive just from the drilling of the tooth required as part of the filling process.
The degree of sensitivity is proportional to the depth & size of the filling. Amalgam fillings transmit temp. Changes more. See dds if it's a problem.

In brief: Sometimes
Teeth are supposed to be somewhat sensitive to temperature changes since they have a nerve that is designed to protect them. A tooth usually becomes more sensitive just from the drilling of the tooth required as part of the filling process.
The degree of sensitivity is proportional to the depth & size of the filling. Amalgam fillings transmit temp. Changes more. See dds if it's a problem.
Dr. Gary Sandler
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In brief: Solve Problem
If this is happening after a few days of a new filling, then something needs to be addressed by the dentist.

In brief: Solve Problem
If this is happening after a few days of a new filling, then something needs to be addressed by the dentist.
Dr. Douglas Tavenner
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Dr. John Thaler
Dentistry - Prosthodontics
In brief: Yes
Yes, especially metal ones like amalgam. The composite fillings are less temperature transmitting.

In brief: Yes
Yes, especially metal ones like amalgam. The composite fillings are less temperature transmitting.
Dr. John Thaler
Dr. John Thaler
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In brief: Yes and no.
With root canal, the nerve is destroyed and the tooth becomes insensitive.
Regular fillings do transmit changes in temperature faster, but the difference is less than a second, so the teeth won't be noticeably more sensitive.

In brief: Yes and no.
With root canal, the nerve is destroyed and the tooth becomes insensitive.
Regular fillings do transmit changes in temperature faster, but the difference is less than a second, so the teeth won't be noticeably more sensitive.
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
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