Author: Dr Behnam Aminnejad. Posted: 20.11.23
Understanding Tooth Sensitivity After a Dental Filling
Common Reasons for Tooth Sensitivity After a Filling
Experiencing tooth sensitivity after a dental filling is not uncommon, and it can be attributed to several factors:
Nerve Irritation: During the dental filling procedure, the dentist removes decayed or damaged parts of the tooth, potentially causing irritation to the tooth's nerves.
Nerve Recovery: If the decay or damage was close to the nerve, it may take some time for the nerve to heal and recover from the irritation caused during the dental work.
Hot and Cold Sensitivity: The materials used in dental fillings can conduct temperature, leading to increased sensitivity to hot or cold foods and beverages, which is typically temporary.
Pressure Sensitivity: Immediate sensitivity to biting or pressure may occur due to changes in the tooth's structure, but it should improve with time.
Fillings Near the Nerve: Deep or close fillings may cause prolonged or intense sensitivity, potentially indicating a need for further treatment, such as a root canal.
Mismatched Bite: Changes in your bite caused by the filling can result in sensitivity, and your dentist can adjust the filling to address this issue.
Managing and Alleviating Sensitivity
It's crucial to note that post-filling sensitivity is usually temporary. To manage and alleviate sensitivity, consider the following steps:
- Avoid very hot or very cold foods and drinks.
- Use a toothpaste designed for sensitive teeth.
- Maintain good oral hygiene practices, including gentle brushing and flossing.
When to Seek Professional Help
If your sensitivity persists or worsens over time, or if you experience severe pain, it's essential to contact your dentist. Prolonged or severe sensitivity could indicate an underlying issue that needs further evaluation and treatment. Your dentist will assess your situation and determine the appropriate course of action to address the sensitivity.
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