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Do Fillings Eliminate Tooth Pain?

Posted on 9/7/2020 by Dr. Todd Rogers
Do Fillings Eliminate Tooth Pain?People who come into our office sometimes state their tooth still hurts after it has been filled. A filling is meant to fill a cavity and therefore most people expect it will also alleviate pain. However, sometimes a tooth will still throb after it is filled. The following information details why a tooth with a filling may hurt and what you can do about it.

Why Does a Tooth Recently Filled Hurt?

The idea of getting a filling is to reduce the pain of decay or a cavity. Therefore, you may wonder why you are still feeling pain after a tooth is filled. This, indeed, can be frustrating. However, most times the pain is temporary, as it is merely caused by the repair. The pain usually subsides in a day or so. If you are still feeling pain after this time, it usually is because the tooth needs more attention or the dentist needs to adjust the restoration. For instance, a high filling may cause a malocclusion because the teeth do not fit together as they should.

How to Handle Filling Pain

If you notice the pain has not subsided after about a week, you will need to schedule a dental appointment. If the filling is too high, we will file down the filling so you can bite down more easily. Should you have an inflamed nerve or pulp, we will usually suggest a root canal. If a root canal is not an option, we will replace the filled tooth with a bridge or implant. Normally, we recommend an implant, as it offers a more permanent solution.

Do you have a filled tooth that is causing your pain? If so, you should contact our office as soon as possible. The sooner you address the problem, the sooner you can chew or bite down, and enjoy your favorite foods again. Give us a call today and schedule an appointment.

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