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What You Need to Know About Post-Filling Pain

added on: December 28, 2021

woman with tooth painAs your trusted El Paso dentist, we never want you to be in pain or dental discomfort, especially when it comes to cavities. They are by far the most common problem we see at our office and generally rely on natural-looking fillings to help get your teeth healthy again. However, as all patients are different, some people are more prone to pain or sensitivity following having a filling.

Common Reasons for Filling Pain

There are some reasons why a patient might have some discomfort after a dental treatment that can include:

  • Increased tooth sensitivity
  • Suffering from gingivitis or gum disease
  • Having a tooth infection that is left untreated
  • Having teeth that are too crowded

Even if none of these apply to you and your oral health, there’s a chance you might still feel a little pain after your filling is complete, and that is totally normal. If you’re at all concerned about how you’re feeling, you can always reach out to your El Paso dentist for some assistance.

Fillings and Feeling the Pressure

There’s a pretty simple reason why you might have pain after you get a tooth filled due to a cavity, and its pressure. After your filling is permanently in place, the piece of your tooth that was damaged by bacteria is now filled in, adding new pressure to the area. This can change how air and saliva move across your tooth, causing sensitivity.

Taking on Tooth Sensitivity

Tooth sensitivity, especially following dental work, can be annoying. Here are some things you can try at home to help relieve your sensitivity:

  • Try pain relievers such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen
  • Topical numbing ointment designed for the mouth
  • A toothbrush labeled for sensitive teeth
  • Brush with gentle, circular strokes on the teeth and gums
  • Floss once a day, taking care to be gentle on the gums and teeth
  • Take note of which foods or drinks cause sensitivity and avoid them if possible

You’ll also want to avoid whitening toothpaste and other similar products because they can make your sensitive teeth even worse.

The right thing to do if you’re experiencing any pain, discomfort, or sensitivity is to schedule a visit right away at our El Paso dental office as soon as possible. We can help you feel better and determine what’s causing your issues so we can get to the root of your problems or pain.


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