Most people experience cavities at least once in their lifetime. The most common practice of dealing with a cavity is a dental filling.
It’s a simple procedure with minimal drilling that serves to restore the normal function of the tooth. Fillings are created then inserted into the cavity to cover it up and prevent spread and infection. After the filling is done, healing takes place in a matter of days with the teeth regaining their normal function in no time.
Is Pain A Feature Of Fillings?
There is the occasional pain that is experienced after a tooth filling. This is because it was drilled after all. When the numbing agent wears off, the tooth may experience slight pain as well as tenderness. This is mitigated by taking pain medications along with ice packs applied to the jaw.
This procedure-associated pain is expected to keep receding day after day with complete healing due in two to three days at most. There may be variations from individual to individual.
Why Would A Filling Be Painful?
The first reason why a filling would be painful is if the process was not done correctly. This is a rare but plausible reason. An error during the filling can present as pain post-operatively. The other reason why there may be a pain is that the filling material is rejected by your body. This is more common with resin fillings which tend to cause a hypersensitivity reaction.
The other reason why a filling may be painful is if the filling material is sitting too deep in the root socket occluding the nerves in it. This may then be perceived as pain. You may experience pain when eating, brushing your teeth or even when at rest. Do not try over-the-counter medication to manage the pain. Call us immediately for an urgent check-up!