If your tooth has been afflicted with decay, the small holes may need filling up. During the cavity filling procedure, the holes are filled with a substance e.g. composite or amalgam. While this is a simple procedure, you may have to endure sensitive teeth afterward. The tooth sensitivity may last for a few days or take longer depending on the root of the problem.
Before embarking on the filling procedure, the dentist will numb the region around the afflicted tooth. Even two hours after the treatment, you won’t be able to feel a thing. When the anesthesia wears off however, you may begin to feel some abnormal sensations in the mouth. These include:
There are several contributing factors to tooth sensitivity:
Before the dentist fills your cavity, they use a drill to remove the part of the tooth that is decayed. This tool releases heat. On rare occasions, the heat ma inflame the pulp. The pulp is the soft part of your tooth located at the center. When this connective tissue is inflamed, pulpitis results. Failure of the dentist to remove the whole of the decaying tooth may also give rise to an infection of the pulp. If it gets to this point, your gums may swell or you may notice an abscess.
Pulpitis is categorized into two: reversible and irreversible pulpitis. When you have reversible pulpitis, your teeth will be sensitive but with time, the pulp heals. Irreversible pulpitis on the other hand is a condition where your pulp doesn’t heal and so our tooth requires a root canal procedure.
Changes in the Bite
It is common for fillings to make a tooth taller than the others. This makes closing your mouth painful as extra pressure is exerted on the filled tooth. Biting down can even cause the filling to crack. Report any changes in bite to your dentist.
Different Tooth Surfaces
Pain or sensitivity may arise from having multiple surfaces in the mouth. For instance, one of your teeth may have a silver crown while another below or above it may have a gold filling. Upon contact, you may feel an unusual sensation.
After undergoing the tooth filling procedure, you may feel a painful sensation in the teeth that surround the filled one. This is a result of referred pain, a phenomenon that involves experiencing pain in other areas other than the point of pain.
You are likely to experience increased tooth sensitivity if you are allergic to the filling material. Itching and rashes are also common. If you suspect you are allergic to the filler, call your dentist. The procedure can be redone using another material.
Tooth sensitivity can be reduced by:
Sometimes, the tooth filling procedure may not be the cause of tooth sensitivity. Several other factors may cause this condition:
This is an infection of the tooth nerve. It results from deep cavities, cracked tooth or gum disease. Here are the symptoms of this infection:
Broken or Loose Older Fillings
While dental fillings can last years, they may become loose or break over the years. When this happens, you may experience sensitivity. Even if you feel no discomfort, it is wise to get our fillings replaced to avoid any further damage to your tooth.
Tooth sensitivity can also stem from periodontal disease. This is so because gum disease causes gum recession. Consequently, the part of your tooth at the root is exposed increasing sensitivity. Here are the other symptoms of gum disease to look out for:
At Kids Dental, we understand that tooth decay may take its toll on you. That is why we offer dental fillings among other services in a warm homey environment. Tooth sensitivity is common after the filling procedure and if symptoms persist, come visit our pediatric dentist near you in Roanoke, VA 24018.