You go to the dentist to get relief from pain, but you’re experiencing even more after having your cavity filled! The good news is- most of the time this pain is normal and will go away after a few days. However, knowing what kind of pain is normal can help you know whether you should wait it out or head right back to the dentist’s chair.
Soreness of your mouth is very common after having a cavity filled, especially around the area of the affected tooth. It is also common to experience jaw pain. This happens because you’ve had to hold your jaw open for an extended period of time while the dentist works their magic. Sensitivity is also a common side-effect of having a cavity filled. Normal pain caused by a filling should disappear within a few days. If it lasts longer, you should contact your dentist.
Pain when biting down isn’t a typical side-effect from having a cavity filled. However, it can be caused by the cavity filling. This happens when the filling is too high, giving you an abnormal bite. It can be difficult to determine if the bite is abnormal in the office, because the mouth has been numbed. Your dentist can remedy this by simply drilling the excess filling away. Pain when biting down can also be caused by a cracked tooth or filling. Sharp, pulsing pain typically indicates more serious problems with your oral health, so you should always contact your dentist when experiencing these symptoms.
Cavity fillings aren’t fun, but they are necessary to protect your health. There are several ways that you can reduce pain after dental procedures. Ensure that you brush your teeth gently and avoid aggravating the area. Avoid extremely hot or cold foods following a dental procedure. Use a toothpaste designed specifically for sensitive teeth. To learn more about what to expect when having a cavity filled, contact us at Mills River Family Dental today!