Once you have a filling placed in your mouth, your tooth is bound to fill at least somewhat sensitive. You'll especially notice this when you're eating foods that are too hot or too cold and when you're putting pressure on the tooth that was recently filled by biting down on it.
How Your Tooth Becomes Painful After a Filling
There are three main reasons for this pain. First, your tooth is sensitive because it's just been worked on. Secondly, if the filling wasn't properly done, it may crack and become painful after being inserted in your mouth for only a short while. Thirdly, and something that's quite rare: You may be allergic to the filling itself. This allergic reaction comes when your body is rejecting the material that we have used for the filling (e.g. silver).
How to Treat a Sore Tooth After a Filling
The best way to deal with this pain is to simply take some over the counter medication like acetaminophen or ibuprofen. You should also pay attention to the types of food you're eating. You'll want to avoid anything that's sticky, hard, or chewy – sometimes for as long as up to two weeks.
Sometimes it's also necessary to avoid hot or cold food and drinks too. Regardless of what food you choose to eat, make sure you wait for at least a little while after you get the filling (until the local anesthetic wears off) so you don't accidentally bite your cheek, tongue, or lips.
How Long the Pain may Last The good news is that the sensitivity will go away eventually – usually in about 2 – 4 weeks. However, if you still want to know more about why your tooth hurts after you got a filling, call our office so we can speak with you today.