Filling a cavity is a basic dental treatment that is relatively pain-free; however, some patients may experience discomfort after a filling. One reason for this is the patient’s bite may be a high. This means that the restoration or the filling on the tooth is placed higher than where the patient’s tooth was originally. After a few days of biting on a high occlusion or a high bite, teeth will become sensitive to temperature changes (hot or cold) and to biting pressure. To fix this problem, we use an articulating paper to mark the high spot and we adjust that area on the tooth accordingly. We also advise our patients to take ibuprofen every six hours for the next 2-3 days until the soreness resolves.
Another cause for post-treatment sensitivity is the use of nightguard or Invisalign aligners that’s not fitted to the new restoration. We highly recommend to our patients to bring their nightguard and Invisalign liners to their appointment to ensure their new filling is fitted well and discomfort is prevented.
Cavities come in all sizes. Some are incipient, which means they’re small, but some are gross, which means they’re big and close to the pulp, the tooth’s nerve. The one’s that are big and close to the nerve might cause some sensitivity after a filling because the pulp may have been stimulated during the treatment. This discomfort should improve and eventually disappear in a few weeks. However, if the sensitivity is getting worse and not feeling any better, the filling might need to be replaced.
Tooth sensitivity is preventable and easily fixed. If you’re experiencing any discomfort, call us now so we can schedule an appointment to address this issue!