A filling is intended to protect your tooth against future damage, and the end result should be pain reduction, not more pain. However, there are a few post-filling problems that you might experience, so you need to know what to do about them.
Changes in the Way Your Tooth Feels When You Bite
Does something feel off when you bite down now that you have a filling? The filling could be too high, although you might not be able to tell until your anesthetic wears off. If you experience this problem, be sure to contact your dentist.
A Sharp Pain When You Bite Down
Do you experience a sharp pain when you bite down, similar to being shocked? This is an uncommon reaction that can occur when amalgam contacts a gold crown. While it should subside with time, you should contact your dentist if you are concerned.
Tooth pain after a filling is a common problem, especially if it feels more painful deep in the filling and close to the nerve. Your dentist should warn you if this is expected to be a problem.
As long as the pain subside within a week or so, it shouldn't be anything that you need to concern yourself with. However, if it continues after a few weeks, you may need to have your tooth re-examined to see if a different filling option is a better choice.
A Jagged Edge After you get home, should you notice that your filling has a jagged edge that is rubbing against your cheek or tongue, you should contact your dentist in order to get these edges smoothed. While the filling may look perfectly smooth after your appointment, your mouth will be more sensitive to these jagged edges.
The bottom line is this - if you experience anything unusual with your fillings, please contact us. You don't have to live with pain or discomfort.