When a dentist discovers a cavity, they will usually proceed to recommend a filling. Fillings are necessary and safe, but at times can lead to tooth sensitivity and discomfort. This pain is generally normal and will resolve on its own in time. There are several reasons why someone might feel this kind of sensitivity after a filling. This article will outline what those reasons are and when it is time to contact your dentist. 

It’s normal to feel some sensitivity after a tooth filling. Those who had a large, deep cavity are more prone to feeling that sensitivity. That should start to gradually get better within a week or two after the appointment. If it’s not improving, consult your dentist. Aside from the size of the cavity, unevenness of your bite may lead to sensitivity as well. Even if it doesn’t feel like your bite is high, the smallest microscopic height can cause sensitivity and sometimes even pain. To fix that, we shave tiny layers of the filling until they line up perfectly.

What does tooth sensitivity feel like?

When a patient has a sensitive tooth, they might begin to notice certain triggers that cause a temporarily painful sensation, similar to when you bite into an ice cream cone. Here are some factors that might trigger tooth sensitivity. 

  • Cool drinks and foods, such as popsicles, or drinks that contain ice
  • Hot drinks such as hot chocolate and coffee
  • Sugary foods and hard candy
  • Acidic fruits such as citrus

Why do fillings cause sensitivity?

There is a chance that after you get your tooth filled the discomfort could be due to something that needs to be repaired. Here are some potential reasons to see the dentist about your sensitive teeth. 

Irritated nerve: Sometimes the filling procedure can aggravate and cause inflammation of the nerves inside the teeth. As the nerve heals, the sensitivity will soon cease.

Incorrect Bite Alignment: When a dentist performs a filling, they must ensure the filling lines up perfectly with all of the other teeth in the mouth. This can cause extra pressure that can potentially cause severe pain. 

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