Users' questions

Why are my fillings suddenly sensitive?

Why are my fillings suddenly sensitive?

There is a slight chance that an infection has erupted after the filling, causing the discomfort and throbbing pain. Damage to the teeth or the filling may expose nerves and sensitive tissues inside the tooth, triggering tooth sensitivity if exposed to hot or cold beverages.

Is it normal for a new tooth filling to be sensitive?

Tooth sensitivity: A tooth that has just had a filling placed will be more sensitive to hot foods and cold foods, air temperature, and the pressure of biting. This type of tooth pain after filling a cavity should resolve within a few weeks. If not, contact your dentist.

How do you fix sensitive fillings?

You can help to reduce sensitivity by:

  1. taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin)
  2. temporarily avoiding hot or cold foods and drinks.
  3. temporarily avoiding acidic foods and drinks, such as citrus fruits, wine, and yogurt.
  4. gently brushing and flossing.
  5. using a desensitizing toothpaste.

How do you fix dental hypersensitivity?

Depending on the circumstances, your dentist might recommend:

  1. Desensitizing toothpaste. After several applications, desensitizing toothpaste can sometimes help block pain associated with sensitive teeth.
  2. Fluoride.
  3. Desensitizing or bonding.
  4. Surgical gum graft.
  5. Root canal.

What causes a tooth to be sensitive after a filling?

Why do fillings cause tooth sensitivity? 1 An irritated nerve. The nerve inside the tooth may take a few days to heal. 2 Incorrect bite alignment. A dentist must ensure that the filling lines up with the other teeth in the mouth. 3 Pulpitis. Pulpitis is inflammation of the pulp deep within the tooth. It can cause tooth sensitivity and pain.

Why is my tooth sensitive to my finger?

Tooth sensitivity, or dentin hypersensitivity, happens when gums recede from the tooth, when enamel wears away or when fillings become cracked, broken or missing to expose the irritable dentin underneath.

Can a deep tooth filling cause nerve irritation?

Usually, the tooth’s outer layers — the enamel and cementum — protect the nerve from exposure. But fillings, especially deep ones, can get close to the nerve endings and cause irritation and uncomfortable sensations. As the nerve heals, the sensitivity will go away.

When to talk to your dentist about tooth sensitivity?

If the sensitivity continues beyond a few weeks and you’re concerned, or the problem gets worse instead of getting better over time, you’ll need to talk to your dentist. It could be that there’s a problem with the filling and the dentist will need to make a repair.