We perform tooth fillings every day and a great number of patients are asking, do dental fillings hurt, before they move forward with treatment. The good news is that dental fillings have been designed to restore your teeth, and you should not feel pain after a successful procedure. At Top Health Dental we are committed to provide comfortable, affordable tooth fillings.
Why Should You Get A Filling?
Fillings are considered a safe dental procedure. They can restore shape and function to your teeth, and prevent cavities from getting deeper, and causing a deeper infection.
It is quite acceptable to experience a certain level of pain or discomfort after a filling but in the majority of cases this resolves in the days or weeks after your filling. There are some instances that would require you to contact your dentist immediately. If extreme pain presents with swelling, fever or redness at the site or you have a consistently bad taste in your mouth you should contact your dentist immediately.
What Can You Expect When You Have A Dental Filling?
During the dental filling procedure your dentist needs to remove the infected material inside your cavity, before he or she can fill it up. Your dentist will use a dental drill to clean the decay out, flushing out any bacteria to prevent reinfection.
Before your dentist gets to work, you will be given local anaesthetic, which is usually injected close to the tooth that needs to be filled. This is to ensure that you do not feel pain during the procedure. Your dentist will test the amount of anaesthetic you’re given too – if you can still feel sensation at the gum, you will be given a bit more.
What Will You Feel Like After A Dental Filling?
As the anaesthetic wears off you might experience a few different sensations in your face, ranging from numbness and tingling to itchiness and puffiness.
You’ll probably find it harder to speak and eat afterwards but you will be able to drive yourself home.
You will be advised not to eat or drink until the anaesthetic has worn off completely.
As the anaesthetic loses its power, you may feel some discomfort or sensitivity at the tooth that was filled.
Tooth Sensitivity After Dental Fillings
Tooth sensitivity is one of the most common side effects after tooth fillings. This is often due to nerve irritation and is more likely to occur when a cavity has reached deep into your tooth, and your dentist has had to work very close to your nerve.
If you have tooth sensitivity, you might experience a sharp, jabbing pain or shooting discomfort. Tooth sensitivity is triggered most often by
- Drinking very hot or very cold beverages
- Cold air hitting the affected tooth
- Sugary or sweet food and drink
- Food and drink that is highly acidic
Biting down on hard food can also trigger sensitivity but do check that this isn’t caused by a bite misalignment. Sometimes your dentist needs to adjust a filling when the upper and lower jaws do not fit together closely. Sometimes this can cause pain or discomfort when biting.
Do Dental Fillings Hurt?
Fillings do not hurt more than the toothache that caused them and most patients feel they have recovered in a few days after their procedure.
If you have anxiety about dental pain, you should discuss your options with your dentist. Fear of pain that delays you getting treatment just means that your cavity will get bigger and your infection will get deeper.
Untreated tooth decay ultimately ends up in tooth loss but it can cause abscesses which are extremely painful, and the sooner you can get treatment, the better you can manage the damage.
How To Manage Discomfort After Fillings
Any pain or discomfort after a tooth filling is mild and can be managed using over-the-counter medication. You can also switch to toothpaste designed to treat tooth sensitivity. Also remember to brush with a soft bristled toothbrush and to use gentle, circular movements to clean your teeth.
The best way to prevent future fillings is to ensure you maintain exceptional dental hygiene, and visit your dentist every six months. Sometimes, despite our best efforts at keeping our teeth healthy, cavities can start. Your dentist is in the best position to pick this up early if you keep up with your recall appointments.
Still have questions about tooth fillings and whether they are painful? It’s time to speak to a professional. Please contact us for a convenient appointment: (02) 8776 3232.