Saturday, May 15, 2010

Teeth hurt after fillings?

I had 4 fillings done yesterday morning in the upper left quadrant of my mouth. Today, the teeth are very painful and I can't eat on them - it hurts even if they just bump the teeth below them.

How long will this pain last for? I know it's normal to have some sensitivity and pain after fillings, but how much pain is considered "normal"? And is there anything I can do to ease the pain just now?

Any advice will be appreciated as I have a lot more fillings to get done over the next few weeks and want to make it as simple and pain free as I possibly can!

Teeth hurt after fillings?
You should only have sensativity to hot and cold at worst. If it's ongoing lingering pain then the fillings may have pushed the nerve over the edge.

Sharp sensativity to cold is a unique and common symptom of new amalgam fillings. If you nurse the tooth by keeping cold foods away from them, that can help you avoid pain. If the pulp is still healthy it will begin to lay down a repairitive layer to help draw back from the filling, thus diminishing the cold sensativity over the long term.

The process of the tooth dying:

Ongoing lingering pain which is dull and spontaneous is a sign of the pulp dying. This type of pain goes on for a few weeks and intensifies, eventually it cresciendos and you will wake up pain free. The pulp is dead. After this point it's a matter of time before infection sets in. the dead and necrosing pulp provides a perfect breeding ground for infection and the next thing you know its time for a root canal or bite the gun(badger with a) and have the tooth pulled.
Reply:I'm not an expert, but from my own personal experience, the pain lasted a few days and I took tylenol to relieve it, also, I chewed only on the other side for a few days. If it's horrible, you can call your dentist and ask for advice or see what he/she thinks.
Reply:You might want to make sure that your new fillings have not changed you bite.

You know they usually have you bite down on a piece of colored paper and then the grind down the filling so its not hitting,Have them check when you are SITTING UP, so your bite is more normal.

Some time there is a little sensitivity but I would call your dentist if its hurting when you bite down.

You can also try using " sensodine " toothpaste if they have become sensitive to temps.
Reply:teeth shouldnt hurt after 3-5 days after fillings, in case they hurt after that, that means either:

1. a bad dentist operated for you

2. you miss use your teeth in mastication, brushing, diet..

even if the fillings are endo, they shouldnt hurt, if they do, the science of dentistry would be a failure
Reply:Ouch, poor you! Sounds like you're in for a horrible few weeks getting all those cavities filled, but hopefully once they're all done you'll be able to take better care of your teeth and avoid more cavities in the future! As far as sensitivity after fillings goes, I think it can last up to a week, but it should definitely be getting better over that time, not worse.......It sounds like you're in a lot of pain though, it's never been that bad for me in the past. Were any of the fillings really deep? That might make it hurt more I guess. Warm salt water mouth rinsing might help a bit with the pain, that's what I did after my last filling and it seemed to make it a bit better. Hope you feel better soon.
Reply:If the pain is keeping you up at night, you should contact your dentist. I know you don't want to hear this but you may need a root canal or much simpler then that... your bite might be slightly off. It is always a good idea to check with your dentist first. good luck
Reply:i had one filling done a while ago and my teeth hurt for like a couple weeks. i'm not trying to freak you out or anything, but that was my experience. i had four done when i was little, but i dont' remember that. i hope it goes away soon. it IS normal though, so don't worry about that.
Reply:one of three things:

First: post operative sensitivity. always happens and goes away.

Second:probably the lesion was too deep in one or some of the teeth, which might be the pulp tissue (nerve), that needs attention.

Third: probably one of the fillings is too high.

Advise: call your dentist asap

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