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Dental Fillings

After dental fillings, my tooth is rather sensitive, is this normal?

fillingsFor large fillings / fillings which are very deep (near to nerve), there can be some inflammation in the tooth making it more sensitive to contact.

Sensitivity can also be due to a high spot on the filling that needs adjusting or maybe the nerve is degenerating due to the close proximity of the cavity resulting in irreversible pulpitis.

Sometimes it’s just a reaction of the nerve to the work that was done around it.

New fillings can be sensitive to hot and cold liquids and other foods for the first four to six weeks after, which the sensitivity usually decreases. This is especially when the  filling is very large or deep (near the nerve). During the initial healing stages, you may take a painkiller. If the sensitivity continues for an extended period of time or if the discomfort is extreme, call your dentist so that he/she can evaluate the situation and prescribe an appropriate therapy.

Will my tooth hurt if there is decay? What are the consequences of unchecked decay? And why does it not hurt sometimes?

Typical symptoms of tooth decay (cavities) include

  • pain when chewing
  • sensitivity to hot or cold food
  • bleeding around the tooth or gums
  • swelling around the tooth.

When the tooth has an infection, it means that the nerve of the tooth (the pulp) is inflamed, usually as a result of dental decay. Inflammation is the body’s natural response to infection or injury.

Initially, this produces a short sharp pain brought on by hot, cold, or sweet foods and drinks; at this stage it is still reversible.

However, if left untreated, the inflammation progresses and become irreversible and you may experience a throbbing pain of increasing severity. The pain usually lasts several minutes and can also occur spontaneously, particularly at night.

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