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Post-Filling Pain: What’s Normal, What’s Not

added on: December 28, 2021
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Cavities are one of the most common dental issues your dentist in Mill Creek treats every day, especially for patients with a bit of a sweet tooth. Fortunately, fillings today are more convenient, comfortable, and affordable than ever. However, sometimes there’s a little sensitivity post-filling treatment. While the discomfort is generally very mild, we understand that it may concern you. Let’s look at why jaw or teeth pain after a dental filling occurs, and what you can do about it.

Why Am I in Pain?

Post-filling pain can be tricky to predict because every patient and every smile is different. Some people are more prone to pain post-treatment because of the following reasons:

  • Increased tooth sensitivity
  • Suffering from gingivitis or gum disease
  • Having a tooth infection that is left untreated
  • Having teeth that are too crowded

Even if none of these apply to you and your oral health, there’s a chance that you might still feel pain after your filling is complete.

It’s All About Pressure

Most cavities are not painful, and patients don’t experience any discomfort during and following their filling procedure with their Mill Creek dentist. However, if any discomfort does occur, you’d probably wonder why. It turns out the answer to this question is simple — it’s pressure. After your filling is permanently in place, the piece of your tooth that was damaged by bacteria is now filled in, adding new pressure to the area. This can change how air and saliva move across your tooth, causing sensitivity.

How to Address Pain and Discomfort

Post-filling pain is generally nonexistent or mild for most patients. However, if you experience pain, there are some things you can do to help you feel better after your dental treatment. You can try over-the-counter pain medications; just be sure to follow the recommended dosage directions and instructions. Try applying a cold compress on your cheek or jaw to minimize pain. You might also want to avoid certain hot and cold foods for a few days to give your mouth time to heal.

If you have questions about what you’ve read here or need to speak to someone about your dental health dilemmas, including cavities, please schedule a consultation today at our dental office in Mill Creek. We have the training, tools, and technology to help heal your smile and give you back the confidence to live life with a great grin.


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