Common Problems with Fillings and How to Fix Them

Posted on 8/10/2016 by Brandon Cooley
A woman about to have her dental filling repaired.Ideally, once you get a dental filling you can go about your normal daily activities, treating it as if it were a part of your natural tooth.

A normal filling should not ever do anything to remind you of its presence; it should perform and feel exactly the same as your tooth.

But sometimes problems do arise, and they may indicate a serious issue. Here are some common problems, and some things that may be necessary to address them.

Sensitivity. Sometimes a tooth with a filling may be particularly sensitive to extreme heat or cold, exposure to air, or sugary foods. The good news is that this condition is usually not indicative of anything serious and the pain should resolve itself without any need for extensive treatment.

If it continues for more than a few weeks, you should visit your dental health professional so he or she can take a look and rule out any serious conditions.

Pain when biting down. If you are having pain when you bite down-especially if this pain starts soon after you receive the filling-it may be a sign that the filling is not properly fitted and is interfering with your bite. Your dentist will need to reshape the filling and rule out any other potential issues which could be causing the same problem.

Pain in other teeth. If you recently had a filling put in and you are now experiencing pain in other teeth, this is most likely what is called "referred pain." Simply put, the tooth with the filling is sending out some pain signals that are actually picked up by the other teeth. This condition is not serious and should resolve itself within a few weeks.

Most minor tooth pain, especially in the first few weeks after a filling, is not an indication of anything serious. Still, you should contact our office if it persists for very long in order to rule out any serious problems.

As a patient, three things stand out to me about Cooley Smiles - the great quality dental work, the cleanliness of the facility and thorough follow up. These are major differentiators that I look for in dental providers and to-date, I've always been satisfied with my experience. Thanks for the great patient care, Cooley Smiles team!

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