Why do I experience pain and discomfort after a dental filling is placed?
Drs. Dean and Renee Glasser of Implant and General Dentistry of Long Island in Melville, NY, work with patients to help restore their smiles after problems arise. In many cases, areas of decay are treated with fillings. Even though the procedure itself is comfortable, thanks to local anesthetics and sedation, some patients may still deal with discomfort after having dental fillings placed. Let's learn what causes this pain and how to manage it effectively.
What is tooth sensitivity and what are the symptoms?
Tooth sensitivity is a common problem which can be caused by a number of things. It can be temporary or chronic, and it can range from mild to severe. Sensitive teeth can be very painful and make eating and drinking difficult. There are a few different ways to treat tooth sensitivity, and your dentist can help you find the best option for you.
There are two primary types of tooth sensitivity: thermal sensitivity and tactile sensitivity. Thermal sensitivity is when your teeth react to hot or cold temperatures. This may be caused by anything from eating ice cream to drinking hot coffee. Tactical sensitivity is when your teeth are sensitive to touch, pressure, or vibration. This can make brushing and flossing very painful.
Patients with sensitive teeth may be more likely to experience discomfort after they have a filling, as everyone's pain tolerance levels are different.
How pressure impacts discomfort after a dental filling
The amount of biting pressure that is put on your teeth during a dental filling can also impact how much discomfort you feel afterward. It is critical that you talk to Drs. Dean and Renee Glasser about your pain tolerance levels before having any dental work done so they can perform the procedure in a way that reduces potential discomfort following treatment.
Ways to address tooth sensitivity that can lead to pain after a dental filling is placed
Drs. Dean and Renee Glasser may recommend a desensitizing toothpaste, which can help to reduce the pain and sensitivity of your teeth. There are also a number of other treatments that your dental team can recommend, depending on the cause of your tooth sensitivity.
Learn more about dental fillings
If you are scheduled for a dental filling to treat an area of tooth decay, talk to your dentist about your unique needs. Drs. Dean and Renee Glasser want to ensure everyone has a positive, comfortable experience at the dental office. Call 631-423-6767 today to connect with our Melville, NY, area practice.