Pain from filling


 What should I do if my teeth hurt after a filling?

If you are still numb, nothing will feel right. Waite until the numbness has gone away before doing a critical evaluation of how your teeth fit together. (The reason your teeth don't come together may be your tongue is between your teeth.)

Let things settle down for 48 hours. Your brain will adjust to some changes in your bite very easily. If it still feels out of place after the 48 hours, please return to my office so we can adjust your bite. If you wait two weeks there can be significant damage to the tooth and surrounding structures. If it hurts every time you bite down, something is off.

The most likely reason a filling will hurt after placement, is they are too tall and are striking together prematurely. The old silver-amalgam fillings did not get their full set for 24 hours. This allowed you to grind them in. The newer white composite fillings set immediately, and are as hard as they will ever be.

Why don't we just make all fillings short, if too tall is bad. To short is also bad. The jaw joint and muscles work best when your teeth are in a special place in their arc of motion. A reduced or over closed bite will stress the muscles and can give you premature age wrinkles.

So call and come back. Simple adjustments are done without a shot. And the pain release is almost immediate. We will use the articulating paper (carbon paper) to show us were the filling is interfering with the bite and adjust it. I am always happy to help with a small bite problem, before it becomes a bigger one.

Untreated a high filling can cause: headaches, jaw pain, cold sensitivity, TMJ (TMD). There can even be enough damage to cause the need for a root-canal.

As always if you have questions or to make an appointment to get your filling adjusted, call us at 405-840-5591.