Bad toothache after getting a filling

I had a filling today and I am in pain. It feels like bad toothache. Is this normal and will it go soon?

The information provided by medical professionals in the Q&A is for informational purposes only, and is not a substitute for individualized medical advice, diagnosis or treatment by a qualified health care provider.

Answers

Answered By: Dr. Benjamin L. Young, DDS

It's common to have some mild discomfort after most dental procedures. There are a number of factors that influence the severity of pain after a filling is placed (proximity of decay to the nerve, placement technique of the filling material, location of the tooth in the mouth, etc). If the pain is severe or lasts more than a few weeks, you should follow-up with your dentist.

Answered By: The Smile Shapers, Dr. Allen Levesque

Call your dentist ASAP or see another dentist for a 2nd opinion

Sincerely,
Dr. Levesque of The Smile Shapers

Answered By: Dental Arts & Wellness

It may or may not be normal. However, some pain or discomfort right after dental filling or crown treatment is not unusual, if not common.
Right after treatment, the tooth undergoes "pulpitis", an inflammation inside the tooth (blood vessels and nerves). You may or may not feel it. In many cases, pulpitis is 'reversible' and will subside after a few days. Some chewing or cold sensitivity may last for 2 months or so, gradually becoming less and less over time as the tooth heals. These are all examples of "reversible post-operative pulpitis".
In rare cases, however, pulpitis may become more persistent and become "non-reversible", in which case your dentist may test your tooth for its vitality. Just like a person, a tooth sometimes dies after having long-term, exaggerated inflammation. Root canal treatment may be recommended for a tooth that has developed extremely severe pain after treatment, or that continues to hurt without any improvement over time.
Your dentist may want you to return to check your bite once again. After a long appointment opening your mouth, your jaw may not be in the usual bite position when your dentist checks the filling's fit. After a day or so, and after anesthetic wears off, if your new filling is a little high it will be re-adjusted. This is because a new filling with heavier bite pressure often causes tooth ache after treatment. Usually, a phone call to your dentist's office will quickly offer you an answer to what the next step is, should you have post-operative tooth ache. I wish your tooth a speedy recovery.

More Questions on Dental Fillings

Why does it hurt for a week after I get a filling done?
Every time I get a filling, my dentist has to give me 5 shots to numb the area and then it usually hurts for a week or more after. What could be the problem?

Do fillings usually fall out after a certain amount of time?
Are fillings permanent, or do they eventually always fall out?

Do dental fillings have to be replaced?
How long do fillings usually last?

Should I get a Second Opinion?
I have never had cavity's and all of a sudden I switch to a new dentist and had one. I said ok and got it filled. Now he is saying there are 5 more! This just does not seem right to me. What should I do?

Still have pain after my tooth was filled, do I need a root canal?
I recently was having extremely horrible tooth pain. I had a hole on the bottom of one of my back tooth He filled the tooth. It hurts very bad and I still think i need a root canal. It is a constant pain that wont go away. Do I need it pulled?

How long can a hematoma last for after having dental fillings?
I had a tooth filled and the next day my lower gum had begun to swell at the injection site. The swelling has since gone down, but it is still a little sensitive when pressure is applied. How long will it take for the hematoma to go away?

What cost-effective measures can treat cavities, decay, and receding gums?
For the past 7 yrs I have had problems with my teeth. Not only do I have a number of cavities, but there is decay and my gums are receding to the tops of my teeth. I think it may be due to gastroesophageal reflux disease. What cost-effective measures can I take to resolve these problems? Also, how do I find out what is causing these problems to occur?

Why am I now beginning to feel pain 9 months after having my upper and lower teeth filled?
About 9 months ago I had my lower and upper teeth filled. For a week now I've experienced pain. I cannot eat or drink. When I do decide to drink something, there is a weird sensation. Why is this?

Is it normal to feel pain when chewing after a deep filling?
I had a deep filling 6 days ago. There's no sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures; however, I feel pain when I try to bite down on the tooth. My dentist advised that I monitor it for another 1 or 2 weeks. Is it normal to feel pain when chewing after a deep filling?

I'm experiencing jolts of sensitivity in one of the fillings I've had for nearly two years, should I wait until my dental appointment to get checked
I have been experiencing jolts of sensitivity in one of the fillings I have had for about 2 years.There is no pain or obvious discoloration of the surrounding area. I have a scheduled a dental appointment in 2 weeks. Should I wait until my appointment to get this checked?

Pain in lying positions happens in acute pulpitis or chronic pulpitis? If so, why does it happen?
Can you please give me details about pain in lying position in acute pulpitis..why does it happen? Is there any chances for it to occur in chronic pulpitis also?

Adding new teeth for my mohter
My mother has lost some of her front teeth and few are moving. But still some are strong. Please suggest best and economical option.

1. Is it best to remove all the teeth and add enw removable teeth set?
2. To add replacement teeth for the ones that were removed or moving teeth.

Which type of dental filling should I get?
What are the differences between amalgam, composite, and ceramic fillings? Is it possible the heavy metals in the amalgam fillings could cause adverse affects later on?

Can a tooth that is rotting underneath be filled with a filling?
I have a tooth that is rotting from underneath, can my tooth be saved with a filling?

Should you teeth hurt two weeks after being filled?
My six year old daughter had two silver fillings on her top back teeth about two weeks ago. She is now complaining about pain in those two teeth. Is this normal and what should I do about it? She had two fillings the week before but they don't hurt.

I would like to know more about the white fillings
I would like to know more about the white fillings. Do they last longer? And is there any possibility that a dead tooth with a hole be filled up?

How can I reduce the pain I'm experiencing after a dental filling?
I had a dental filling done today. I'm in so much pain. I've taken painkillers, but I still feel very uncomfortable. What should I do?

Is it normal to have tooth ache and headache one week after a filling?
My tooth is painful after my filling, even my head and all my teeth are aching. The filling was done one week ago. What should I do for the pain?

Can a filling cause other teeth to hurt?
I had a filling on the top right side of my mouth about two weeks ago. Since then, my bottom right teeth have been aching. I can't eat or drink anything on my right side. If any food or drinks go to the right side I feel instant pain. I went back to the dentist yesterday and he reshaped the tooth with the filling on the top right, but it still hurts. What should I do? Can a filling cause other teeth to hurt?

My dentist has deadened the nerve in my cracked tooth and I have to go back to have it extracted. Why am I still in severe pain?
My molar is cracked all the way through, and there is some infection. I had the nerve deadened today, but I will need to return for extraction. I currently have a temporary filling. Despite deadening the nerve, the pain has not subsided. In fact, it has worsened over 12 hrs. Is this normal?

What is the likely route that my dentist will take during my procedure?
My last dentist had to give me the maximum amount of anesthetics just to pull one tooth because my blood pressure went through the roof. I have an irrational fear of needles and I'm having two fillings on my lower jaw. I'm curious about it. What should I expect?

I had a molar filled 2 days ago and it still hurts. How long will the pain last?
I had a molar filled and the pain is still there. It's usually a mild pain, but whenever I eat something hot it becomes a moderate pain. How long until the pain finally goes away? Last week I had a wisdom tooth-next to that particular molar-pulled.

My teeth are hurting and I have chronic headaches after getting 3 cavities filled, is this normal? What should I do?
I had 3 cavities filled 2 weeks ago. My teeth started hurting about a week after and I get constant headaches. The pain affects almost that entire side of my mouth, even my jaw. What should I do?

Why do I have canker sores after a filling? Could it be from the anesthesia used?
I had a dental filling recently. For some reason I've developed canker sores. Why would this happen after the procedure? Could it be from the anesthesia used? He used Lidocaine and Septocaine. How long will it take for these sores to go away? What can I do to get rid of them quickly?

Is it normal for a new white dental filling on a front tooth to have dark areas around the filling - like a gray outline?
The filling was done less than a week ago. It kind of matches my tooth but all around the filling it looks like it's outlined. I'm worried it may not have been filled correctly.

Is there any way I could get 'put under' and have all teeth fixed in one day in nova scotia??
I am 21 yrs old. I have already had 2 teeth pulled and I have cavities in every other toth in my head and 3 molars are literally falling apart piece by piece. One dentist told me I had periodontal disease , one told me I didn't .

Why am I still in pain 3 weeks after replacing two cavities?
Two-and-a-half weeks ago, I had two fillings removed and replaced on the lower left side. I went back twice to have the "high bite" adjusted, and my dentist explained I also had a hematoma. Ibruprofen helps, but how long I can expect to be in pain?

Most Popular Dental Topics
Ask Your Own Question

Dentists in Beverly Hills, CA

Dr. Kevin B. Sands, D.D.S.

Dr. Kevin B. Sands specializes in cosmetic dentistry, taking pride in offering the finest in patient care and services to each and every patient. He is determined to give you the smile you deserve! In fact, some of the most beautiful smiles in Hollywood have come through our doors. Dr. Kevin B. Sands has trained with some of the worlds most prominent cosmetic dental specialists. He is rapidly becoming known Beverly Hills leading cosmetic dentist for people ...