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?

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Answered by Oak Park Dental Associates

The tooth "nerve" itself may be "hurting" due to the trauma from the procedure. This may take up to a couple of weeks to settle down or it may not settle down. Otherwise, it may be from bite trauma due to changes in bite when new fillings are placed. This sometimes go away. Other times, it may get worse. Another possibility would be that the hurting may actually come from the injection site where five shots were administered. This may be the most likely possibility because you seem to be consistently getting the same issue. Muscles unhappy due to multiple injections. I hope this helps.

Published on Aug 02, 2011

Answered by Oak Park Dental Associates

The tooth "nerve" itself may be "hurting" due to the trauma from the procedure. This may take up to a couple of weeks to settle down or it may not settle down. Otherwise, it may be from bite trauma due to changes in bite when new fillings are placed. This sometimes go away. Other times, it may get worse. Another possibility would be that the hurting may actually come from the injection site where five shots were administered. This may be the most likely possibility because you seem to be consistently getting the same issue. Muscles unhappy due to multiple injections. I hope this helps.

Published on Aug 02, 2011


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