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You Got A Tooth Filling, And Now Tooth Sensitivty Will Not Go Away

Are you experiencing tooth sensitivity and recently had a dental filling procedure? If so, you are likely wondering if there is an issue related to the procedure that is causing the sensitivity. You may even be wondering if the sensation you are feeling is normal. The following are a few things that you need to understand about the sensitivity and what else you may need to do or expect.

Is it normal? 

Some people experience sensitivity after getting dental fillings, and others only have minor sensitivity immediately after the procedure. The sensation may go away within a few hours or days, but sometimes it can last longer. Normally, sensitivity is an issue that should go away on its own. This is because the filling should insulate the dental pulp over time. The result is decreased sensitivity.

Why do some people experience sensitivity and others do not?

Sensitivity can be affected by the degree of decay. For example, if you have a bigger cavity in one area of your mouth that needs to be filled, it is more likely to be sensitive than a smaller filling. The same can be true as far as why some people have more sensitivity than others. It can be a matter of the degree of the decay and the measures that need to be taken to correctly place the filling. Larger cavities require a more aggressive approach. Keep in mind some people are more sensitive to pain, and the same is true for tooth sensitivity. You might have a lower pain tolerance than another person, which is why your tooth sensitivity may appear more pronounced. 

What are contributing factors to tooth sensitivity after a filling?

Large or high fillings are likely to cause some type of sensitivity. These fillings cover large surfaces of the teeth. This is why they are likely to cause some sensitivity. Metal conducts cold temperatures. This is why you might feel sensitivity after eating cold foods if you have metal fillings. If you have a large composite filling, your sensitivity might be the result of stress on the surrounding tooth as it adjusts to the filling placement. 

What can you do if the sensitivity does not get better after time passes?

This is something that you need to mention to your dentist. It may be necessary to extract the current filling and replace it using a different technique. For example, if you have a metal filling that was placed directly over the tooth, the dentist might elect to remove the existing filling and place a seal over the area between the tooth and the new metal filling. This protective barrier can decrease sensitivity. Sometimes dentists suggest a different filling material if sensitivity has occurred with another material.

For more information, talk to a professional like Belgrade Dental Associates.