FAQ: Is it normal to have sensitive teeth after fillings?

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Experiencing tooth sensitivity after dental work can be disheartening. After all, you went to the dentist to feel better! Decay irritates the tooth (which is why you needed a filling to begin with), and working on that tooth irritates it further, to where it can develop into a painful sensitivity. While it may feel somewhat uncomfortable, tooth sensitivity after having fillings put in or replaced is actually quite common. Your tooth will gradually get better and sensitivity will lessen, usually within a couple of days. In some cases, it can last for several months but this is rare. As long as your tooth’s sensitivity gradually improves, there should be no cause for concern.

 

However, there are other possible causes for sensitivity or pain after new fillings. A dental examination may be required to discover another source of the problem if your pain intensifies or does not gradually get better, even after waiting a few weeks or months. If you are experiencing this, come to Thomas and Thomas Dental right away. We strive to keep all our patients comfortable and satisfied, which sometimes requires going back into a recent filing and detecting any lingering problems.

Since 1996, our dentists and dental team have been doing just this for the people of Phoenix, Sunnyslope, Glendale, Scottsdale, and the surrounding areas. Please contact us as soon as possible to schedule your next appointment with one of our dentists to address your painful sensitivity. We can be reached by filling out our online contact form. We look forward to taking care of your smile!