Most of us have been there: you find out you have a cavity and have to get a filling. According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, 92 percent of adults between 20 and 64 “have had dental caries in their permanent teeth” and 26 percent “have untreated decay.” Removing the diseased portion of the tooth and placing a restoration in it should relieve your toothache, but in some cases, getting a filling can actually lead to oral discomfort. Dr. Craig Armstrong and our Houston dental team are committed to educating patients about their teeth and helping them enjoy healthy, beautiful smiles. In the following blog, we explain the regrettable phenomenon of post-filling toothaches and discuss what you can do to avoid them.
After you have a filling, it’s normal for your tooth to feel slightly sore, since the enamel has been modified. However, this feeling should diminish within a few weeks if not the same day. If you experience persistent discomfort after a filling, you should contact us for assistance. Patients with post-filling toothaches most commonly experience:
If you suffer from any of these symptoms, please contact our Houston dental practice for an appointment with Dr. Armstrong.
Unfortunately, there are many things that can go awry with a filling, especially if it is performed improperly or by an unqualified dentist. Your tooth may hurt after your procedure because:
When you come in for an appointment with Dr. Armstrong, he can identify the cause of your post-filling toothache and recommend an appropriate treatment accordingly, whether this involves modifying your filling shape, replacing it, providing root canal therapy to treat an infection, or performing another procedure.
We offer both amalgam and composite fillings at our Houston dental practice. To minimize your risks for toothache and provide a more natural, cosmetic look for your restored tooth, Dr. Armstrong often recommends composite fillings. These restorations can limit your discomfort because they:
Dr. Armstrong will help you choose which type of filling will suit your needs and preferences at your consultation. If you are struggling with galvanization or a metal allergy, we can also replace your existing amalgam filling with a composite one to alleviate your symptoms.
We are committed to providing outstanding care while maintaining your comfort and safety. To learn more about fillings or find out how to treat your post-filling toothache, contact our Houston dental office today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Armstrong.