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Dentist in Richardson On Why Fillings Cause Brief Sensitivity

July 17, 2017

Filed under: Uncategorized — drcoughlin @ 2:09 pm

My dentist in Richardson provides excellent restorative care. If you’ve just had a cavity filled, you may be experiencing some sensitivity in the new filling. Don’t panic! Some amount of discomfort is completely normal, and it should go away within about two weeks. Let’s take a look at why sensitivity happens, and when it’s time to call the dentist in Richardson for help.

What Are Fillings Made Out Of?

At Breckinridge Dental and Orthodontics, we offer tooth colored fillings. They’re made out of composite resin, a biocompatible material that looks just like your natural tooth enamel. Tooth colored fillings replace dental amalgam, or the silver material that is highly visible against the rest of your smile. This option is natural looking, long lasting, and it keeps more of your healthy tooth structure intact (always a good thing).

Composite resin fillings are more natural looking than the silver alternative, but they may cause more sensitivity right at first. Over time, though, silver fillings are more likely to repeatedly expand and contract when exposed to heat and cold.

Why Does Sensitivity Occur In a New Filling?

If you have just had a filling, know that it’s completely normal to experience some level of sensitivity for the first couple of weeks.

You may feel minor discomfort/sensitivity in relation to…

  • Hot or cold foods
  • Air
  • Pressure when biting

Sensitivity may also be the result of an allergic reaction. If you have never had a filling before, we don’t really have any way to know how your mouth will respond to a particular material. We can make an educated guess, but there’s no guarantee until it’s in your mouth.  

If the filling isn’t fitted properly to the cavity, it may also be cracked or loose and cause pain or sensitivity. Additionally, a filling that is too high will be uncomfortable.

How Can I Reduce Sensitivity?

If you are experiencing sensitivity after a filling, you can manage it with an over the counter pain medication. Never put aspirin or any other tablet directly on the gums, as this can injure or burn the soft tissue. Take medicine as directed, drink plenty of water, and do not combine the medication with alcohol. Avoid the triggers that cause sensitivity, like hot and cold foods and beverages. Brushing your teeth with an anti-sensitivity toothpaste may help, too.

When It’s Time to Call the Dentist

If your discomfort is severe or if it lasts for more than two weeks, you will want to get in touch with your dentist and discuss the details of your sensitivity. A simple adjustment may improve the fit of your filling and remove discomfort. In some cases, we may make a note to use a different material for any additional cavities.

Got Sensitivity?

If you are experiencing sensitivity after a filling, or if you’ve got questions about restorative dentistry, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Breckinridge Dental and Orthodontics! Request an appointment with our team of experts today.

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