Fillings are a common practice in dentistry. The aim of fillings is to cover dental cavities and prevent their spread. In addition, good fillings can salvage a tooth that was otherwise destroyed. Fillings also reduce and eliminate the pain associated with cavities.
A well-placed filling can remain stable for many years and prevent the need for a root canal. Additionally, fillings are a simple procedure that is done quickly and without the need for hospitalized care.
Why are New Fillings Tender?
After a new filling, the tooth will need to re-adjust and adapt to having material where there was none previously. This may require getting used to. Once adapted, however, there is no pain and the tooth will feel as good as new.
Take note that the process involves anesthesia and drilling. This process may cause pain which may be sustained for a few days. It is important to also remember that fillings are made of a material that is not organic to the body. Some filling materials like composite resins may rarely trigger allergies. In some cases, the problem may be deeper than the cavity. In such a case, the filling might get tender until the actual deeper problem is resolved.
How Long Should the Tenderness Last?
After a filling, the window of healing period is 3 days to one week. Regardless of how the procedure was done or the material used, within a week, the filling should be all settled. Take note, however, that there may be variations from individual to individual. Depending on how well you take care of your tooth, you may experience healing much earlier.
Post-operative care after a filling can make or break the success of a filling. Make sure to follow the instructions given by our dentists. Do not strain the tooth, take the drugs prescribed as you need them, and you will be well within no time. If pain and symptoms persist, get in touch with our office as soon as you can.