How long should you have tooth pain after getting fillings?

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  1. GhostEcho

    GhostEcho Yojimbo

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    Monday afternoon I got a filling on a back tooth top left side and a filling on a back tooth bottom left side.

    The dentist thought we'd get away with both fillings without injectable anesthesia. We got the bottom one done that way, no problem. But the top tooth wasn't so great so we paused so he could get me the shots to numb it all up and then we proceeded and all seemed well and good.

    Eating supper that night after the anesthesia wore off, the top tooth that had been filled got a sharp pain when I bit down on food on that side of the mouth. Bottom one was alright. No pain of any kind when just biting down top jaw to bottom jaw.

    Now it's Thursday and I don't really get the same "pressure pain" when chewing on the left side, but if I DO chew using the left side, after going at it for a few minutes I start to get an aching and throbbing pain that lasts for longer than I like. (Yesterday, almost three hours).

    Now I understand you're inclined to say, "quit chewing on your left side", and yes, I get that, but I also can't do that forever and if this is normal I need to be able to see when it gets better.

    So.

    IS this normal? IS this something that ought to go away within a certain timeframe? Or do I need to get ahold of my dentist now and tell him to have a look and fix whatever might have gone wrong?

    Thanks!
  2. Useful Idiot

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    Based on nothing more than personal opinion, it never hurts (no pun intended) to follow up with a provider post-procedure. They expect it and generally welcome it. I'd give the dentist a call before the weekend.
  3. tafkats

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    I've always had sensitivity for a few days, especially to cold, but never throbbing pain that lasts for that long.
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  4. Diacanu

    Diacanu Comicmike. Writer

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    I had SUPER DUPER cold sensitivity in my fillings for YEARS afterward.
    Not normal ice ache, like licking a battery times ten.
    Yeah, it could take a while to calm down.
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  5. Lanzman

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    Sounds like the nerve in that spot got a little sensitized. If you stick to soft foods for a week or so it should calm down, but as mentioned it never hurts to have the dentist check it out for you.
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  6. Fisherman's Worf

    Fisherman's Worf I am the Seaman, I am the Walrus, Qu-Qu-Qapla'!

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    You should call your dentist if you're concerned. I don't think any of us are remotely qualified to give you advice, unless someone is secretly a dentist.
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  7. Bickendan

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    Wasn't Robotech (blanking on current name) a dentist? :unsure:
  8. oldfella1962

    oldfella1962 high speed, low drag

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    Every dentist is a secret dentist. They know their profession is associated with pain & discomfort.

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  9. Zor Prime

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    I am a dentist, yes.

    A bit of sensitivity and discomfort is normal for a day or two but if you are having lingering pain then definitely see the dentist again. That doesn’t sound right.

    The filling could be ‘high’ meaning there is some excess filling material that is throwing off your bite and that can be very painful but is easily fixable. A quick adjustment and you may feel perfectly fine afterwards.

    However it could also be that the upper tooth had a very deep cavity, in close proximity to the nerve tissue or pulp chamber. In that case you may need a root canal if the pain does not subside.

    If you go back to the dentist for a follow-up ask if they could take an x-Ray to see what’s up.

    Some people, just in general, have very sensitive teeth (especially to cold) so I try to recommend Sensodyne toothpaste and occasionally swishing with warm water and baking soda.

    Listerine also has a new product out which specifically is meant for sensitive teeth (but does not kill germs like regular Listerine).

    EDIT: If it ONLY hurts when you bite down but not in any other case (like at night or just spontaneously during the day) then a high filling is likely. One easy way to check at home... when your teeth come together does it feel like your left side closes before your right side? Ideally you want all your teeth to occlude evenly. Slight discrepancies can cause a surprising amount of discomfort.
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  10. oldfella1962

    oldfella1962 high speed, low drag

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    Do four out of five dentists recommend Sensodyne? They do have a good product line - my wife swears by Sensodyne.
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    It’s the only brand I use personally.
  12. Lanzman

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    Yep. It’s the only toothpaste I use. Fixed my cold-sensitive teeth.