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If you have recently had a cavity filled, you might be temporarily experiencing tooth sensitivity. This typically goes away without treatment, while the tooth is adjusting to the new filing. So what are some common conditions you might experience that cause discomfort a dental restoration? And how should you handle tooth sensitivity?

Pressure – after a filling your tooth might hurt when you bite down. This normally gets better within a few weeks on its own.

Temperature – extreme temperatures may cause tooth sensitivity for a few weeks after a filling has been done. You may feel a brief, short pain when eating and drinking hot or cold foods, but you don’t have to stop eating that delicious soup, or stay away from ice cream. Just be careful when eating (or drinking) hot or cold drinks and keep the substance away from the newly filled cavity. If the discomfort seems to hard to deal with, we may suggest a desensitizing toothpaste for you, and may also apply a desensitizing solution on the tooth while it acclimates to the filling.

Pain – sometimes a newly filled cavity sends out pain signals to your surrounding teeth which may feel like they hurt. This will stop soon on its own.

Bite – If your bite hurts because the filling may be higher than the tooth’s surface, we may need to reshape the filling for you so that it fits together better.

Decay – Sometimes it happens that the decay in the filled cavity was too deep, and its proximity to the tooth pulp means that the diseased tissue isn’t healthy enough to support the filling. Pain from this won’t go away until you have the tissue removed via a root canal procedure.

It’s easy to handle tooth sensitivity after a filling, being careful with temperature extremes, and possibly using a desensitizing toothpaste might be all you need to do. If you have any questions or concerns, Dr. Obiora E. Nkwonta is always happy to help. You can reach our Lake City Way Dental Center team in Seattle, Washington at 206.363.1828 today.