We often encounter patients who ask, do dental fillings hurt? Today we’re going to take a look at the procedure, and the type of pain or discomfort that would be considered within acceptable limits, and when you would need to contact your dentist. At Randwick Smiles we are committed to comfortable, affordable dental fillings for our patients.


Understanding Dental Pain

Pain is an indication that something needs to be addressed. A cavity can cause pain and discomfort, and it is often the threat of increased pain that puts patients off getting treatment.

The important thing to remember is that having your cavity treated by being filled is the best course of action to take. Its objective is to restore your tooth and to relieve you of dental pain.


What Can You Expect From A Dental Filling Procedure?

Sometimes a cavity is discovered by your dentist during a routine check up, but often it is the presence of pain, sensitivity or discomfort that sends patients to their dentist’s chair in search of treatment. Sometimes the pain can be extremely intense and the area very sensitive.

Your dentist will use anaesthetic before he or she starts working in your mouth. Local anaesthetic is usually administered by injection and it only causes the area that needs to be worked on to lose sensation. While you might feel a bit of pressure or be aware of where the dentist is working, you won’t feel pain during the procedure.

Your dentist will test how numb your tooth is before he or she gets to work.


What To Expect After Dental Fillings

You can expect to feel a bit more sensitive once the anaesthetic has worn off. Your dentist may recommend some over-the-counter medication to help with pain relief, but most patients find they can cope without medication.

Why it’s sensitive

If your cavity was close to your tooth root, it is quite likely to experience some irritation. On the whole, any pain you may have experienced because of the cavity should improve, not get worse.

If you do find that you are in pain or it is getting worse, you should report to your dentist straight away.

Sometimes the dental filling might be positioned too high up in your mouth, and this can cause pressure on your bite.

Your dentist will be able to adjust your filling so it feels more natural in your mouth. Sometimes this is difficult to gauge this before the anaesthetic wears off, and it is only after you get home and you can feel your own bite that you realise it still needs some adjusting.


Other Potential Problems With Tooth Fillings

Modern fillings can last for many years, depending on the material they have been crafted from, but at some point your tooth fillings may reach the end of their lifespan and need to be replaced. You can discuss the pros and cons of different dental filling materials with your dentist.


Some of the potential problems that may occur include:

  • Sometimes a space may open up between the filling and your tooth, creating an opening that bacteria can breed in. this may not be noticeable to the naked eye, and is more likely to be picked up by your dentist during a routine check up.
  • It is also possible for fillings to crack, break or fall out. Often this can occur when biting into hard or chewy foods, or because of a trauma to the mouth. If this occurs, it is important to get dental treatment as soon as possible, in order to prevent further infection and damage to your unprotected tooth.

Having a dental filling is much less painful than living with a cavity. An untreated cavity can lead to deep decay that spreads to the roots, which is very painful and which can ultimately result in the loss of your tooth.


So How Painful Are Tooth Fillings?

Tooth fillings should not be painful. Even if you arrive at your dentist in pain, once the anaesthetic has been administered, you will not experience pain. During the dental filling procedure your dentist will clean the cavity and remove the infected material – which is the source of the pain.

If you are especially worried about pain it is possible (but not necessary) to take over-the-counter medication to help you once the anaesthetic has worn off.

Still worried about do dental fillings hurt? Getting early treatment is essential to prevent the spread of bacteria and infection. Please call us for assistance: (02) 8188 4625.

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