Do fillings hurt at the dentist?
Of course, some people have more sensitive teeth or require deeper fillings that come closer to the nerve. That's why an anesthetic is used to numb your mouth during the procedure. After all, your dentist removes the decay in the tooth exposing you to pain. The filling protects you, so you won't feel that pain anymore.
Sensitivity from a tooth filling should go away within two to four weeks. If the sensitivity doesn't seem to be getting any better during that time, or it lasts for longer than four weeks, contact your dentist.
- But signs of infection severe enough to require a root canal include: Serious teeth pain when eating or when you put pressure on the area. Teeth pain and sensitivity to hot or cold that lingers after the hot or cold stimuli have been removed. A small, pimple-like bump on the gums near the area of teeth pain.
- Of course, some people have more sensitive teeth or require deeper fillings that come closer to the nerve. That's why an anesthetic is used to numb your mouth during the procedure. After all, your dentist removes the decay in the tooth exposing you to pain. The filling protects you, so you won't feel that pain anymore.
- A root canal is a treatment used to repair and save a tooth that is badly decayed or becomes infected. During a root canal procedure, the nerve and pulp are removed and the inside of the tooth is cleaned and sealed. Without treatment, the tissue surrounding the tooth will become infected and abscesses may form.
Hi Audrey, I have had many, many fillings over the years and can assure you that they are not painful (during or after). The dentist will give you some local anesthesia first and make sure that the tooth is very numb. The anesthesia should be given very slowly and carefully so you do not feel anything.
- Cavities are caused by this process. While a cavity won't go away on its own, dentists can repair it with a filling. You can also prevent and even reverse tooth decay to keep cavities from forming.
- Part 1 Caring for a New Filling
- Figure out how long it takes your filling to set.
- Take pain medication if needed.
- Avoid food and beverages until the anesthetic wears off.
- Avoid very hot and very cold foods and beverages.
- Avoid hard, chewy, or sticky foods.
- Chew on the opposite side of your mouth to the filling.
- After all, once your patient is numb, you are practicing painless dentistry. But if you hurt the patient during the injection process, you are no longer considered a painless dentist. Remember, a filling doesn't hurt — even a root canal doesn't hurt — but an intraoral injection does!
Updated: 27th September 2018