Two weeks ago I had a filling done and it is still sensitive and a slightly painful if I eat or drink. Why is that?

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It is possible that the new “white” filling has caused a little sensitivity.  This can be due to the shrinkage of the filling material while it hardens.  It can happen that the shrinkage causes extra tension and pressure on the tooth or nerve,  This sensitivity can last a few weeks but should slowly go away.

Sensitivity can also be due to the fact that the dentist had to drill a deep hole, close to the nerve, in order to remove decay. This can also cause sensitivity for quite some time after the treatment, but should lessen with time. Another cause of sensitivity can be that the filling is a little too high and this causes extra pressure on the jaw. The best thing is to let the dentist check this – it is easily handled.

Amalgam fillings can also cause a crack in the tooth that only comes to light after the cavity has been re-filled with composite filling material.

If the sensitivity does not lessen after a month then it is time to call us.  (020-6102883).

 

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