Does a tooth filling hurt?

Teeth fillings help keep your teeth functional by getting rid of the decay caused by the cavity and keep your teeth safe by filling that space in with one of several materials. But the question persists: is getting teeth filling painful? Do they cause pain after being installed?

There’s always a dread over going to the dentist. As children, it’s because the process is uncomfortable or painful. As adults, it’s because of a fear of the bad news and the bill attached. If you already know that you have a cavity – a little black spot on a tooth that doesn’t go away no matter how much you brush – then the next step will be planning for a solution. In most cases, if the cavity is shallow, you may just need to get a filling.

Does getting a Tooth Filling hurt?

The teeth filling procedure itself is not painful. Modern dentistry is all about making these uncomfortable procedures as comfortable as possible. As such, the process always begins with numbing the area down and then injecting a local painkiller so that you don’t feel any of the work being done. The only pain you might feel would be the prick of the needle, and anything residual from listening to the drill or clatter of tools. In general, these procedures are totally harmless.

The process ends once the filling has been fully installed. Depending on what material is being used, this may take multiple visits. Most people will want to get it done all at once. The most common type of filler is composite resin, made of acrylic resin and polished glass together. They look just like tooth enamel and are best for shallow fillings. Amalgams are made of different types of metal. These have the slight chance of causing persistent problems and as such are being phased out in favor of stronger resins. The most extravagant, and durable, type of filling is gold, which takes multiple appointments to install.

Can the Tooth Filling cause pain?

Once the filling is installed it should feel just like your old tooth, or maybe better if it’s being used to cover up a deep gap or a worn down surface. Which means your mouth will feel a little different. Some discomfort is natural as the numbness wears off and the feeling comes back. Feelings of rawness or tenderness will wear off after a few days. Consistent brushing will help keep these feelings in check.

If any pain, such as pain that prompted the procedure in the first place, returns it’s not the filling, but the cavity resurging inside the tooth that wasn’t fully cleared out. If this happens you should make an appointment immediately. Fortunately, tooth fillings themselves won’t be the cause of your pain. If the procedure works, you’ll have your old chewing power back to maximum in no time.