How long does tooth sensitivity last after filling?
Usually, the sensitivity resolves on its own within a few weeks. During this time, avoid those things that are causing the sensitivity. Pain relievers are generally not required. Contact your dentist if the sensitivity does not subside within two to four weeks or if your tooth is extremely sensitive.
How long does hot cold sensitivity last after filling?
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.
What causes tooth sensitivity to cold and heat?
Tooth sensitivity triggered by heat or cold tends to occur when a tooth’s outer protective layer, the enamel, has worn down. Enamel covers the parts of a tooth above the gums. A loss of enamel can expose the sensitive dentin of the tooth, the layer below the enamel that allows heat and cold to stimulate nerves.
Can a tooth be sensitive to hot and cold after a root canal?
It’s possible a dentist may overlook an infected canal, leaving a bit of nerve inside the tooth or a small pocket for bacteria to form an infection. If a nerve is left behind, your tooth will remain sensitive to hot and cold as it was before the procedure.
Why is my tooth so sensitive after a filling?
Short-term tooth sensitivity after a filling usually occurs because the filling procedure has aggravated or caused inflammation in the nerve inside the tooth. Usually, the tooth’s outer layers — the enamel and cementum — protect the nerve from exposure.
How do you get rid of hot and cold sensitive teeth?
Sensitive teeth can be treated. The type of treatment will depend on what is causing the sensitivity. Your dentist may suggest one of a variety of treatments:
- Desensitizing toothpaste.
- Fluoride gel.
- A crown, inlay or bonding.
- Surgical gum graft.
- Root canal.
Can a filling cause pulpitis?
Sometimes you can get pulpitis after a filling, crown, or other dental work. This can cause reversible pulpitis that can be fixed once the original dental work is repaired. If you leave the problem for too long, it can turn into irreversible pulpitis.
What are the signs that a root canal is needed?
Signs you may need root canal therapy include:
- Severe toothache pain upon chewing or application of pressure.
- Prolonged sensitivity (pain) to hot or cold temperatures (after the heat or cold has been removed)
- Discoloration (darkening) of the tooth.
- Swelling and tenderness in nearby gums.
Can a dentist mess up a filling?
If the filling has not been adequately prepared, the mixture may not bond properly to the tooth tissue and this may cause the filling to fall out or cause a gap, which could then allow further decay to form and lead to long lasting toothache as the pulp of the tooth becomes infected.