Types of Tooth Pain after Dental Filling

The best way to save a decayed or broken tooth is by having a filling done. This is not only a great help for the functionality of the tooth but also helps in the person’s appearance. The first thing that the dentist does is to go ahead and fill the tooth. This will be when the corroded materials and the tooth decay are removed and the affected area around the tooth is taken care of.

Kinds of Toothache or Tooth Pain after a Dental Filling               

The filing in the cavity is done using different kinds of substances. This will give the tooth enough protection from the cavity becoming larger. A thing to keep in mind is that it is quite common to feel a little bit of pain after a filling has been done. Your teeth and the surrounding region might be sensitive to the material that has been used for the filling and the trauma that it has undergone. Give it time to heal and the filling will settle down.

If the toothache still persists then a thing to keep in mind is that there are different kinds of toothaches and you might need to ascertain which one you feel.

Tooth pain around the new dental filling:

If you have toothache surrounding the new dental filling then you need to go to the dentist for a second time. They will check whether the filling had been done right.

Tooth ache when you bite:

There are instances when you might experience pain every time you bite. This kind of pain is noticed as soon as the anesthesia wears off. Thereafter, if you notice that you experience toothache every time that you bite, you need to check with the dentist for the right size of the filling. The reason this occurs is that every time you bite you actually put your teeth through get turmoil.

Allergies resulting from Dental Fillings:

There are different kinds of materials that are used for fillings and therefore it is a good idea to go on and check with the dentist if you are allergic to any of them.

Allergic reaction could result from the silver amalgam used in the filling. An allergic reaction could be itchiness, skin rashes, and various other general allergic reactions. If this were to occur then the filling needs to be replaced with another material.

When is right time to go to dentist with tooth pain after filling

If the toothache persists even after a few weeks of the filling then something is certainly amiss. All that you need to do is to go to the dentist for a second time and explain the pain and how you feel. The dentist will then be able to ascertain the reason for the pain after the filling and address the concerns. The dentist might advise you to use a sensitive tooth paste or put on a desensitizing agent on the tooth.

After all of this, if the pain still persists then all that you can do is to have a root canal treatment done to get rid of the pain after the filing.


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Posted By : Coleen Nieves on 24-Apr-2015 06:31 AM
My tooth was hurting so I went to the dentist and he check it with the xray and didnt see anything so he took out the old filling and put a medicated filling it was ok then it started to hurt so i called the dentist back and i asked for meds so he gave me amoxicillin 500 only taken two pills so far. This morning the pain was not good got to work and I took advil and the pain is not that bad. I have to go back on tuesday to see how it is i am hoping its not a root canal and he just puts back the filling but its funny how my bottom teeth hurt as well. Dr. what can i do to take the pain a way if it continues?

Posted By : Poby on 10-Jan-2015 09:42 AM
Dr. Ritz, I had my tooth filled with white composite because it had cavity under my old fillings from years ago. The procedure was done 6 weeks ago and everything was fine. All of a sudden 3 days ago I got nerve pain when eating and drinking hot stuff, sometimes even when I get up from bed or sofa. Pain comes and goes. My dentist did take an x ray yesterday and said it looked fine. But he said if my nerve is infected its too early to show on the X-ray. So if I keep feeling the discomfort I need to get a root canel. He sent me home to observe. Today it was mostly pain free but at night the pain came back. Can my body fight it off? Is it true that the X-ray does not show the infection getting to my nerve? Please help me. Thank you...

Posted By : Poby on 09-Jan-2015 11:14 PM
Dr. Ritz, I had my tooth filled with white composite because it had cavity under my old fillings from years ago. The procedure was done 6 weeks ago and everything was fine. All of a sudden 3 days ago I got nerve pain when eating and drinking hot stuff, sometimes even when I get up from bed or sofa. Pain comes and goes. My dentist did take an x ray yesterday and said it looked fine. But he said if my nerve is infected its too early to show on the X-ray. So if I keep feeling the discomfort I need to get a root canel. He sent me home to observe. Today it was mostly pain free but at night the pain came back. Can my body fight it off? Is it true that the X-ray does not show the infection getting to my nerve? Please help me. Thank you...

Posted By : Chrissy on 09-Jun-2014 06:46 PM
Hi! I had my 6 month check up at the dentist in February. They found a tiny cavity in a molar (she told me it was so small they probably wouldn't need to numb it). This cavity never caused me any pain. They did the filling in March and I have had constant pain since then. I am randomly woken up in the middle of the night with pain, can't eat hot or cold. I can't even eat strawberries or breathe in air. I went back to the dentist and she told me everything looks fine on the xrays. She thinks they may have gone too deep. She put a sensitivity ointment on my tooth hoping it would help. It hasn't. I don't have extra money to have a procedure done. Would this be a fault on the dentist? What should I do?

Posted By : Jennifer on 18-Mar-2014 03:35 PM
I had severe decay in my molar and the dentist cleaned it out and filled it today. I am having jaw pain now esp when i open my mouth. is this normal?

Posted By : Louann on 15-Sep-2013 11:27 PM
I had a cavity filled yesterday that was in between my teeth, and this is the first cavity I have had like that. Once the shot wore off an hour after the appointment, I noticed that my tooth felt extremely sensitive when swallowing, eating, talking, smiling, and drinking. I figured it was just because of the extent of treatment (I have braces now, so they had to remove the wire and replace it again in order to reach the cavity and put the silver thing around the tooth as well as floss around the tooth after the filling)but the pain is still bothering me and I think it may be the weird filling they placed. It was a tiny spear looking thing that they wedged into the hole. Is that causing me pain or is my tooth just sensitive due to all of the stress it underwent?

Posted By : Dr. Ritz on 05-Jul-2013 06:07 AM
It is difficult tp comment on this with out seeing the tooth clinically and the X-ray’s. Ypur symptoms suggests that the tooth does not need the root canal treatment as the sensitivity is very minor and it goes as soon as the stimuli is removed. About dark spot it seems that there is some staining with initial caries and your dentist wants it to remineralize and do not want to do the filling but if the sensitivity persists then you can go back to him and get that filled. If you are not very convinced with your dentist you can take the second opinion.

Posted By : Dr. Ritz on 05-Jul-2013 05:55 AM
It looks like your tooth is infected . it happens sometimes when the cavity is deep and the filling is near the nerve. Your dentist when redid the filling used the base to soothe the nerve but it did not work out. Now you have to get the root canal treatment done for the tooth. So schedule an appointment with the dentist and get the root canal treatment done.

Posted By : Kay on 30-Jun-2013 10:34 AM
Dear Dr., I had broken a bottom left chewing tooth years back and my Dentist fixed it by using a composite filling to fill where the piece had broken off. 6 weeks ago, I noticed the filling looked a bit warn and was sensitive on the sides so I asked him to redo it in fear that I would need utter extensive treatment later on down the line if it was to be left alone. He did and my tooth has been sensitive occasionally when chewing, and when drinking or eating anything hot or cold (not every time, just randomly). I called him back because I could see a dark spot on the side of the filling and was worried a cavity had formed. He did X-rays, and poked it with his little hook and it really hurt when he did that. He said I do not need a root canal, and that he didnt think it required any drilling or filling and instructed me to go and buy Colgate de-sensitizing toothpaste and brush 2x a day and put a dab of it on the affected tooth before bed. He instructed me to call him in 2 weeks it it isn't better but he was almost sure that would take care of it. I even asked "so there's nothing that needs to be done or fixed?" And he said no. I'm worried I'm going to need a root canal or that I may not be able to trust his judgement. Why would it hurt so bad when he poked it if there is nothing there? Should he refill the cavity where the dark spot is? Or should I just shut up and deal with it? It is driving me crazy!

Posted By : Carol on 18-Jun-2013 11:41 PM
I went in a few weeks ago to have a few old, stained fillings replaced. After a week I noticed I was starting to have pain in one of the teeth. I went back to my dentist and he redid the filling, applied medication and put a barrier type thing LOL around the nerve? Not sure what the proper wording for that is.....but now it's even worse! He assured me that I did not need a root canal. I'm in extreme pain and can't even begin to put any pressure on that tooth, bit down or even touch it. The thing is....when I went to have this done, I wasn't in any pain at all! Pain meds aren't even helping....HELP!!!

Posted By : Dr. Rtiz on 26-May-2013 09:46 AM

Shreya,This means that the cavity is deep and there is infection in the tooth. You may have to go for root canal treatment for getting the tooth right. So check up with your dentist or take a second opinion from an Endodontist.


Posted By : shreya on 23-May-2013 04:53 AM
hello doctor!i got a tooth filled on march 8 and it started to hurt when i eat.i have been to the dentist thrice after that.he did the filling again with the same material,then tried a new one but there is no difference in the pain.what could be the reason?

Posted By : Dr. Rtiz on 09-Apr-2013 09:42 AM
Hi Ed, give the tooth sometime. You can wait for another 3-4 days as the pain is subsiding that means the tooth is healing. If after a week still the pain is there then you can schedule an appointment with your dentist.

Posted By : Dr. Rtiz on 09-Apr-2013 09:39 AM
Hi Janae, if it is hurting on chewing and the pain persists for hours after that then that means the tooth is infected and you have to go for Root Canal treatment for that tooth. So schedule an appointment with your dentist.

Posted By : Ed on 09-Apr-2013 08:28 AM
Hi. Had a filling 1 week ago and although the pain is subsiding i now sometimes have pain in the tooth next to the one that was filled... Is this normal or should i go back to dentist again?

Posted By : Dr.Ritz on 07-Mar-2013 09:28 PM

It looks like you have an infected tooth as the pain persist even after the stimulus is removed. If the pain is not increasing then you may wait for another 2 to 3 days but if it persists even after that then you have to go for the root canal treatment.


Posted By : Dr.Ritz on 05-Mar-2013 02:55 AM

Initially after getting the braces the pain is there as the pressure is put on the teeth and it takes some time for the teeth to adjust. As you have more pain in one tooth ,it is possible that the particular tooth is out of position more than the others and that is why the pressure is more on that particular tooth. Avoid eating any thing hard from that side and maintain good oral hygiene. If the condition deteriorates then discuss with your orthodontist.


Posted By : janae on 04-Mar-2013 10:35 PM
Hi! I had a filling done on Feb 28 and the dentist said it was a very deep filling. She said she put a medicated liner on it so hopefully they wouldn't have to do a root canal. It is now March 4, so it's been a few days and it hurts when I chew, and then it hurts for hours after. It's not a very strong pain, but it still hurts. It doesn't have pain to hot foods or cold foods, it just hurts when I eat or drink anything, and then the pain persists for hours after.

Posted By : Skyler on 03-Mar-2013 04:29 PM
I got my braces on February 20th (only the top), and One of my top teeth hurt when i drink cold stuff and when i go outside in the cold. My other teeth are fine. Is this common? Should I worry?

Posted By : Dr.Ritz on 24-Feb-2013 09:33 PM

No, it is not normal. It means that the tooth is infected and needs the root canal treatment. So go to the dentist and get the X-ray done and find out about the infection. If it is really infected then you have to get the root canal treatment followed by the dental crown.


Posted By : Lynn on 14-Feb-2013 08:40 PM
Hello Dr. Ritz, One week ago my dentist repaired my tooth ( half of it was broken off) by filling it with white filling. I have been having dull/gnawing pain in my gums and sensitivity on the side of my face. I have never tried to eat on that side. Could you tell me if this is normal? Thank you.

Posted By : Dr.Ritz on 21-Nov-2012 10:31 PM

Hi BETTY,A common cause of persistent toothache after filling is that tooth decay bacteria may have reached the pulp chamber and infected it.This could happen if the dentist does not remove successfully all the decayed tissue before filling the tooth allowing the decay to continue to destroy the tooth under the filling.The toothache is usually constant,especially when eating.Another possibility is that the decay was too close to the pulp and some bacteria had already managed to reach the pulp through the porous dentine but had not given symptoms of tooth infection until the tooth was filled.Whatever the cause of the tooth infection,a root canal is necessary to save the tooth and relieve this type of tooth pain after filling.Request your dentist to take an x-ray of the involved tooth to find out whether the infection has reached the pulp or not.Hope that helps.Good luck!!


Posted By : Betty on 20-Nov-2012 11:52 PM
I took my daughter into the dentist for a routine checkup and was told she needs fillings. She was not in any type of pain. The dentist put in three white fillings and left her mouth dry with grit that she had to spit out. A few days later my daughter complained to me about her teeth hurting but he was holding her jawbone. I called the dentist and we went in for a second visit. During this visit they drilled some more on her teeth and told her to take some ibupro. The pain persisted and so i took her back again. They said they could not see anything wrong. I went to another dentist who did not want to be involved in the situation and told us to get some sensitive toothpaste.That works for a while but if she use any other kind of toothpaste the pain returns. What can I do! my daughter is only 17 and now she may be facing loosing a couple of her back teeth!

Posted By : Dr.Ritz on 02-Sep-2012 11:03 PM

Dear KAREN, It seems that your filling is bit high that might be impinging on the crown on the opposite tooth. I would advise you to schedule a visit to dental office and for safety reasons get an Xray before the treatment.


Posted By : Karen on 02-Sep-2012 02:52 PM
I have 2 fillings on the upper right side of my mouth the two teeth right in front of the molar. They don't hurt when I eat, but the tooth right below them, which has a crown and a root canal which was done over a year ago is the tooth that hurts when I eat. It is throbbing. The fillings were done 6 days ago. Why would my bottom tooth be hurting so bad?

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