What's it Like After Getting a Filling?
After getting a filling, it's possible that you could experience some changes in sensation on the tooth, but these symptoms usually don't last long and fade with time. For example, some people feel sensitivity to pressure, air, sweet foods or cold foods after they receive a filling. Usually, this sensitivity will decrease in 1–2 weeks. However, if you experience immediate pain and extra pressure when you bite down after getting your filling, it's possible that the filling is too tall. This is more common than you might think but your dentist can easily correct it.
In some cases, people might experience a sharp shock feeling, called galvanic shock after getting a filling. This kind of shock is caused by two metals (one in the newly filled tooth and one in the tooth it's touching) producing an electric current in your mouth. This would happen, for example, if you had a new amalgam filling in a bottom tooth and had a gold crown in the tooth above it.
Are you still feeling pain after 2 weeks? While uncommon, extreme or prolonged sensitivity might mean you need to pay your dentist another visit. Some reasons might include needing to use a different filling material in the future or replacing the filling, adding a base, liner or desensitizing agent to the tooth. In some cases, if your filling is too deep, your dentist might recommend a root canal treatment.
Fillings shouldn't keep you from wearing your smile proudly. So, whether you need a filling now or in the future, you can feel confident about the process and what to expect from your appointment.