When A Tooth Cavity Hurts Before and After Filling

Dental Fillings and Associated Pain

If you have pain in your teeth or in your gums, chances are you may have cavity symptoms. Pain is usually associated with the presence of a cavity, though not always so. The degree of pain may depend on the extent of your tooth decay, and the treatment required would also depend on how far gone is the decay. When you visit your dentist, a dental filling can be recommended as a treatment option.

Dental fillings can relieve cavity pain and they are commonly used. Firstly, your dentist will numb the area where there’s a cavity, clean out the decayed material, and apply the dental filling material sealing that affected area where the cavity had been. After you are done with the procedure, you thought your troubles are over. It can happen and it is not unusual that you experience pain after the fillings. Why is that so? There are some reasons why it happens.

Tooth Sensitivity after Fillings

One is tooth sensitivity. A tooth that has just had a filling will be more sensitive to hot foods and cold foods, air temperature, and the biting pressure. It should resolve within a few weeks. If not, contact your dentist. Another reason is cracked or loose tooth fillings. If the filling is not fitting properly to the tooth, or if it develops cracks. If you suspect that, contact your dentist. Another is an allergic reaction to tooth fillings. Some people have allergic reactions to the material used for their fillings, such as silver. Be sure you discuss known allergies with your dentist.

So what can you do? At least avoid hot and cold foods after you’ve had a tooth filling. Also, use a toothpaste designed for sensitive teeth; it can minimize sensitivity and tooth pain after filling.

You can reduce your risk of tooth pain after filling a cavity by avoiding common sensitive teeth triggers, including very hot or cold foods. In addition, toothpaste designed for sensitive teeth can help minimize the possible sensitivity and tooth pain after filling a cavity.

You might also experience soreness after a cavity filling, in fact, sore teeth and gums are common after many dental procedures. Whether you suffer from short-term sore teeth after receiving a filling or long-term sensitive teeth, it is important to follow a complete oral care routine.

  • Resort to gentle brushing with a soft bristle toothbrush.
  • Floss softly and gently as well using a floss that is shred-resistant.
  • Use a toothpaste for sensitive teeth.


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Wisdom Teeth: Extracting The Problem

Why Most Wisdom Teeth Have To Go

Wisdom teeth are a third set of molars in the back of your mouth, last to emerge in the dental arch, around the ages 17 to 21 years, making their appearance in the later teen years to early adulthood. With enough space left in the arch, assuming the jaws have reached their full growth, there should be no problem for wisdom teeth coming in. But wisdom teeth are known to create problems for a lot of young people.

Why do most people, including their dentists, want wisdom teeth out of the picture?

In many instances, wisdom teeth grow in impacted. They’re so far back in the mouth, they usually may not come in normally. They can be trapped in your jawbone or gums, which can be painful and lead to infection. Even if they are partially trapped, they can weaken the jaw bone and do future damage.

They come in at a wrong angle, pressing against other teeth causing crowding. As a result, you may not be able to reach your wisdom teeth with your toothbrush or dental floss. Without proper cleaning, they are usually the first teeth to develop cavities leading to decay, including gum disease. Their crooked appearance may only mean there is no longer enough room in your jaw bone for the third molar.

In addition, if you feel pain and there is infection during eruption of your third molar, there is gingivitis, or this tooth is going to compromise your normal bite or your normal alignment – the tooth has to come off. Some experts say that even if wisdom teeth do not cause problems in the youth, there is no evidence to show that they won’t be problematic in adulthood.

Wisdom teeth extraction is not a painful procedure, though there is some discomfort after the surgery. Your dentist will administer local or general anesthesia, or use IV sedation, in which case you are asleep throughout the procedure. In 45 minutes or less, it can be over, even if it involves two wisdom teeth with relative ease of removal. Just follow your dentist’s instructions for home care and you’ll be back to normal routine in a few days. There is no need for follow-ups, stitches will resolve on their own, swelling will subside. Complications are not common, but if they happen, just let your dentist know right away.


Wisdom Tooth Extraction? See our Bellingham Dentist

You might be experiencing the pain of wisdom teeth growing in and may or may not have complaints at all. Nonetheless, see us at Tetrick Family Dentistry for a consultation. Learn more if you need to need your wisdom teeth extracted.

When Your Gums Change Color

More Than Just A Color Change

Can you tell the health of your gums merely by their color?

Healthy gums should be somewhat a shade of pink. Gums may look lighter pink around the teeth and a bit darker pink in other areas. All healthy gums won’t look the same and may differ from person to person. Some have paler and some have darker gums. When your gum color starts to change, it may be time to see your dentist, especially if you notice any other symptoms.

What might be the underlying causes of gums changing color?

Anemia is one cause, when lack of oxygen causes tissues to become pale. Aside from pale gums, the anemic person suffers from general weakness, shortness of breath, yellowish skin and eyes, headaches and palpitations.

There may be some vitamin deficiency also, like iron, folate acid and vitamin B12 in an anemic person. These medical conditions can also lead to anemia: heavy menstruation, pregnancy, menopause, hypothyroidism, stomach ulcers, colitis, and certain liver, spleen, or kidney conditions. Chemotherapy can increase a person’s risk of developing anemia.

Another cause for anemia is oral leukoplakia which form uniform, thin, white patches on the gums that alternate with regular gum or mucous tissues. They can be raised, with red specks, or appear as white nodules; appearing anywhere in the mouth, they cannot be rubbed or scrubbed off. Alcoholics, smokers or those with poor oral hygiene can have them. Generally harmless, leukoplakia can be cancerous. They can be surgically removed if indicated.

Oral lichen planus are web-like, slightly raised white threads throughout the gums. They can be erosive involving ulcers or open sores, treatable using topical corticosteroids or systemic steroids. Though a biopsy may be necessary to rule out other medical issues, there is no cure for the condition. Symptoms can only be decreased as well as eating healthy and quitting smoking.

When do you seek medical or dental advice?

If you notice your gums are pale and they are accompanied by any or some of the following symptoms, you must seek consultation: bleeding, receding painful, tender or swollen gums, gum abscesses, bad breath, pain or discomfort when swallowing, loose teeth, a metallic taste in the mouth, pain in the jaw, or a fever.


Questions about gum health? Contact our Bellingham dentists.

If you are interested to know about the health state of your gums, make a visit to Tetrick Family Dentistry in Bellingham soon. Even if you don’t see symptoms, it’s always better to maintain and keep your gums healthy than later seek treatment.