My dentist replaced the silver filling with a composite one on my bottom right second molar two weeks ago. When I wake up in the morning, I do not feel pain. But I have moderate tooth pain when I chew. The tooth is also sensitive to cold food or drinks. By the end of the day, I feel spontaneous mild pain and discomfort around my jaw and some tingling and numbness that radiates to my chin. I take ibuprofen if the discomfort bothers my sleep.
The dentist who placed the filling is a new dentist for me, so I want some advice on whether it seems that I will need a new filling or if something else is going on. I hope to resolve this soon because I plan to go out of town in mid-April. Could this issue become so severe that I need an extraction and implant? – Thanks. Simeon from CA
Thank you for submitting your inquiry. Dr. Sirin would need to examine your tooth and x-rays for an accurate diagnosis. But we will use the information you provided to explain what might be causing your pain and sensitivity.
See your dentist for lingering discomfort after a filling
Sensitivity and pain after a new tooth filling can have several causes. We will review the symptoms you described.
If you have pain after getting a new tooth filling, the type of pain helps determine the cause:
Sensitivity or numbness after a tooth filling has different causes.
Although most of your symptoms should improve, you can follow up with your dentist regarding the spontaneous pain. Irritated or infected tooth pulp will need root canal treatment, which helps prevent tooth removal and an implant.
You also can consider getting a second opinion or scheduling an appointment with an endodontist (root canal specialist). It is best to follow up promptly to avoid a dental emergency while traveling.
Elgin, Illinois, dentist Dr. Steve Sirin sponsors this post.