Do fillings hurt?

Does a fillings treatment hurt?

Fillings are required when cavities form in your mouth, due to plaqueA soft sticky substance that accumulates on teeth composed largely of bacteria and bacterial derivatives. building up and the tooth decaying. This usually occurs due to your diet, poor oral hygiene, or both. To avoid any further problems arising or disease spreading the dentist will fit a filling into your tooth. This restabilises your tooth and protects it against further infection or damage. However, if you are receiving fillings for the first time, you may be concerned about pain. The good news is you have nothing to worry about.

Primarily, when the procedure is being carried out your dentist will use a local anaesthetic to numb the area they will be working in. This means you will not be able to feel the fillingA lay term used for the restoring of lost tooth structure by using materials such as metal, alloy, or porcelain. been fitted. There may be a slight sting when the anaesthetic is injected, however this is very short lived.

Following the treatment, the anaesthetic will wear off and your mouth may feel a bit sensitive. This is completely normal and within a few days this should wear off. If you are particularly concerned, then your dentist may recommend some painkillers that will reduce any potential pain.

If the pain does not subside and grows worse, then please contact your dentist as soon as possible. It could be that the filling needs to be adjusted and this is causing the discomfort. Please bear in mind that fillings still need to be cleaned and treated in the same way as your natural teeth. They are not permanent and will likely need to be replaced in the future, however, the more care you take with them the more likely you are to prolong their effectiveness.

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