After getting a filling, you may find that your tooth, and sometimes the rest of your mouth, tends to be a bit sore. This is because the nerves of the tooth were manipulated during the filling, plus because you had to hold your mouth open at an unusual angle for a period of time.
If you notice that your mouth hurts after a filling, usually over the counter medications are enough to give you relief. Here are a few options to consider.
How to Keep Your Pain Down After a FillingOver the counter medications such as ibuprofen and naproxen sodium are the best options when it comes to keeping the pain down during the first 24 hours after a filling. This is because they both are anti-inflammatories and they will keep swelling down. Without swelling, there should be little or no pain after your filling is done.
Ice can also help when it comes to managing any discomfort after a filling. Depending on how large the filling was, it may be touching the root of your tooth, which could cause a substantial amount of pain.
By using ice on the outside of your jaw where you got your filling, you can help to numb down the root and decrease your pain significantly. Put it on for 10-15 minutes, then remove it for about the same amount of time. Repeat this as necessary during the first 24 hours.
If your pain becomes extreme, or these measures do not help, contact us. Our office is always here to answer questions for you. Pain following a filling is normal to some extent, but extreme pain is not common. We will likely have you come in so we can take a peek at what is going on so we can help alleviate your pain.
If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call us at (503) 675-4594 today.