Quick Answer: How Long Will A Deep Cavity Filling Hurt?

two to four weeks

Does a deep filling hurt?

Causes of Tooth Pain After Fillings

Tooth sensitivity: A tooth that has just had a filling placed will be more sensitive to hot foods and cold foods, air temperature, and the pressure of biting. This type of tooth pain after filling a cavity should resolve within a few weeks.

What to expect after a deep filling?

Signs the Tooth Should Settle

A short lasting hypersensitivity reaction to heat, cold and sometimes pressure, which subsides once the stimulus is removed, is normal following a deep filling. This may last for several weeks. A gradual lessening of the severity of the reaction is a sign that the pulp is healing.

Can a deep cavity be filled?

The simple answer is that a cavity is decay nearer to the surface of the tooth, not in the root, and can easily be fixed with a filling. When a root canal is needed, there is severe decay and an infection deep in the tooth pulp that will become worse over time.

What does a high filling feel like?

A dental filling that is too high can result in pain when you bite down, as the ligaments around the tooth can become inflamed and sore. You may also start to clench or grind your teeth in response to the pain and discomfort that you feel when biting. • Headaches.

How do you know if a filling is going bad?

Some of the most common signs that a dental filling needs to be replaced include: Sharp pain when biting down or chewing. Distinct change in texture. Graying in the tooth enamel around the filling.

How do you know if your filling is cracked?

Signs Your Filling May Need to Be Replaced

  • The filling is cracked. Wear and tear can eventually cause fillings to crack.
  • Your tooth hurts. If you have a crack in your tooth, you may develop a cavity under the filling.
  • You feel pain when you drink cold beverages.
  • Your old filling has changed color.
  • Your filling has fallen out.
  • Your filling is old.

Can I brush my teeth after a filling?

You can resume brushing twice a day and flossing daily immediately. You may be sensitive to hot and cold foods and beverages for up to 3 weeks after a filling has been placed. A tooth is more likely to be sensitive if it had a deeper cavity. If you have pain with biting after a few days, call our office.

What can I eat after fillings?

What to Eat If You Have

  1. scrambled eggs.
  2. oatmeal.
  3. soup with soft vegetables or pureed or cream soups.
  4. soft cheeses, including cottage cheese.
  5. smoothies and milkshakes.
  6. pudding and custard.
  7. meatloaf.
  8. mashed potatoes.

How many times can a filling be replaced?

Depends on if it is a small filling or large. If it is small it can be replaced three or four times if it is large then maybe once it can be replaced. Usually silver amalgam fillings last a long time and white composite fillings last up to 6 years.

What happens if a cavity is too deep?

Leaving cavities alone will allow bacteria to penetrate deeper and deeper into the tooth, letting the cavity increase in size. Eventually, the cavity could grow large enough to crack the tooth. The bigger the cavity, the bigger the problems associated with it will be.

How do you know if your cavity is deep?


  • Toothache, spontaneous pain or pain that occurs without any apparent cause.
  • Tooth sensitivity.
  • Mild to sharp pain when eating or drinking something sweet, hot or cold.
  • Visible holes or pits in your teeth.
  • Brown, black or white staining on any surface of a tooth.
  • Pain when you bite down.

What does a bad cavity look like?

She reported that the most common early symptoms of cavities are a “chalky white or discolored spot on a tooth” and “sensitivity to cold.” Bad breath and or a bad taste in the mouth are also symptoms.” Cavities on the front teeth are the easiest to see and will look like a brown or black spot.

Why does my filling feel weird?

An irritated nerve

The nerve inside the tooth may take a few days to heal. Short-term tooth sensitivity after a filling usually occurs because the filling procedure has aggravated or caused inflammation in the nerve inside the tooth.

Do fillings fall out?

Permanent fillings become loose and fall out for many reasons. Finally, biting hard food can loosen of the filling. A filling falling results in exposure of the interior surface of your teeth to bacteria and food particles. This leads to gradual decay and sensitive teeth.

How long do white fillings last?

Lack of durability — composite fillings wear out sooner than amalgam fillings (lasting at least five years compared with at least 10 to 15 for amalgams); in addition, they may not last as long as amalgam fillings under the pressure of chewing and particularly if used for large cavities.