How To Deal with a Toothache after Filling
- Sensitivity to hot or cold food/ drinks. Maybe you wanted to treat yourself to an ice cream after your dentist appointment but find that once the cold comes in contact with your freshly filled tooth, it hurts.
- A throbbing type of pain that occurs when the treated tooth is exposed to air.
The dentist was supposed to remove the decaying portion of your tooth, right? So there shouldn’t be any cause for pain.
However, the truth is that experiencing pain and discomfort after having a tooth filled by your dentist is actually quite common.
What causes tooth pain after filling?
Before your tooth is filled by your dentist, they have to remove any decaying matter present. This process usually goes right down to the root of your teeth. Because of this, the nerve points in your teeth are exposed to a little rough treatment because of the dental procedure- drilling, scraper, even intensive laser treatment. It’s natural for those nerve points to still be sensitive even after your dental treatment is finished.
Dealing with pain after tooth filling
Tooth pain after filling isn’t unusual, and having any kind of toothache is something we need to deal with. The pain and discomfort after a filling go away on their own by the next day, but sometimes it can last for around a week. Here are different ways that you can deal with the discomfort:
Tips you can follow
- Avoid eating foods and drinks that are hot or cold. Let the nerve points in your tooth have some time to recover from being exposed, don’t shock them. Stick to foods that have a mild temperature.
- Don’t chew on the side where the tooth that was just filled is located. Eat soft foods or foods that won’t need that much chewing. No need to put unnecessary pressure on the nerves that are still sensitive.
- You can try using special toothpaste made specifically for sensitive teeth. This type of toothpaste contains a desensitizing agent that help reduce pain and slightly numb the tooth.
- Gently brush and floss your teeth to get rid of any food particles that may be stuck in between your teeth.
Take over-the-counter pain medication
To deal with this discomfort, you might need to drop by your drug store and buy some over-the-counter toothache pain medication.
- Ibuprofen or Naproxen Sodium
These are two of the common non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) that you can buy. Other similar medications are the best for toothache pain.
- Non-NSAID Acetaminophen
This medication is more for temporary relief.
If you can’t take Ibuprofen or are allergic to aspirin, the next best thing is paracetamol.
Check your drug store for oral gels or creams that benzocaine as the main ingredient. This is usually found in formulas used for teething babies. These gels/ creams can be used for temporary pain relief.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Make sure to consult your dentist first before taking these medications. Also, keep in mind to strictly follow the directions for dosage and other instructions that are indicated on the packaging.
Try home remedies for toothaches
- Gargle with salt water
This is considered one of the first go-to home treatments that are easy to do for tooth pain relief. Mix around half a teaspoon of salt in a glass of warm water and use this solution as a mouthwash. The salt water acts as a natural disinfectant to fight any infections and also helps to get rid of any food particles that might be stuck in your teeth.
- Gargle with hydrogen peroxide
Mix some water with a 3% hydrogen peroxide solution and use it as a mouthwash. It will help to relieve pain and gum inflammation. This remedy can also help to reduce plaque.
Garlic is well known for its medicinal properties. Crush some garlic and apply it to the affected area. It can get rid of any unwanted bacteria and can also relieve your tooth pain.
- Clove oil
This oil is known to effectively numb pain and reduce the swelling of your gums. One way to use it is to soak a cotton ball in clove oil and apply it to the area where the pain is coming from. You can also add a drop of clove oil to some warm water and use it as a mouthwash.
- Peppermint tea bags
These can be used to both relieve tooth pain and to help soothe sensitive gums. Apply a used tea bag to the affected area. A tea bag should be allowed to cool before application so that it is still warm. Alternatively, a used tea bag can also be placed in the freezer for a few minutes so that it is slightly chilled when it is applied.
A few drops of thyme essential oil along with a little water soaked into a cotton ball can be applied to the tooth. You can also mix a drop of thyme oil to a glass of water and use this mixture as a mouthwash. Thyme has powerful antioxidant and antibacterial properties that are helpful in treating tooth pain.
- Vanilla extract
Vanilla extract also contains an amount of alcohol, which can be useful in numbing pain you experience from a toothache after filling. It also has some antioxidant properties that encourage the healing process. Vanilla extract can be applied by dabbing some onto your finger or soaking a cotton ball in the extract to be placed in the affected area. This can be done a few times per day.
If a toothache after filling lasts for more than two weeks, be sure to schedule a visit to your dentist as soon as possible. There might be an underlying problem that may need to be treated by your dentist.