Cavity is the major cause of loss of teeth and is a widespread disease affecting people of all ages. It is possible for the problem to be dealt with timely if one visits his/her dentist on regular bases.
Treatment of Dental Cavity
Dental cavity is treated differently depending on the severity of the condition and the extent of damage to certain tooth structures. In majority of cases dental filling is the treatment of choice. The procedure includes removing of the decayed portions of the affected tooth following by filling the hole which prevents bacteria from entering further and causing more damage to deeper structures of the tooth.
There is a range of fillings available some of which are gold, silver amalgam, composite resins and porcelain filling. Still, even if the tooth has been treated there is one complication that may occur soon after the procedure. Namely, the treated tooth may become sensitive.
Causes of Sensitive Teeth after Filling
There are several potential causes of why teeth become sensitive once they have been treated.
Persistent Problems inside the Tooth
One of frequent scenarios is spread of the infection from superficial parts of the tooth to the pulp. So, if the cavity is completely removed and the infection remains inside the deeper structures of the tooth affecting the pulp, patients may feel pain after the hole is closed. This situation requires additional opening of the tooth and most frequently additional treatment such as root canal treatment.
Irritation of Deeper Tissues
The size of the cavity filled may be an underlying cause of problems with sensitive teeth. If the size is big, the filling will cause more irritation to nerves. In this case the unpleasant sensation slowly subsides, after several days. In order to prevent such sensation, dentist may put medicated fillings.
Inadequately Molded Fillings
In some cases it is not possible to adjust the filling to patient's bite because of previously applied anesthesia. Because of that the filling may be badly molded and subsequently be blamed for sensitive teeth. So, by making corrections on the filling, the unpleasant sensation will be eliminated.
Filling Components Sensitivity
The problem is sometimes associated with allergy people have to certain filling materials. This is why it is essential to report all the allergies prior this dental procedure and prevent unpleasant sensation. Fortunately, there are enough different types of dental fillings and one will be suitable for each individual.
Inadequately Performed Procedure
Finally, it is best to engage a well experience dentist, the one with adequate expertise and who will apply the correct technique and use the most adequate filling. By doing so, one needs not to worry about whether the procedure will be done professionally or it will need to be redone.