Have you ever experienced the unpleasant feeling of tooth ache while drinking hot or cold beverages or eating a hot meal or ice-cream? Most of did. Tooth pain and sensitivity are two common issues that are likely to happen after several different dental treatments and procedures. Deep dental cleaning and dental fillings are two dental procedures which often lead to tooth pain and sensitivity. So, the question is: What causes tooth sensitivity and pain after the dental work is done?

In most cases, the root of this problem is found in the irritation of tooth nerves. More specifically, a tooth becomes sensitive if one or more nerves in its pulp are damaged. This leads to another question: What is a tooth pulp? A tooth pulp is one of the three main parts (the two others are dentin and enamel) that consist the tooth structure. It is a soft structure that is consisted of nerves and blood vessels.

When certain nerve is irritated or damaged it becomes hypersensitive, meaning that they “respond” to the smallest temperature variations, sending pain information to the brain. According to the experienced dentists, nerve irritations and in rare cases nerve damages, happen inadvertently when working on dental fillings, veneers or crowns. However, as they point out, these problems do not occur in 100% of the situations.

Understandably, the main question in respect of this issue is how long the tooth pain or sensitivity will last. What you need to know is that there are many factors that influence this question. First, the degree and duration of the pain depends on the degree of nerve irritation and tooth decay as well as the actual place of tooth decay. If the decay is not located in the tooth pulp, it will take you several weeks for you to feel a total relief from the discomfort caused by the pain and the sensitivity.

Also, the deeper and the closer to the nerves the dental feelings are made, the higher the chances are that you will experience pain and uncomfortable tooth sensitivity afterwards. It is normal for this problem to persist for up to two weeks, with gradually decreasing of the degree of pain and discomfort you feel. But, if you notice that the pain after the dental fillings procedure doesn’t go away with the time, you should consult with your dentist in order to provide you further option for dealing with the problem. Depending on the degree of pain you experience and the damage done during the procedure, there are three possible solutions for the problem: Re-filling the dental fillings with other material; providing a temporary soothing restoration of the teeth and in most serious situations performing certain root canal treatment.

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