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Why does my molar hurt after a dental filling?

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Published At May 17, 2023
Reviewed AtFebruary 2, 2024

Patient's Query

Hi doctor,

I had a filling done in one of my molars. Two weeks later, I was still in pain and ate Advil per day. I went back to my dentist, and he filed down the filling, apparently my teeth were hitting on the tongue side instead of the cheek side. This correction almost immediately eliminated hot and cold sensitivity, and I weaned myself off NSAIDs within a week. I am chewing more normally now, but I still have pressure sensitivity in that tooth. Even something as small and soft as a sesame seed can set off pressure pain.It has been almost seven weeks since the original filling.

  1. Is this within the window of normal healing?
  2. Do you think the teeth are still meeting improperly?
  3. Should I give this dentist a third chance to get it right, or ask someone else in the practice?

Thank you.


Welcome to icliniq.com.

If you are feeling there is something between your teeth when you chew that means the high point is still there. In case you put pressure on teeth, the boring pain means still there is a high point in the filling. This is not anyways under the normal windows of dental practices, normally there should be no pain, in case there was high contact point pain it should have gone within a week.

Thank you.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Muzaffer Hussain Parray
Dr. Muzaffer Hussain Parray


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