I have pain in the tooth even after it is filled. What is wrong with it?

Q. I have pain in the tooth even after it is filled. What is wrong with it?

Answered by
Dr. Akhil K P
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Feb 16, 2018 and last reviewed on: Oct 28, 2022

Hello doctor,

I went to the dentist three weeks ago and had some pain in my top molar and there turned out to be a cavity which I had filled and fixed but a few days later I started to feel the same pain in the tooth and went back to the dentist and he said he could not find anything wrong. I have this flap feeling on the top tooth and it is causing discomfort and pain to that area but nobody can tell me what is wrong with it. I think I may have a crack or some type of nerve ending there and it is really bothering me.



Welcome to icliniq.com.

I understand your concern. The possible causes of pain in your teeth which are filled could be multiple.

  1. It can be due to a filling which is too close to the pulp (the live portion of the tooth).
  2. A restoration which irritates the pulp.
  3. An overfilled restoration.
  4. An improper filling in which the infection was not completely removed before filling.
  5. The reason could also be something which is not related to your current treatment at all like a periodontal pocket or a crack in your teeth too.

A thorough checkup is required to reach a right diagnosis. However, if you find your current dentist is not able to help you out, visit another local dentist and tell your concerns. If you have an X-ray of the tooth, please upload it and I can help you rule out some of the causes.

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