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3 Top Reasons a new dental filling hurts

Dental Fillings

Nearly every person has had a dental filling at some point in time.  Sometimes, those fillings just don’t feel right.  The tooth may be causing pain on chewing, sensitivity to biting, or is causing constant pain.  We’ll discuss here the top 3 reasons for a new dental filling to hurt.

1. The Filling is too High

The filling maybe too high causing the tooth to make contact first ever so slightly, each time you bite.  After a while the tooth’s nerves send signals that it’s being overloaded causing discomfort each time you bite.  

This is the most common reason for a new filling to cause discomfort.  It’s also the easiest one to resolve.  The filling just needs to be polished down a bit by your dentist.  The patient’s bite usually feels better immediately.  The tooth recovers from the trauma in just 1-2 days.

2. The Dental Filling is too close to the nerve

When a Cavity is very deep, the dentist has to drill close to the nerve.  The nerve doesn’t always respond well to the drilling if its too close.  Placing a filling very close to the nerve can also cause the nerve to act abnormally or the nerve can die off over time.  It’s best to take x-rays of deep dental fillings routinely to make sure the tooth is healthy.  Symptoms of a tooth with a deep filling such as throbbing pain or lingering sensitivity to hot or cold lasting 15 seconds or longer, signify the tooth likely needs a root canal.  

3. The Dental Filling is causing food impaction

When a tooth cavity extends to between teeth, it’s very important to have a filling that makes a tight contact with the tooth next to it.  You want the contact to be so tight that you can hear the floss snapping when passing through.  If the contact is too wide, the floss is not getting much resistance then food will be getting in between teeth at each meal.  This can irritate the gum causing gum discomfort, swelling, or even an abscess.  

This dental filling should get redone if possible to make a tight contact between teeth.  If for some reason the dental filling material is unable to close the space between teeth, a porcelain crown or onlay maybe needed.

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About Dr. Peter Mann

Dr. Peter Mann

Having completed NYU School of Dentistry and a General Residency program in Kings County hospital.  Dr. Peter Mann has trained with some of the top world renowned dentists.  Being recognized in 2009 with a fellowship award from the (ICOI) International Congress of Oral Implantology and in 2012 with a fellowship award from the (AGD) Academy of General Dentistry.   

In 2009 Dr. Peter Mann decided it was time to achieve his vision by opening his dental office to provide outstanding dental services to NYC residents.  Smile Arts of NY is located  in the heart of Manhattan on E. 40th between Madison and Park ave.

Originally born in Ukraine, when iron curtain of communism collapsed his family took the opportunity to pursue the American dream by moving to New York. Dr. Peter Mann has lived in New York ever since, for over 33 years. His goal is to provide excellent dental experience for his fellow New Yorkers.

Dr. Mann lives minutes from the office. Patients undergoing treatment have his cell phone number and can always get in touch with any questions or concerns. It’s not unusual to see Dr. Mann arriving after hours to help a patient with an emergency.