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Are you experiencing tooth pain after filling? A tooth filling is a standard dental procedure. When your tooth starts decaying or a cavity occurs, dental fillings come to the rescue. It is a pretty simple procedure where your dentist cleans out and removes the cavity after numbing the area around the decayed tooth. It is then filled with new material of your preference (gold, silver amalgam, or porcelain).

Why Is There Tooth Pain After Filling? What do I do now?

Sometimes, a dental filling isn’t the end of your toothache! There is more of it that follows. So if you are still suffering from tooth pain after filling, there might be a few reasons for it. It usually results from sensitivity due to triggers such as hot or cold foods, bite pressure, etc. We will list the triggers down for you:

1. Hot or Cold Triggers:

When something hot or cold touches your filling, it results in sharp, intense pain.
Solution: Remove the trigger. The pain will subside quickly.

2. Bite-pressure Trigger:

If your tooth hurts after biting down or when it comes in contact with another tooth, it is most likely due to the bite pressure. This can be a result of the filling coming in between your bite.
Solution: Visit your dentist to reshape your filling. Remember, if it persists, that may hint toward additional problems.

3. Ill-fitted or Cracked Tooth Filling:

Your tooth filling can develop cracks or wear away due to pressure, grinding, or chewing. Sometimes new fillings fall out or loosen, which can occur due to various reasons, including ill-fitted tooth filling. The bacteria and food particles can make their way into the gaps between your tooth filling and the enamel layer. This can lead to further decay and pain.
Solution: Visit your dentist for a filling replacement.

4. Allergic Reactions to Filling Material:

Tooth pain after filling can also be a result of an allergic reaction to the filling material, usually silver amalgam. Amalgam allergy poses similar symptoms to skin allergy, like skin rashes or itching.
Solution: Visit your dentist to confirm the allergy and use another material for filling.

5. Referred Toothache:

If pain or tooth sensitivity occurs in another site instead of the one that received filling, you may have referred toothache. Your treated tooth is redirecting the pain signals it receives to other teeth.

Solution: It is probable that there is no problem with your teeth. The pain will reduce in a couple of weeks on its own.
These are the common causes of tooth pain after filling, each of which can be reduced. However, there might be a constant throbbing toothache, which indicates that the decay is too deep to be treated with filling. You might have to get a root canal, so if this is what you are experiencing after a few weeks of a dental filling, visit your dentist immediately.


Many people complain of their teeth hurting after filling. Try to avoid the pain-causing triggers and practice good oral hygiene. If your pain persists long after filling, visit your nearest dentist. Angleton Family Dental And Orthodontics is always here to help, contact us at 979-308-4450

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