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The average amount of money left by the tooth fairy in 1900 
was 12 cents. 
In 2014 
it was almost 
5 dollars.
The Statue of Liberty’s mouth is 3 feet wide. 

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WHY DOES MY TOOTH HURT AFTER A FILLING?

by Dr. Mitzi Roberts on 05/15/16


It is not unusual for teeth to hurt after a filling or crown. If the filling is deep, or near the nerve or pulp, the filling may ache or be sensitive for several days or weeks. When the cavity is close to the nerve, the body will build a layer of dentin over time to insulate itself from the pain transmitted to the nerve from the filling. Here are some usual reasons fillings will hurt after a tooth is filled:

1) Normal response to the trauma, this pain should subside in several days or weeks.

2) If the tooth hurts only when you bite, the filling may be too high, especially if this is in the first or only tooth you hit when you bite.

3) If the tooth hurts when you eat sweets, this usually means the filling is leaking or there may be another cavity near this tooth.

4) If the tooth aches or throbs for no reason, or it wakes you up at night, then the nerve may be dying and the tooth may need root canal treatment.

5) If the tooth hurts after cold foods or drinks but then subside, this is called a hyperemic pulp. This is a good sign. Although, this is annoying, when a tooth aches to cold but the pain quickly subsides, then there is a good chance the tooth will heal over time.

6) If the tooth hurts with hot foods or drinks, and cold makes it feels better, this is not good, and the tooth usually needs root canal treatment. Pain to hot foods indicates the nerve is dying and will eventually need a root canal treatment.

Every tooth is different!  Always call our office with any post-treatment questions you may have.  We can let you know if your symptoms are normal, or if you need to seen again in our office.