It's a satisfying feeling to have your dentist fill a cavity, given that you'll know you've taken a big step toward improving your dental health. While you'll normally give the tooth filling little to no thought in the days that follow the procedure, there's a chance that you might experience some type of issue with the area. Don't just ignore whatever you're noticing. Instead, call your dentist's office and explain the issue. In many cases, the dentist will ask you to revisit so that he or she can inspect the filling and deal with whatever you're experiencing. Here are some issues that you can feel free to report.
When a dentist fills a cavity, he or she then smooths down the filling so that your bite is the way that it was before your appointment. In some cases, there might be a little too much material left on the filling, which can create a different sensation when you bite. For example, if the filling is on the right side of your mouth, you may feel as though when you bite, your left-side teeth don't make firm contact with each other. If you encounter this issue, your dentist will remove extra material from the filling to give you more of an even bite.
Your dentist will also endeavor to ensure that there aren't any rough edges left on the filling and will frequently ask you to assess the area during the appointment by rubbing your tongue around it. While you might give the filling your seal of approval in this regard initially, it's also possible that you'll notice some degree of roughness in the day or two that follow your appointment. A rough area can irritate your tongue as well as rip dental floss. Don't hesitate to book an appointment for the dentist to smooth this area.
It's normal for the area around a filling to feel a little sensitive after the procedure and once the freezing wears off. However, this feeling will normally subside in a short amount of time. If you've noticed that the affected area remains sensitive for several days or perhaps even longer after your initial appointment, it doesn't hurt to call the clinic to explain the issue. There are many reasons for a tooth to be sensitive, and your dentist will assess the area to determine the reason for this feeling.