Many people wonder what they should do when they come home from the dentist after getting a filling and notice that their bite isn’t quite right. If you end up having problems with a filling, it’s always best to check back with your dentist to see if you have a high filling.
If your filling is high, the dentist can simply smooth it down. Smoothing down a filling is usually a quick procedure and doesn’t require any injections.
Here are seven problems that a high filling can cause.
Problems That a High Filling Can Cause
Keep in mind that some people with a high filling may experience many of these problems while others might not go through any of these difficulties.
1 – Biting Pain
The ligament may become inflamed around the tooth, causing the tooth to hurt when you bite down on it. This may affect the tooth with the high filling, but it can also affect other teeth if the high filling has thrown off your bite.
2 – Aching and Sensitivity
The tooth may develop pulpitis. It could become sensitive to hot and cold or it may simply ache.
Find out more about pulpitis here.
3 – Excessive Tooth Wear
The tooth can wear down rapidly. Also, other teeth may wear down if the high filling causes you to shift your bite slightly.
Learn about the four ways that your teeth get worn down.
4 – Loose Teeth
The tooth can become loose. If the high filling causes your jaw to shift, other teeth can become loose if they are subjected to high forces that didn’t exist before the high filling.
5 – Muscle Pain
The muscles in your jaw can ache because your bite has changed and the muscles are forced to adapt after so many years of moving your jaw in it’s natural bite. This can make it difficult to open your mouth and/or chew your food.
6 – TMJ Problems
Problems with your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) can occur due to the abnormal movement that now takes place due to the high filling.
7 – Headaches and Stress
The muscle pain coupled with the TMJ pain can bring on headaches and increased stress in your life.
Don’t Ignore a High Filling
If you think that you have a high filling and you are in pain, it’s a good idea to get it checked out before a small problem turns into a bigger one.
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