A great many of us have been recipients of dental fillings at some point. In spite of great efforts to brush, floss, and visit the dentist regularly, cavities can still happen to anyone. Do you have any recollection of the dentist putting a piece of paper in your mouth and asking you to bite down after the filling was in place? Some form of this question generally follows: does that feel too high? Your Wilkes-Barre dentist, Dr. James DeFinnis, will explain to you what a high filling is, and what to do if your filling doesn’t feel quite right, or is causing you pain.
Identifying a High Filling
Unfortunately, because the mouth is generally numbed with local anesthetic for a filling, it can be difficult for a patient to identify the placement while still sitting in the dentist’s chair. Since getting a filling, or any dental work, isn’t generally something people look forward to, when the procedure is over, most patients are ready to go home as quickly as possible. However, several days later, the patient might notice that the filling touches opposing teeth sooner than the rest of the teeth surrounding it. This creates a feeling of an uneven bite, and while it may not seem like a huge deal, a high filling can sometimes cause pain.
What Should You Do if Your Filling is Too High?
With high fillings, your periodontal ligament can become tender from the stress every time you bite down. The clinical term for this is acute apical periodontitis or symptomatic apical periodontitis. If pain follows your appointment to get a filling, your dentist will likely have a fairly quick solution. The process of grinding the filling down to make it level should only take a few minutes. Once the filling is correct, your periodontal ligament may still need a little time to heal from the irritation, but you are likely to feel much better within two weeks.
Contact Your Wilkes-Barre Dentist for Restorative Dentistry
We offer fillings and other restorative dental procedures at Back Mountain Dental. For more information, contact our Wilkes-Barre dentist office at 570-763-4360 for a consultation. We’ve made hundreds of people smile in Wilkes-Barre, Scranton, Dallas, and the surrounding neighborhoods.