Jaw Pain After Filling – What To Do Next?

You should not be feeling any pain after getting that cavity filled. While this procedure should restore your tooth and minimize discomfort, there are times when you might have trouble post-procedure. So, in case it is happening, do not fret about it. Read along to learn ways to manage this issue.

Expectations after Getting a Dental Filling

To understand why this happens, we will start with some basics. The main purpose of a dental filling is to fill the cavity on the tooth enamel. Although it should resolve the problem, you may feel sensitivity in your teeth afterward. This change is expected. However, it should subside over time as your tooth adjusts.

But there are certain circumstances where tooth pain or gum inflammation takes charge around the filled area. This discomfort serves as a marker indicating that the filling has negatively affected your bite or that the hole in the tooth was deeper than expected.

Painful Jaw after Filling – Causes

Teeth sensitivity or toothache post-filling are common, but what is with jaw pain or tenderness? Surprisingly, this is due to filling gone wrong too. Extensive dental work holds your mouth open for a long time, which can lead to jaw soreness and muscle strain. It seems as if your jaw gets a little stuck, making it tough to open fully.

However, the good news is that a mild sore jaw due to dental work is normal and usually eases up very quickly. Still, if your pain gets worse, or doesn’t respond to OTC pain relievers, talk to a professional.

Methods of Relief

Fortunately, jaw pain that originates from a miscalculated dental filling usually resolves on its own in due course time. But what if it does not? Do not worry; here are a few ways you can try to get rid of the discomfort:

1. Apply Heat and Stretch

A stuck jaw will respond positively when heat is applied to the affected area. Other than that, you can also try gentle jaw stretching exercises to relieve the tension.

2. Over-the-Counter Pain Relief Options

OTC or non-prescription painkillers, such as ibuprofen, have proven to be effective in minimizing jaw pain following post-dental work.

3. Prescribed Muscle Relaxants

If OTC pain medication doesn’t work and pain persists, your dentist might prescribe a muscle relaxant to help alleviate the discomfort.

Closing Note

If you would like to learn more about dental filling and what we can do to help you ease the pain, contact Nimmi Shine Dental at either of the following locations: 9888 Carroll Centre Rd Suite #112, San Diego, CA 92126, United States. Number: (858) 999-8550

Dr. Joseph Mara

Dr. Joseph Mara

For more than 19 years, Dr. Joseph Mara has been a leading dentist in San Diego, providing affordable, gentle, and honest dental care. Driven by a commitment to patient’s trust and satisfaction, he undergoes continuous education and specialized training in oral implantology and endodontics. At his practice – Nimmi Shine Dental, convenience and comfort are paramount. Utilizing advanced technology such as the Vatech PaX-i3D Scanner and Computer Guided Implant Surgery, the clinic emphasizes efficiency and overall patient well-being. Call us today at (858) 999-8550 to schedule a consultation with our expert dentist.


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