16th April 2023

I just had a filling and now my teeth are grinding?

Last Modified: May 4, 2023

Can Fillings trigger Bruxism?

Dental fillings restore damaged teeth and prevent further decay, but they can sometimes trigger teeth grinding (Bruxism). This is because the process of getting a filling involves removing part of the natural tooth structure, which can alter the position of the lower and upper teeth when biting.

If the filling changes the way the teeth fit together, it can cause the muscles in the jaw to become overworked and fatigued, leading to Bruxism.

Additionally, the tooth may become more sensitive to hot and cold temperatures, which can lead to discomfort or pain, this may also cause the person to grind their teeth as a way to ease the discomfort.

Lastly, getting a filling can cause someone stress and anxiety, which can lead to Bruxism

Is it normal for teeth to feel weird after Filling?

Yes, it is quite common for people to experience some strange sensations in their teeth after getting a dental filling. This is because the procedure involves the removal of a part of the tooth, which can lead to temporary sensitivity, discomfort, or soreness in the treated tooth. Additionally, different filling materials may cause your teeth to feel different than usual.

For example, silver amalgam fillings may conduct hot and cold temperatures differently than natural teeth, causing sensitivity.

The Best Materials for Dental Fillings to Avoid Bruxism:

Here are some top materials for dental fillings that can decrease the risk of Bruxism:

  • Composite resin - a material that looks like teeth and can be attached directly to the tooth. It's made of plastic and glass, and is less likely to cause sensitivity or bruxism.
  • Porcelain - another material that looks like teeth, and it's less likely to cause Bruxism. It's strong and can be made to match the colour of natural teeth.
  • Gold - although it doesn't look like teeth, gold is strong and long-lasting. It's an excellent choice for fillings in the back of the mouth, where strength is important.
  • Ceramic - looks like teeth and is becoming more popular because of its durability. It's also unlikely to cause Bruxism, making them a good choice for dental fillings.

This article was read and reviewed by the face of DR Aesthetica himself - DR Baldeep Farmah.

Why am I experiencing tooth pain under my Filling?

Tooth pain under a filling can be caused by many factors, and it's essential to identify the cause to treat the pain. Here are some possible reasons for tooth pain under a filling:

  • Tooth decay - can cause pain and sensitivity.
  • A Cracked or broken filling - can create a space for bacteria to enter, leading to pain.
  • Allergic reaction - in some rare cases, an allergic reaction to the filling material can cause pain and discomfort.
  • High filling - if the filling is too high, it can cause pain when biting down.
Woman with sensitive teeth after a filling

Effects of Teeth Grinding after Filling on Oral Health:

Teeth grinding after filling can have adverse effects on oral health. Here are some potential consequences:

  • Cracked or broken teeth - the pressure caused by teeth grinding can cause cracks or fractures in the tooth, which may give your dentist more work to do.
  • Loosened fillings - teeth grinding can cause fillings to become loose, leading to further decay and potential infection.
  • Increased sensitivity: - teeth grinding can lead to sensitivity in the affected tooth and surrounding teeth.
  • Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) - the pressure caused by teeth grinding can cause TMJ disorder, leading to pain and difficulty in jaw movement.

It's essential to address teeth grinding after filling to prevent these potential consequences.

Potential solutions?

You can view a list of potential treatments for Bruxism here

However do you Want a treatment that:

  • Lasts approximately 6 months?
  • Only requires 24 hours of downtime
  • Is so painless that it requires no anaesthetic
  • Displays results by 4 weeks

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Post Reviewed by: Dr Baldeep Farmah
Medically Reviewed on: 16th April 2023
Dr Baldeep Farmah is the Medical Director and lead Doctor of Dr Aesthetica, a Medical Aesthetic Clinic.

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