How Long Does a Tooth Hurt After an Inlay Is Placed? By Patrick Casey on January 22, 2023

illustration of an inlayAt Smile Montreal in Montreal, QC, Dr. Charles Casey and Dr. Patrick Casey place inlays to treat teeth that have been injured by decay or injury. In this article, we discuss one of the most common questions patients have after treatment: how long does a tooth hurt after an inlay is placed?

It is normal to experience some sensitivity or mild discomfort for a few days after getting an inlay, but the exact length of time can vary depending on several factors. In general, most people find that any discomfort or sensitivity gradually subsides within a week or two after the procedure.

Factors That Affect the Timeline

Certain factors can influence how long a tooth hurts after an inlay is placed:

  • The extent of the decay or damage to the tooth before the inlay was placed. If the tooth was severely damaged, it may take longer to fully heal and recover.
  • The skill and technique of the dentist. A skilled dentist will take care to minimize any trauma to the tooth during the procedure, which can help to reduce discomfort and promote faster healing. At Smile Montreal, our dentists have decades of experience and use the latest technology to minimize discomfort before and after your procedure.
  • The size of the inlay. Larger inlays may cause more discomfort than smaller ones, especially if they are placed on a molar or premolar.
  • The individual's pain tolerance. Some people may be more sensitive to discomfort than others, so the length of time that a tooth hurts after an inlay can vary.

If you experience severe or persistent pain after an inlay, it is important to contact your dentist right away to rule out any potential complications or issues. In most cases, however, any discomfort should be mild and temporary, and can be managed with over-the-counter pain medications or other home remedies recommended by your dentist.

How to Reduce Discomfort After Inlay Treatment?

If you are experiencing discomfort after inlay treatment, there are several steps you can take to reduce your symptoms and help speed up the healing process. Here are some tips for our Montreal patients:

  • Take pain relievers: Over-the-counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen can help alleviate pain and reduce swelling. Be sure to follow the dosage instructions on the label and check with your dentist if you have any concerns about medication interactions.
  • Use a cold compress: Applying a cold compress to the affected area can help to reduce inflammation and numb the pain. You can use a cold pack, a bag of frozen peas, or a washcloth soaked in cold water. Apply the compress for 15 to 20 minutes at a time, with a 20-minute break in between.
  • Avoid hard or crunchy foods: Stick to soft, easy-to-chew foods for a few days after the procedure. Avoid hard, crunchy, or sticky foods that can put pressure on the inlay and cause discomfort.
  • Practice good oral hygiene: Keeping your teeth and gums clean can help prevent infection and speed up the healing process. Be sure to brush and floss gently around the inlay, and rinse with warm salt water to promote healing.
  • Rest: Get plenty of rest and avoid strenuous physical activity for a few days after the procedure. This can help your body focus on healing and reduce any discomfort or inflammation.

Contact Our Practice

Contact Smile Montreal today if you are experiencing pain after inlay treatment. You can call us at (514) 937-6558 or send us a message online.

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Dr. Charles Casey & Dr. Patrick Casey

Smile Montreal

Our team of dental professionals is focused on patient care and comfort. Our dentists use the latest techniques and innovative technologies to provide fast and efficient treatment. Dr. Patrick Casey is a member of a number of international associations, including:
  • Academy of General Dentistry
  • International Congress of Oral Implantologists
  • Academy of Laser Dentistry
  • International Academy of Orthodontics
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