Is the weirdness of a new filling normal and temporary?
October 14, 2010 2:47 AM Subscribe
Should I be able to feel the edge of a filling with my tongue?
posted by lollusc to health & fitness (14 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I just got my first ever filling today. It is on the back of a front tooth (the tooth chipped randomly as I was brushing my teeth this morning, yeah, WTF?)
After the dentist finished, she asked me if it felt smooth. It felt a million times better than the rough chipped surface did beforehand, so I said yes.
But ever since (about 10 hours now), my tongue keeps returning to the "seam" of the edge of the filling and running along it, worrying at it, etc. It feels like there is some alien object stuck to my tooth and my tongue wants to try and remove it - like when food is stuck in your teeth. I am trying not to do this, but it's really hard to stop. Two of the edges of the filling feel like this, while the other two are almost unnoticeable.
So I am wondering now whether she didn't polish it as smooth as was possible, and whether I should go back and ask her to smooth it out more. Or is it normal to feel like there is something weird in your mouth with a new filling? How long will it take before I stop noticing it? I have no idea what is normal here and I don't want to be a pain in the butt to my dentist if I'm obsessing over nothing. But I also don't want to keep poking at it with my tongue until I actually do some damage.
It's a composite (white) filling, in case that's relevant. I didn't have anaesthetic, so the weirdness isn't a side effect of that. And there is no pain.