Is it normal that my some of my teeth w/ fillings still hurt when I eat sweets?

I got some fillings because I had cavities that were painful before. There's less pain now, but if I eat something with sugar like a granola bar or a cookie, there's still some sensitivity.

Shouldn't the fillings be covering up the damaged parts of my teeth? I try to keep my teeth really clean now, and I'm worried about this.

Is It Normal?
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  • Hi! I'm a Registered Dental Assistant, so I have some knowledge but don't take this as a diagnosis, I'm just going off what I've seen.

    If the fillings are done correctly and the decay was completely removed, then yes, that should have taken care of the job. Did you have silver fillings and get composite? Those can remain sensitive for a while. Is there also sensitivity to cold and or hot? And do you have areas of gum recession or have you had a diagnosis of periodontal disease? Trying to help narrow down the cause.

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    • These are my first fillings, and they're composite. There is sensitivity to cold and/or heat.

      I haven't had gum recession or periodontal disease.

      Thank you.

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      • Ok, so composite fillings conduct heat and cold sensitivity very well. It will probably take a bit of time for them to setting down, especially if they were deep or large fillings. If the problem persists after a couple of months or gets to be too much to tolerate, then definitely give your Dr a call. Just a little tip: old school amalgam fillings last much longer and have less issues than the compost. All though they are prettier, they breakdown in about 5-8 years vs amalgam which last 15, 20+ years. You can try using some sensodyne toothpaste to see if it helps. That it's self will take about 4 weeks before you know if it helps.

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