Depending on the specific dental procedure you have undergone, there is often likely to be some pain, soreness or sensitivity in the affected area for a few days afterwards as your body continues to heal. However, sometimes you may notice different types of pain appear, perhaps in an area that you wouldn’t expect. Or, maybe the pain you felt immediately following the treatment has continued to get worse, rather than better, in the days following. This can sometimes be a sign that there is an underlying infection or a more serious issue or condition.
We always recommend that if you experience pain that doesn’t go away after a few days, gets worse or is combined with other symptoms, you should always return to your dentist to seek advice and possible further treatment.
One of the most common types of post-dental work pain, which might be in relation to many different types of treatment or procedures, is pain or noticeable sensitivity. This could be pain after dental work like fillings or other restorative dentistry, or it could be that you notice pain around a tooth that was treated. If the pain gets worse or seems to spread, it could be a sign of infection and you should consult your dentist as soon as possible.
Infections and pain after dental treatment are not always a sign that your dentist has done something wrong or caused further problems through negligence, but if the standard of care you received was not up to scratch, and you have suffered as a result, you may be able to make a claim for dental negligence.
Some dental patients experience gum or mouth pain after dental work simply because the treatment they received has left the area a little sore or sensitive. This is to be expected for many types of dental procedure and isn’t necessarily a sign that anything is wrong. However, if the pain doesn’t improve after a few days, this can be as sign that there is another problem.
Some people find that the roof of their mouth is sore after dental work. Most of the time, this is nothing to worry about and will get better on its own, but if you experience this or sore gums after dental work that gets worse or are accompanied by other symptoms – like swelling, bleeding or pus in the area – you need to consult your dentist as soon as you can.
When local anaesthetic is used for a procedure some patients may feel pain at the injection site after dental work. This pain should reduce within a few days of the dental treatment. If it doesn’t go away, or gets worse, you should go back to your dentist to see if there are any other issues.
If your dentist hasn’t taken the care they should have during your dental treatment, or has made a mistake during a procedure, it could be possible that they have caused you an injury. If this has happened to you and you have suffered further problems or need significant additional treatment to resolve the issue, you may be able to make a dental negligence compensation claim. Contact us for a free initial consultation to find out if you have a claim.
If your gum soreness is simply the body healing itself after your dental treatment and is not a sign of additional conditions or an infection, there are several things that may help with swelling and gum pain. These include: