Aftercare for Dental Fillings

Posted on: September 6, 2018

Dental fillings serve as a solution for tooth damage or decay by helping to restore their normal function and appearance. After the restoration procedure, it is essential that you take immediate care of the filling, both for short and long-term purposes. Maintaining optimal oral health will help reduce the chance of future cavities and avert potential impairment to the new filling.

Tips on the Aftercare for Dental Fillings

After the filling, your number will still be numb for another one to three hours. Try to resist the temptation to chew on the numb area since you are likely to bite your lip, tongue, or cheek, causing severe injury. If possible, sleep until the anesthesia wears off. It is normal for your tooth (or teeth) to be sensitive to cold, hot, or pressure days after the procedure. Be cautious of hot drinks because it would be difficult to discern the temperature and you may burn yourself. The sensitivity should stop after a couple of days, although it could take weeks in some cases. Also, hot or cold food or drinks may compromise the bonds used for the fillings. The bonding usually takes up to 24 hours to solidify, which means you should only take warm meals during this period. 

Towards the end of the anesthetic effect, it is normal to perceive sharp or itchy pain, but it should stop in no time. The moment you feel normal, examine your bite. If you sense that any of the affected teeth seem misaligned or do not bite down properly, contact the dentist to make the appropriate correction.

If amalgam fillings were used for the restoration, do not eat meals that require hard bites or chewing in the first 24 hours. Biting on hard food may damage the filling or fracture your tooth. Take only soft foods and liquids, especially if the filling is on either side of the mouth. For composite fillings, you can start chewing immediately the numbness fades away. The anesthetic injection point may still be sore, and gum tissues may be irritated over the following days. If those symptoms do not stop after a few days, contact the dentist. Get pain medications if necessary. You can use over-the-counter pain relievers for any inflammation or pains you feel after the treatment. However, talk to your dentist to know which drug to use.

Daily brushing and flossing are essential to maintaining optimal oral health. Poor dental hygiene may reduce the quality of your dental filling. If cavities occur again due to bacteria accumulation, a filling may not be enough to save your teeth again. Maintaining a healthy diet is essential care for dental fillings. Sugar, beverages, and acidic foods are leading causes of a cavity. Avoid grinding your teeth. If you are continually grinding or clenching your teeth, the filling may damage. To avoid teeth grinding, talk to your dentist about getting a mouth guard.

We are always ready to answer your questions about dental fillings!

Regular checkups are essential in the first few weeks of getting dental fillings. If complications occur or symptoms persist, contact your doctor immediately. Do not wait until it worsens.

For more information or to schedule an appointment with Edison Dental Health Center, request an appointment in our Edison dental office here: Alternatively, call us at (732) 738-5650.

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