What to Expect After a Tooth Filling
If you have just had a filling replaced by your dentist at Midtown Dentistry, you may be wondering what to expert after a tooth filling and how how you should take care of it.
We’ve put together a few essential instructions on what to do. Instructions after tooth filling are simple.
THE EFFECTS OF ANESTHESIA CAN LAST SEVERAL HOURS
- It’s important to take care after treatment until the numbness has worn away, as it’s possible to damage your lips, tongue, gums and even your teeth while still anesthetized.
- If your upper jaw is numb then you can expect this to last approximately one hour, while numbness in the lower jaw can last up to four hours.
- If you need to eat before the anesthetic has worn off, then it’s best to choose something soft, and to avoid hot drinks during this period in case you scald yourself.
- If you are looking after a child who has recently had a filling and who is particularly prone towards biting their lips or tongue, then just keep an eye on them until the anesthetic has worn off.
- If the numbness persists into the following day then please contact our dental office for further advice.
SORENESS AND SENSITIVITY AFTER A TOOTH FILLING
- It’s perfectly normal to notice your newly filled teeth are slightly sensitive to hot and cold foods, and to pressure in the first few days following treatment.
- These feelings should disappear within 72 hours, but the exact time frame can depend on the size and depth of the filling.
- Sometimes the sensitivity may persist for several weeks, but it’s generally most noticeable during the first 24 hours.
- If your tooth is sensitive for more than 10 days – Call us and return to the office
- It’s also quite normal to experience a little soreness around the gum, especially in the injection site and this may persist for several days.
COMPOSITE RESIN FILLINGS (TOOTH / COLORED AKA WHITE FILLINGS)
Once you leave our dental office your composite filling will be completely set, but although you may eat immediately after your appointment, it is best to wait until the numbness has completely worn off to avoid biting the inside of your cheeks, your lips or your tongue. Your filling may feel a little different to your remaining tooth structure, but this is something you should quickly get used to.
AMALGAM (SILVER COLORED) FILLING
- Avoid eating on your amalgam filling for the first two to three hours following its placement, or if you do need to eat then choose something soft and easy to eat such as soup.
- It is best to avoid hard or very crunchy foods for the first twenty four hours. This is because, unlike composite or tooth colored fillings, amalgam requires some time to ‘set’ before it reaches its maximum hardness.
- We will have checked your bite (the way your teeth meet together) before you leave our dental office, but very occasionally it might seem as if the
filling is too high.
- If this high feeling persists once the anesthetic has worn off, then it is a good idea to give us a call so it can be adjusted.
- It is important to do this as your new filling will not wear down, but the extra pressure could cause unwanted sensitivity in your teeth.
CARING FOR YOUR NEW FILLING
It is important to maintain good oral hygiene, and to make sure you brush twice a day and floss once-a-day around your new filling. Regular appointments at our dental office will allow us to check your filling is still ‘fit for purpose’ and that it is not leaking in any way. All fillings have a limited life span and do need replacing every few years.