Getting fillings is a pretty common procedure, but what should you do after treatment?
Most adults have at least one filling. Although they are not the worst possible thing you could have done at the dentist, they’re not a lot of fun. If you don’t care for them, you might land yourself back in the big chair for further treatment such as root canals. Today on the Defacto Dentists blog, we’re looking at aftercare for fillings.
Watch out for your Lips, gums and tongue!
Your anaesthesia will wear off in approximately 1 to 3 hours after the procedure. It is very important not to chew on the numb side until the anaesthesia wears off. This will ensure you don’t accidentally bite your lip, tongue or gums! In this time, your tongue and gums may not be able to gauge temperatures accurately. Avoid hot drinks and hot foods until the anaesthesia has fully worn off.
When can I Eat?
Fillings shouldn’t alter your ability to eat. It is preferable to wait a couple of hours after getting a filling before you eat. With composite white fillings, you can eat right away. With silver fillings, you should try to avoid chewing on it for around 24 hours. Avoid hard or crunchy foods and if possible, chew on the opposite side of your mouth. Remember that your fillings may be sensitive to temperatures, so ensure that food has cooled before eating.
My tooth feels sensitive, is this normal?
Your tooth (or teeth) may be sensitive to hot, cold or pressure after receiving a filling. This is completely normal. The possible symptoms of hot, cold or pressure sensitivity will cease within a few days to a couple of weeks. In very few instances, this sensitivity could last longer than a couple of weeks. As long as your teeth or gums are continuing to feel better, (not staying the same, or getting worse) everything is fine, and there is no need for concern.
My bite feels funny, what should I do?
Once the anaesthesia has worn off, if you feel as though any of the teeth we have worked on are hitting first when you bite down, speak to your dentist as soon as possible. This imbalance with your bite may cause further discomfort and should be adjusted.
I’m still feeling pain, after my anaesthetic has worn off…
The gum tissue could have been irritated during the procedure and may be sore for a few days. The anaesthetic injection point may also feel sore or bruised. Any pain can be remedied with over the counter pain medicines. If it does not eventually subside, contact your dentist as soon as possible. For out of hours information, call NHS 24 on 111.
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