If we used a local anesthetic, your mouth (including lips and tongue) may be numb for several hours following your appointment.
If you are supervising children who had fillings done, make sure they don’t bite on their numb lips or tongue (it may cause injury to their soft tissue).
Do not bite or chew directly on your newly filled tooth for 24 hours. If possible, try to chew on the opposite side of your mouth.
It is normal to experience some sensitivity to hot, cold, air, pressure, or sweet foods for up to 4-6 weeks following your appointment. There should be improvement as time progresses. Sensitivity toothpastes such as Sensodyne or Pronamel can reduce sensitivity significantly. If sensitivity persists or increases, call our office.
Your gums may be sore for several days. This will subside with time. Rinse three times a day with salt water (one teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water) to reduce pain and swelling.
Some patients experience referred pain. With this type of pain, you experience pain or sensitivity in other teeth besides the one that received the filling. There is likely nothing wrong with your teeth and the pain will go away on its own.
Please be aware that if the decay was very deep to the pulp of the tooth, the tissue may no longer be healthy and a root canal may be necessary.
Call our office is you are experiencing continuous aching, throbbing, or if it is keeping you up at night.