Home Care After Receiving White Fillings
We use a local anesthetic to thoroughly numb the area we treated. This numbness in your lips, teeth and tongue will begin to wear off in approximately 30 minutes to an hour. Until that time, avoid all hot foods or liquids and do not chew on anything. This will prevent accidental burning or biting of your lips, cheeks or tongue.
White fillings set completely immediately after they are placed, so as soon as the numbness from the anesthetic subsides, you can chew as you would normally.
You may experience some minor sensitivity to temperature and pressure for a few days. If your filling was especially large, it is not unusual to experience some sensitivity for a week or two. If you do experience any symptoms that seem unusual, please let us know. A simple adjustment of your bite may be necessary.
You can also expect some soreness in your gums for several days. Rinsing your mouth with warm salt water can help to alleviate discomfort and swelling. Dissolve a teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water, and then gently swish the water around the tooth and spit.
If sensitivity persists for more than a week, call the office and let us know. An adjustment of your bite may be necessary.
If your bite feels uneven, or if you have any questions or concerns about your new fillings, be sure to give us a call. If the tooth persists with symptoms, then it may be possible that it require more than just a filling.