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Caring for Your Tooth after a Filling

Posted on 11/15/2015 by Anthony M. DiCesare
A diagram of a silver filling inside a patients tooth.Fillings are pretty standard procedures. Even so, there are certain steps that you'll need to take to care for your tooth after the procedure and in the future. Find out how to best care for your tooth after a filling.

Dealing with Pain and Discomfort

It is perfectly common to experience mild or moderate pain and discomfort after your filling. However, this is often short-lived and will be gone in a couple of days. If you had a deep filling located close to the tooth nerve, the prior inflammation of the tooth may lead to added pain, and if you are feeling uncomfortable, feel free to take an over-the-counter pain reliever like aspirin or ibuprofen.

Caring for Your Mouth

After your filling, you'll be able to brush and floss your teeth as normal. However, take care if the anesthetic hasn't completely worn off yet so as to not injure your mouth. Continuing to brush and floss your teeth well will help to prevent against future cavities.

Once the anesthetic has completely worn off and you can feel your entire mouth, you can usually go back to eating a normal diet. Composite fillings are set hard, so you'll be able to chew and eat as normal. That being said, you may still wish to cut up hard foods rather than biting into an apple or hard chocolate bar immediately following your procedure. Likewise, if you've had a silver filling, you should wait for at least two hours before chewing on that side of your mouth.

Other Concerns
Fillings are designed to be strong, but you should be sure to avoid activities that could damage them. Try not to chew on ice or other hard items. Remember that your teeth aren't tools, so don't open bottles with your teeth, as the added stress could cause damage.

If you have additional questions about how to care for your tooth after a filling, call our office for guidance.

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