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The First 24 Hours After Getting a Filling

Posted on 11/20/2016 by Anthony M. DiCesare
A woman receiving a dental filling.
Getting a filling is a pretty common procedure. It involves putting something in a tooth where previous decay was running rampant. While it is common, it can still come as a bit of a shock to some people that your tooth is going to be sore or sensitive after getting the filling done.

How you treat your tooth for that first 24 hours is critical to the longevity and the condition that your filling is able to stay in.

Making Sure to Be Careful During that First 24 Hours

In the first 2-3 hours following the filling, your mouth is still going to be a bit numb. Make sure you do not chew on the filling directly, or the tissues within your mouth. After that, you should still take care not to chew directly on the filling in order to let it properly set for an additional hour or two.

You need to avoid any type of crunchy or hard foods that could damage the filling. You also need to avoid sticky foods as they could pull the filling straight out of the tooth.

You may notice a bit of sensitivity to hot, cold, or tastes following a filling. That should diminish within a couple of days or up to a week or two. If you notice that after the first two weeks your tooth is still sensitive, call your dentist and let them take a look.

This can usually be rectified, and give you some relief. Getting fillings is something done by people around the world on a daily basis.

Know that you are not alone in dealing with the soreness that comes with a filling, but also know that it is something that will only last a short time. Contact our office if you notice anything off after getting a filling, just to be on the safe side.

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