Composite Filling

  • The filling is fully set and ready to eat on when you leave the office. When anesthetic has been used, your lips, teeth and tongue may be numb for several hours after the appointment. Avoid chewing until numbness has completely worn off. It is easy to bite or burn your tongue or lip while numb.
  • You may take any over the counter pain reliever for tenderness or discomfort. You may take Ibuprofen (Advil or Tylenol), unless you are allergic to these medications or have a medical condition that would prevent you from taking these medications. This will help with any soreness at the injection sites where your anesthetic was administered. To further reduce pain and swelling, rinse three times a day with warm salt water; dissolve a teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water, then rinse, swish, and spit. It’s important to continue to brush and floss normally.
  • Sensitivity is usually most noticeable the first 12-24 hours after the anesthetic wears off. You might experience sensitivity especially to cold, is common for a few days following a dental filling. Usually the deeper the cavity, the more sensitive the tooth may be. The gum tissue could have been irritated during the procedure and may be sore for a few days together with the anesthetic injection site. Children should be observed until the anesthetic wears off. Due to the strange feeling of the anesthetic, many children will chew the inside of their lips, cheeks, or tongue which can cause serious damage.
  • The finished restoration may be contoured slightly different and have a different texture than the original tooth. Your tongue usually magnifies this small difference, but you will become accustomed to this in a few days. One of the most common problems following filling placement with anesthesia, is an incorrect bite. If your bite feels uneven please call our office so we can get you scheduled to correct your bite.
  • Avoid hard, chewy, or sticky foods. Try to avoid foods that are hard, chewy, or sticky for a few days after a filling. Foods such as candies, granola bars, and raw vegetables can cause potential problems, including pulling out the filling.
  • Biting hard foods can fracture your filling or your tooth. Sticky foods can adhere filled tooth surfaces for a long time and make them more susceptible to cavities.
  • Food stuck in between the teeth can weaken a filling and puts you at higher risk for more cavities. To avoid this, rinse your mouth out after every snack or meal and use fluoridated mouthwash after brushing and flossing.
  • Fillings do not last forever. Like a new set of tires, fillings can wear and breakdown. Proper brushing and flossing is recommended to help you retain your fillings Having your teeth cleaned at least every six months and an exam and x-rays every year will help prolong the life of your fillings.