Post-Op Fillings

Composite (White) Fillings:
  • Your filling is completely set and you may eat immediately after treatment.
  • Be careful not to bite or chew your lip, cheek, tongue while you are still numb.
  • The numbing in the upper jaw will last approximately 2 hours, and the numbing in the lower jaw will last up to 4 hours. Eat soft foods until the numbing wears off. Avoid hot drinks or foods until the numbing is gone. 
  • Sensitivity, especially to cold, is common following a filling. The sensitivity may last several days to several months depending on how deep the filling is. The sensitivity is usually most noticeable in the first 12 to 24 hours after the numbing wears off and then disappears slowly. 
  • The gum tissue may be irritated during the procedure and may be sore for a few days. The site where the anaesthetic injection was given may also be sore for a few days.
  • Please continue with normal brushing and flossing – 45 degree angle brushing twice a day and flossing once a day to avoid getting a cavity or gum disease around the filling. 
  • The finished filling may be shaped 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. 
Amalgam (Silver) Fillings:
  • Do not bite together hard or eat on new amalgam fillings for 2 to 3 hours. Do not eat hard or very crunchy foods for 24 hours.
  • Be careful not to bite or chew your lip, cheek, tongue while you are still numb.
  • The numbing in the upper jaw will last approximately 2 hours, and the numbing in the lower jaw will last up to 4 hours. Eat soft foods until the numbing wears off. Avoid hot drinks or foods until the numbing is gone.
  • Sensitivity, especially to cold, is common following a filling. The sensitivity may last several days to several months depending on how deep the filling is. The sensitivity is usually most noticeable in the first 12 to 24 hours after the numbing wears off and then disappears slowly. 
  • The gum tissue may be irritated during the procedure and may be sore for a few days. The site where the anaesthetic injection was given may also be sore for a few days. 
  • Please continue with normal brushing and flossing – 45 degree angle brushing twice a day and flossing once a day to avoid getting a cavity or gum disease around the filling. 
  • The finished filling may be shaped 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.

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