What to expect after a filling appointment
- If the dentist has used a local anesthetic to numb the area treated, the numbness in your lips, teeth and tongue may last for several hours after.
- To avoid ulceration to your tongue and lips, you should avoid any chewing until the numbness has completely worn off.
- It is normal to experience some sensitivity to hot, cold and pressure after your appointment and it t is not uncommon for the tooth to be sensitive for several days. You may experience some soreness in your gums. Feel free to take a pain killer after the anesthetic has worn off if this is the case.
- White fillings set completely after they are placed, so as soon as the numbness from the anesthetic subsides, you can chew as you would normally. If your bit feels uneven, or if you have any questions or concerns about your new filling, be sure to give your dentist a call.
- A minor adjustment is usually all it takes to make you comfortable. If you do not do this, your tooth will become irritated and a toothache could result.
- Most Dental practices will give you a follow up call will in a week to ensure everything has settled and you don’t have any concerns.
- Deep Fillings that are placed very close to the nerve have the potential risks where the tooth might be sore for several days and you might need to have a root canal treatment.
- Large fillings will in the long term require crowns.