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Do's and Don'ts After Dental Fillings

Do's and Don'ts After Dental Fillings

If you develop a cavity, getting a dental filling placed by your dentist is a necessity. Our Weyburn dentists offer some advice about do's and don'ts after a filling. 

Be careful about eating after a dental filling.

Depending on the type of filling that was placed, it's advised to be cautious about what you eat immediately after the procedure. Since composite white fillings harden instantly under the blue light your dentist uses, you can eat and drink immediately following the procedure.

Some good choices for foods to eat following a tooth filling include soup, scrambled eggs and crackers that aren't too dense. Look for food that requires minimal chewing.

If after your procedure, however, there is pain and swelling, wait until it decreases before eating.

Metal dental fillings take a bit of time to harden, so most dentists recommend waiting at least 24 hours after receiving a metal dental filling to eat solid foods.

To avoid biting your lips, cheek, or tongue, you will likely want to wait until the local anesthetic wears off before trying to eat. Ask your dentist for advice about when is the best time to eat after your dental filling has been placed.

Don't eat sticky, hard or chewy foods (up to 2 weeks.)

It might also be a good idea to refrain from hot or cold drinks and foods for a few days following a dental filling. Sticky, hard or chewy foods are also discouraged - for up to two weeks. Anything that will require you to take hard bites and chew a lot (e.g red meat) is probably not a good idea at first.

You’ll also want to avoid highly acidic foods to prevent infection. 

Take over-the-counter painkillers for pain, discomfort or sensitivity after a filling.

You may experience some mild to moderate discomfort and pain following the filling. Most of the time, you should notice pain and swelling decrease within 12 hours and you can eat without experiencing tooth sensitivity, or irritation around the area.

Take over-the-counter painkillers with ibuprofen or acetaminophen to alleviate any physical pain or discomfort after a dental filling.

In the event, pain, sensitivity or discomfort do not disappear after 24 hours, contact your dentist to schedule an appointment to check on your filling, to ensure that infection is not developing.

You can immediately brush your teeth or floss after a filling.

Did you know that you don’t have to wait to brush your teeth or floss after a dental filling? Take care to brush gently and floss carefully around the tooth and you should be able to keep the area clean as usual.

Do contact your dentist if you experience a persistent toothache

Though it's true that you may feel some mild pain or discomfort, a persistent sharp or throbbing toothache can indicate that the decay has reached your tooth's pulp. You may need a root canal. Contact your dentist, who can address it for you promptly.

Do you need to book a dental hygiene appointment? Please contact our Weyburn dentists today.

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