If you’ve ever gotten a cavity, which you most likely have, that means you’ve also gotten a dental filling. These are super important to prevent any more tooth decay from growing or spreading. So because of the importance dental fillings have in our mouth, there are also certain precautions you should take in order to best take care of your new filling.
You should never experience pain after a filling, you may still feel numb from the procedure, but that will wear off soon enough. In the worst possible case scenario, you may feel a bit of sensitivity for a few days or so following the procedure. If you’re concerned that your sensitivity is more intense or long-lasting than you would hope, don’t hesitate to call your dentist immediately.
You should wait a few hours before eating and drinking. This is mostly, so the anesthesia doesn’t affect the way you eat too much. The numbness in your mouth can lead to a messy meal! Consume soft foods if possible and avoid cold or hot foods as they can irritate the space around the filling.
There can be an imbalance in your bite when just receiving a filling. Be sure to let your dentist know while you’re still in the operating chair if you feel your bite different from when you came into the dentist. Again, with pain, don’t hesitate to call your dentist and let them know to see if it is a problem that should be handled by them.
As a parent, be sure to observe your children and how they are treating the mound part of their mouth. Make sure he or she do not chew on their cheek while they can’t feel it.
If you or a member of your family needs a dental filling themselves, we at Ramona Dentistry of Chino, CA would be more than happy to assist you. Our experience over the years has allowed us to turn common everyday dental procedures into great experiences. Give us a chance to show you how much we care for our patients and how our gentle care and touch translates into our work. Give our office a call today to schedule an appointment!