Dental Fillings Post-op Instructions

We used a local anesthetic to thoroughly numb the area we treated. This numbness in your lips, teeth and tongue might last for a few hours after the procedure. To avoid damage to your tongue and lips, you should avoid any chewing until the numbness has completely worn off.

What if my filling hurts?

It's normal to experience some sensitivity to heat, cold and pressure after your appointment. You may also experience some soreness in your gums. Rinsing your mouth with warm salt water can help to alleviate discomfort and swelling. If the soreness or sensitivity lasts for more than a week, please call our office.

Do I have to be careful with my fillings?

Composite fillings set completely immediately after they are placed, so as soon as the numbness from the anesthetic subsides, you can chew as you would normally. If your bite feels uneven, or if you have any questions or concerns about your new fillings, be sure to give us a call.


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