After a dental filling

  • Avoid biting or sucking a numb lip, cheek or tongue until the effects of the local anesthesia disappear (normally after 3 to 4 hours). Also, avoid hot drinks or food if you are very numb.
  • Continue to brush and floss normally after meals and before bedtime.
  • It’s normal to experience some sensitivity to heat, cold and pressure after your appointment. You can also expect some soreness in your gums for several days.
  • White filling (composite): White 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.
  • Amalgam filling: With silver fillings, you shouldn’t chew hard foods or chew directly on the new fillings for the first 24 hours. If possible, chew only on the opposite side of your mouth.

Call our office if…

  • Your bite feels uneven.
  • If the soreness or sensitivity lasts for more than a week.
  • You have any questions.
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