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Dental Filling Dos And Don't

Experiencing discomfort or pain after a dental filling is not uncommon and can be managed with proper care and attention. Here’s a more detailed guide on what to expect and how to navigate the post-filling phase:

Pain After a Dental Filling

After receiving a dental filling, you may experience pain or discomfort, particularly when biting down or chewing. This could indicate that the filling is too high, causing uneven pressure on your teeth. Contact your dentist promptly to have the filling adjusted or reshaped. A high filling not only affects your bite but also increases the risk of cracking or damaging the filling.

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Pain in Teeth Beside the New Filling

It's not uncommon to experience referred pain in the adjacent teeth following a dental filling. This discomfort is typically temporary and should subside within one to two weeks as your teeth adjust to the new filling. If the pain persists or worsens, call us for further evaluation.

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Sensitivity After A Dental Filling

Sensitivity to hot, cold, or air may occur after a dental filling, especially if the filling is deep or close to the nerve. This sensitivity typically resolves within a few weeks as the tooth adjusts to the filling. In the meantime, consider using toothpaste formulated for sensitive teeth and avoid consuming extremely hot or cold foods and beverages. If the sensitivity persists beyond two weeks or becomes severe, consult your dentist for further assessment.

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Toothache After A Dental Filling

While some discomfort is normal after a dental filling, persistent or severe toothache may indicate underlying issues such as deep decay or nerve damage. If you experience throbbing, sharp pain, or constant discomfort after the filling, contact us for an evaluation. You may require additional treatment such as a root canal to address the underlying cause of the pain.

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Dental Filling Sharp Edge or Discomfort

It's not uncommon to notice sharp edges or discomfort around the filled tooth once the anesthesia wears off. This discomfort may be due to uneven edges or rough surfaces of the filling. Contact us for a follow-up appointment to address any sharp edges or discomfort associated with the filling. Our dentist can make necessary adjustments to ensure a comfortable fit and minimize irritation to the surrounding tissues.

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Treating Future Cavities with Dental Fillings

If you have a history of dental fillings and experience sensitivity or discomfort after the procedure, discuss alternative filling options with your dentist. Some individuals may have adverse reactions to certain types of fillings, and our dentist can recommend alternative materials that may be better suited to your needs. Additionally, wet may apply additional preventive measures such as a base, liner, or desensitizing agent to protect the tooth and minimize post-filling sensitivity.

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When to Eat After Dental Filling

The type of filling material used can influence your dietary restrictions following the procedure. For composite fillings, which we use 99% of the time in our clinic, harden instantly under a curing light, you can typically resume eating and drinking immediately after the procedure. However, for metal fillings, which may take longer to harden, it's advisable to wait at least 24 hours before consuming solid foods. To prevent accidental biting of the cheek, tongue, or lips while the anesthesia wears off, wait until the numbing sensation subsides before attempting to eat.

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Foods to Avoid After Dental Filling

In the days following a dental filling, it's important to avoid certain foods that may exacerbate discomfort or dislodge the filling. Hard, chewy, or sticky foods should be avoided, as they can place undue pressure on the filling and increase the risk of damage. Additionally, if you experience sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures, it's advisable to avoid consuming extremely hot or cold foods and beverages until the sensitivity subsides. Stick to soft, easy-to-chew foods initially, and gradually reintroduce harder textures as your mouth heals.

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Use Painkillers If Needed

Over-the-counter pain relievers such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen can help alleviate post-filling discomfort and inflammation. Follow the recommended dosage instructions provided on the medication packaging, and avoid exceeding the maximum daily dose. If you have any concerns about taking pain medication or experience persistent or severe pain despite medication, contact your dentist for further guidance.

By following these do’s and don’ts after a dental filling, you can promote healing, minimize discomfort, and maintain optimal oral health. Remember to attend follow-up appointments as scheduled and communicate any concerns or unusual symptoms to your dentist promptly for appropriate evaluation and treatment.

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