Dental filling helps to restore damaged or decayed teeth back to their normal appearance and function as well as prevent further tooth decay.
There are several dental filling materials you can choose from, such as composite fillings, porcelain fillings, gold fillings, glass ionomer fillings, and silver amalgam fillings, etc.
To learn more about the different types of dental fillings, visit our composite fillings page.
However, there are some factors that may affect your choice of dental filling materials. These factors include the cost of the filling materials, the position of the tooth that needs the filling, and the extent of the repair, etc.
However, irrespective if the dental filling material, a filling will remain a filling and would not function perfectly like the natural tooth, even when the composite fillings look exactly like the natural tooth.
As a result, there are some things that must not be done with your dental filling as you would with your natural teeth in order to prolong the lifespan of the dental filling or to avoid further dental problems.
After placing your dental filling, your dentist would give you some instructions on the oral health practices that you must follow. Here are also some basic things that you must observe after receiving the dental filling.
Be Mindful Of What You Chew
If possible, avoid chewing with the side of your mouth that holds the temporary filling. After receiving the dental filling, you may feel numbness at the affected mouthpart. Ensure that you avoid chewing food on the numb side. If you do this, you may end up biting lips, cheeks, or tongue. But if you receive the dental filling on both sides of your mouth, you would have to wait till the anaesthesia wears off before you attempt eating.
More so, try as much as possible to avoid hard, sticky, or chewy foods for at least two weeks after the dental filling, especially if you’ve got a silver amalgam filling. If you are experiencing excessive teeth sensitivity after the filling, you may need to avoid taking too hot or too cold foods and drinks.
Avoid Biting Too Hard On Any Object
Make sure that you don’t bite too hard on any object. Biting too hard with your teeth can damage the dental fillings. The dental filling can only handle slight pressure. Besides, the larger the filling, the weaker it is. So, ensure that you take your bite gently with the filled tooth to preserve your dental filling.
Be Gentle When You Brush and Floss
After the dental filling, it’s absolutely fine to brush your teeth and you don’t need to wait for some time before brushing. However, you may need to be careful not to brush the filled tooth the same way you brush your natural teeth. To be on the safer side, make use of a soft-bristled toothbrush, and brush the filled tooth gently, but thoroughly.
You would also need to be careful when flossing around the newly filled tooth. For instance, if your dental filling extents to the edge of your tooth, instead of pulling up to remove the floss from in-between your teeth, you would need to pull it out the side so as to prevent the floss from ripping off the filling and pulling it out.
Avoid Grinding Your Teeth
If you are in the habit of grinding your teeth, an abnormal dental condition known as bruxism, you may end up cracking and chipping off your new dental fillings as well as wearing down the surfaces of your teeth. In case you can’t help yourself but grind your teeth, we can help you to fit a mouth guard to protect your teeth.
To learn about other useful tips on how to brush your teeth after the dental filling, visit our dental filling page or book an appointment with one of our professional dentists today.
What to Eat After Dental Filling
The kind of foods that you may eat after a dental filling actually depends on the type of dental filling you received. For instance, white dental filling that is made up of composite fillings hardens immediately when cured with blue light. As a result, you should be able to eat and drink instantly after the filling procedure.
Whereas, metal fillings do not harden instantly, so you may have to wait for about 24 hours after the dental filling procedure before eating any solid food. You may also need to wait till the local anaesthetic wears off before you eat so that you can avoid biting your lips, tongue, or cheek.
Foods to Avoid After Dental Filling
Your dentist would recommend that you avoid any sticky, chewy, or hard foods after receiving the dental filling for at least two weeks. Avoid hot or cold foods and drinks if you experience tooth sensitivity.
If Necessary, Use Over-The-Counter Painkillers
The dental filling, being a medical treatment, may cause some pain and physical discomfort. So, you can use ibuprofen or acetaminophen to ease you of any pain or physical discomfort that you may feel after the filling procedure.
Check out our dental filling page to learn more about composite fillings as well as what happens during the dental filling procedure.
If you still experience signs of a toothache after the dental filling i.e. constant pain, sharp pain or throbbing, this may be a likely sign that the tooth decay has gone deep into your tooth pulp. And in such a case, you may need to undergo a root canal treatment. If you think this may be the problem, make sure you contact your dentist as soon as possible.
Dental Filling Sharp Edge
If you notice that the dental filling seems too high or you feel some sharp edges that need to be levelled out. Quickly contact your dentist to ensure that this issue is addressed immediately.
Are you nervous about receiving a dental filling treatment? At Dentist Tomball Tx we offer sedation dentistry to help you relax during the procedure.
If you still have any question about what to expect during and after the dental filling procedure or you would like to schedule an appointment with our professional dentist, please contact us today.