Post-Op Instructions For Fillings
As with natural teeth, avoid chewing excessively hard foods on the filled teeth (hard candy, ice, raw carrots, etc.) because the resin material can break under extreme forces.
Composite fillings set up hard right away. There is no waiting time to eat. Children should be observed until the anesthetic wears off. Due to the strange feeling of the anesthetic, many children will chew the inside of their lips, cheeks, or tongue, which can cause serious damage.
Sensitivity to hot and cold is common for a few weeks following a dental restoration. Usually, the deeper the cavity, the more sensitive the tooth will be. If you feel the bite is not correctly balanced, please call for an appointment for a simple adjustment.
The gum tissue could have been irritated during the procedure and may be sore for a few days together with the anesthetic injection site. The finished restoration may be contoured slightly different, and have a different texture than the original tooth.
Your tongue usually magnifies this small difference, but you will become accustomed to this in a few days.
When a tooth has a cavity, the dentist removes the decay and fills the hole with filling material, in which the tooth supports the filling. When you get a cavity that takes up more than half of the tooth, a crown is indicated. A crown covers the entire tooth and holds the tooth together.
Sometimes we place a filling, thinking there is enough tooth to hold the filling, when actually the tooth’s job is bigger than the filling can handle. The tooth then starts to break away because it can no longer support the filling. In this case we will credit the cost of the filling towards the cost of the crown.
Dental Post-Op Information
The gum tissue could have been irritated during the procedure and may be sore for a few days together with the anesthetic injection site.
A dry socket is when the blood clot gets dislodged prematurely from the tooth socket. Symptoms of pain at the surgical site, and even pain to the ear may occur 2-3 days following surgery. Call the office if this occurs.
Avoid heavy brushing of the temporaries, and do not floss between them because you may pull them off.
Your final porcelain veneers will be as close to the natural beauty and function of your teeth as possible. They look and feel normal in every way.
Chewing: The new bite may not feel completely comfortable for several weeks. We can adjust the contacting surfaces of your teeth after the dentures or partials have settled into place.
Cleaning the dentures/partials and your mouth: Your denture/partials can be cleaned easily by using a denture brush and a mild toothpaste. Periodic denture soaks are also useful (ex: Polident). We recommend leaving your partials out of your mouth at night and soaking them in water.
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