Do you have a cavity? If so, your dentist will need to place a dental filling. Our Winnipeg dentists share some tips about what to do and not do after a filling.
Do be cautious about eating after a dental filling.
You may want to be careful about what you eat immediately after the filling procedure, depending on which type of filling was placed. Composite white filings harden instantly under the blue light used by your dentist, so you can eat and drink immediately following the procedure.
Good food options following a tooth filling include crackers, soup and scrambled eggs. Think food that requires minimal chewing.
That said, if you do have some pain and swelling, wait for it to decrease before eating.
Because metal dental fillings take some time to harden, most dentists will recommend waiting at least 24 hours after having this dental placed to eat any solid foods.
To avoid biting your tongue, cheek or lips, you'll probably want to wait until the local anesthetic wears off before trying to eat. Ask your dentist for advice about when you can eat after your filling.
Don't eat sticky, hard or chewy foods for up to two weeks.
You may want to refrain from hot or cold drinks and foods for a few days following a dental filling. Sticky, hard or chewy foods are also a no-no - for up to two weeks. Anything that will require you to take hard bites and chew a lot - such as meat - is probably out.
You’ll also want to avoid highly acidic foods to prevent infection.
Do take over-the-counter painkillers if you notice pain, discomfort or tooth sensitivity after a filling.
You may notice some mild to moderate discomfort and pain following the filling. The majority of the time, you should notice that pain and swelling decrease within 12 hours and you can eat whatever you want without experiencing tooth sensitivity, or irritation around the area.
Take over-the-counter painkillers with ibuprofen or acetaminophen to alleviate any physical pain or discomfort after a dental filling.
In the event, pain, sensitivity or discomfort do not disappear after 24 hours, contact your dentist to schedule an appointment to check on your filling, to ensure that infection is not developing.
Don't hesitate to brush your teeth or floss after a filling.
Did you know that you don’t have to wait to brush your teeth or floss after a dental filling? As long as you brush gently and floss carefully around the tooth, you should be able to keep the area clean as usual.
Do get in touch with your dentist if you experience a persistent toothache
Though it's true that you may feel some mild pain or discomfort, a persistent sharp or throbbing toothache can indicate that the decay has reached your tooth's pulp. You may need a root canal. Contact your dentist, who can address it for you promptly.