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Do's and Don'ts After Dental Fillings

If you experience a cavity, your dentist will likely recommend a dental filling to repair the tooth which can lead to you wondering how you should care for your new filling. Our Ottawa dentists offer some advice about what you should and should not do after a dental filling has been placed.

Be mindful of what you choose to eat after a dental filling.

Depending on the type of filling that was placed, you may want to be cautious about what you eat immediately following the filling procedure. Because composite white fillings harden instantly under the blue light your dentist uses, you can eat and drink immediately following the procedure.

After you have a dental filling you should try to eat foods that are easy to chew and swallow like soup and scrambled eggs.

You should wait to resume eating if you still have any swelling or severe pain.

Metal dental fillings take a bit of time to harden, so most dentists will recommend waiting at least 24 hours after receiving the dental filling to eat any solid foods.

To avoid biting your lips, cheek, or tongue, you will likely want to wait until the local anesthetic wears off before attempting to eat. Ask your dentist for advice about when is the best time to eat after your filling.

For the first two weeks after a dental filling, you should avoid hard sticky foods.

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.

Highly acidic foods increase your risk of infection and so you should try to avoid these kinds of foods.

Don't play tough. Take pain medication as recommended after a dental filling.

Most people experience some form of discomfort after a dental 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.

You can resume tooth brushing and flossing after your dental filling appointment.

Did you know that you don’t have to wait to brush your teeth or floss after a dental filling? You will be able to brush and floss as usual as long as you take care to be gentle.

If you have pain that won't let up, you should contact your dentist.

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.

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