After-care: Composite Fillings

 

Simple tips and tricks to follow after your composite filling:

 

 

In our clinic, we usually use composite (white) fillings. These fillings become hard enough to eat at the moment they are made. Thus, eating something does not harm the filling. However, local anesthesia that causes numbness is usually applied during filling treatment. Because of this numbness, the patient may bite and damage his/her soft tissues such as tongue, lips and cheeks. Extremely cold-hot beverages should be avoided at the same time, which can damage soft tissues. If local anesthesia is not applied, there is no extra restriction for eating or drinking for composite (white) fillings from the moment you leave Citydent.

Never try to check whether the numbness has gone or not by biting your lips or tongue. You may think that it is a small bite, but in reality it may give harm to your soft tissues. You can check the numbness by touching your lips with your finger. In general, the effect anesthesia lasts for 3 hours after upper jaw operations. For mandibular molar operations, the duration of numbness can last up to 5-6 hours. The effect of anesthesia vary from person to person.

You can use your filled tooth to eat everything you eat with your natural tooth. Just avoid extraordinary forces such as cracking the shell of a hazelnut or pistachio or trying to open a bottle with your teeth. These forces, which you should not even apply to your natural teeth, can cause serious damage to your filled teeth as well.

Do not eat for 2 hours after an amalgam filling treatment and be careful while eating hard food for 24 hours. Although the use of amalgam (silver-metal) filling is rather rare nowadays, it is still the only alternative and safe filling type for some special cases. In our clinic, more than 99 percent of fillings are composite. Amalgam fillings can be made in rare cases where the composite can not be applied. You can eat 2 hours later after an amalgam filling treatment. It reaches its final hardness in 24 hours. For this reason, you can not eat anything for 2 hours after an amalgam filling treatment. For 24 hours, it is better for you to use the other side of your mouth while chewing. Again, because of numbness you should not eat and drink very cold and hot drinks.

You can brush your teeth as soon as the filling hardens. You can use toothbrush, dental water flosser, interproximal brush, and mouthwash.

If your filling is made too close to the dentin, hot/cold sensitivity is normal up to 3 weeks. The sensitivity will fade away in three weeks. If not, please contact your dentist.

Within the first 12 hours after filling, you can use the physician-recommended painkillers. If you still have pain after 24 hours, you will probably need a root canal treatment. Please contact your dentist.

If you feel pain when you close your mouth or when there is pressure on your tooth, don’t use the related area of your mouth and contact your dentist immediately. Excess filling material or high filling that could not be realized because of numbness may cause such pain. The problem may grow if it is not immediately intervened. Such problems can be solved with very little abrasion without anesthesia.

Pressure pain after fillings that are close to the nerves may last approximately 4-6 weeks. If the pain does not fade away during this period, you will probably need a root canal treatment.

After the tooth is filled, your dentist applies a flouride varnish to the filling to make it durable and to help you to get used to it. But, even if it is varnished, you may still feel the filling with your tongue. If you still feel the filling with your tongue 2 weeks after the treatment, please contact your dentist. The problem can be solved with very little abrasion and vanishing without anesthesia.