Dental Filling Options

When it comes to having a cavity filled, it’s important to know that you have the right to decide, after consultation with your dentist, what treatments and materials are used for your dental care. Your dentist considers materials to use on an individualized basis, taking into account the size and location of your cavity. 

  • Composite resins, or tooth-colored fillings, are a mixture of glass or quartz filler that provide good durability and resistance to fracture in small- to mid-size fillings that need to withstand moderate pressure from chewing. They can be used on either front or back teeth.

After-Care Instructions For Filling

  • Your anesthesia will wear off in approximately 1 to 3 hours after the procedure.  It is very important not to chew on the numb side (to prevent biting tongue, lip, etc.) until the anesthesia wears off.
  • Children should be observed until the anesthesia has worn off.  Due to the strange feeling of the anesthetic, many children chew on the inside of their cheeks, lips and tongue which can cause serious damage.
  • Your tooth (or teeth) may be sensitive to hot, cold or pressure from this procedure.  This is completely normal.  The possible symptoms of hot, cold or pressure sensitivity will cease within a few days to a couple of weeks.  In very few instances, this sensitivity could last longer than a couple of weeks.  As long as your teeth or gums are continuing to feel better, (not staying the same, or getting worse) everything is fine, and there is no need for concern.
  • Once the anesthesia has worn off, if you feel as though any of the teeth we have worked on are hitting first when you bite down, please give our clinic a call immediately. This imbalance with your bite may cause further discomfort and should be adjusted.
  • The gum tissue could have been irritated during the procedure and may be sore for a few days. The anesthetic injection site may also feel sore or bruised.
  • Composite (white) fillings set up right away and can be chewed on as soon as the anesthetic wears off.
  • If you have any other questions or concerns, please call our clinic

 

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