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Do's and Don'ts After Dental Fillings

Cavities are a necessary treatment for those experiencing broken or chipped teeth. Our Swift Current dentists talk about the do's and dont's of dental fillings and how fillings protect a damaged tooth.

Do watch what you choose to eat after a dental filling.

Whether or not you can eat right after having a filling will be dependent on what type of filling you have. Because composite white fillings harden instantly under the blue light your dentist uses, you can eat and drink immediately following the procedure.

Some options for good foods to eat following a tooth filling include soup, scrambled eggs and crackers. Look for food that requires minimal chewing.

On the other hand, if there is pain and swelling, wait until it decreases before eating.

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.

Don't eat sticky or hard-to-chew foods for a couple of 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 when experiencing pain after a filling.

Mild pain or swelling can be normal 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.

Don't avoid brushing, flossing or other methods of oral hygiene.

After having a filling, you may be unsure if it is safe to brush or floss your teeth. The answer is yes!It is safe as long as you brush gently and floss carefully around the tooth, you should be able to keep the area clean as usual.

Do contact your dentist if you are experiencing any concerns.

While some discomfort after a filling is normal, any pain that is sharp and deep within the tooth should be evaluated by your dentist. If the damage or infection has reached the inner tooth pulp then a root canal may be required.

Are you in need of a routine dental visit or restorative care? Please contact our Swift Current dentists to request an appointment today.

(306) 778-9100