Fillings and Crowns
After getting a restoration (filling, crown) where anesthesia was given, it is important to minimize chewing until all of the numbness has worn off. You may bite your tongue, cheek, etc. without even knowing it! Due to the setting of these materials, please also avoid extreme temperatures (ie ice-cream or hot coffee) for 24 hours after your treatment. You can resume with normal eating after this time period.
Some mild discomfort after treatment can occur. Your gums, teeth, and jaw can all feel sore, sensitive, or become reactive to changes in temperature or pressure. Injection-site soreness is normal. Icing this area can help. Generally, this resolves after a few days but it can last to up to 2 weeks. If at any time something “doesn’t feel right” please don’t hesitate to contact our office.
If needed, a single dose of an over-the-counter pain medication can be taken before your anesthetic wears off. The ideal dosage and medication is 400 mg of ibuprofen (Advil). If you are not able to take this medication, 500 mg of acetaminophen (Tylenol) is the second best choice. Additional pain medications/prescriptions, if provided, will be explained to you. Do not take any medication to which you are allergic or which any doctor has instructed you not to take.
Sometimes, based on the particular condition of the tooth being treated, it is necessary to manipulate your gums during treatment. If your gums feel sore, swish with warm, salty water 5 times per day until the soreness goes away.
Always avoid hard and sticky foods. These foods can cause a host of problems, including fractures, dental decay, and failed fillings and crowns. If you had fillings or crowns placed on your front teeth, please avoid chewing directly with your front teeth to avoid damage. Cut up your foods and chew with your back teeth.
It may take some time to get used to your new fillings/or crowns. Hot and cold sensitivity may be present for a few weeks. Your tongue may notice small, grainy pieces of excess material (cement). These small pieces normally come off on their own within a few days of regular brushing and flossing. If you still notice them after 3 days, please contact our office; we can schedule an appointment to quickly remove them. Lastly, your bite may feel strange for a few days. If this persists for more than 3 days, please contact our office; we can schedule an appointment to adjust your bite.
Good oral hygiene and regular visits to a dental professional to check the health of your mouth is a critical part of maintaining your new restorations.