You just got a brand-new filling. Do you have to take special precautions? What are the rules for caring for a filling that has just been placed in a tooth? The following information will give you more insight on how to care a for a new filling right after this dental procedure.
Caring for a New Filling
Right after you have had your tooth filled, the area may still be numb from the anesthetic. Therefore, you need to keep this in mind. Doing so will keep you from disturbing the filling site or clenching or grinding your teeth. Also, remember. it can take a while for the filling to set. Composite fillings feel firmer than amalgam fillings when they finally heal. In either event, you need to watch what and how you eat at least for a day to two, or while the filling settles. Don't bite down directly on the newly filled surface and introduce foods that are softer to chew.
Eating the Right Foods – Chewing Tips
Naturally, you don't want to spring for a steak dinner after you get a filling. Neither do you want to eat a bagel for breakfast. The best foods to eat include soups, stew, eggs, noodles, soft breads, and steamed vegetables. Also, it is important to only drink water right after the procedure. Any crunchy or hard foods can jolt your filling loose, so you need use care in this respect. That also means you need to brush carefully too. Hopefully, you are already using a soft-bristled toothbrush. Take it easy when brushing, especially if your filling is close to the gum line. This warning also applies to flossing. Flossing with a little too much force can irritate the filling site. Therefore, floss gently for the next 24 hours while the filling heals.
You can always contact us if you have questions about your new filling. If it feels too high or it gets loose, contact us immediately. Make sure you do everything you can to ensure your filling stays intact and heals properly. If you have not had a check-up lately, give us a call. Set aside some time to get a professional cleaning and examination.