Tooth Filling Recovery & Aftercare

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You will find that you will have a numbed sensation in your lips, teeth and gums for a few hours after your tooth filling.  This is due to the anaesthetic wearing off, but you need to be aware of it so that you avoid biting yourself and injuring your mouth.  If you have had an amalgam filling then you won’t be able to chew on it for 24 hours, if you have had a composite filling then you can eat and chew as normal straight after the filling procedure.  Any prolonged pain, tooth sensitivity or aching after your filling ought to be reported to your dentist. 

It is important that you take good care of your filling and maintain a high standard of dental hygiene to ensure its long life and that you don’t experience any unnecessary cavities.  Avoiding sugary sweets and drinks is a good way to reduce the amount of risk you put you teeth into, as well as brushing and flossing everyday.  You should treat your filling as your would your teeth, ensuring that they are kept as clean as possible.  It is likely that your gums and teeth will be sensitive for a few days after the filling.  It this is the case then you can rinse your mouth with salty water, about one teaspoon in a mug of warm water, to clean and ease the area. 

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