AFTER CARE INSTRUCTIONS: FILLINGS

Your treatment today involved removing the portion of your tooth that was decayed, chipped, cracked, or otherwise damaged, and filling it with a composite material.

 

Anaesthetic

  • If an anesthetic was administered for your treatment, your lips, teeth and tongue may be numb for several hours after the appointment.  Avoid any chewing and hot foods or liquids until the numbness has completely worn off.  It is easy to bite or burn your tongue or lip while numb. 

  • It is recommended that you take some Ibuprofen (Motrin or Advil) before the anesthetic completely wears off.  This will help with any swelling or pain at the injection sites where your anesthetic was administered. 

 

Pain & Discomfort

  • After the procedure you may feel some pain and experience some swelling. To reduce swelling, apply an ice pack or an unopened bag of frozen peas to the area for 20 minutes on, 20 minutes off for 4 hours. 

  • You may experience pain in the teeth beside the tooth that received the filling. This is normal and does not indicate there is anything wrong with your teeth.

  • Should you still experience toothache type symptoms for several days after your new dental filling (such as throbbing, sharp pain or constant pain) it may be a sign that the decay is quite deep into the pulp of your tooth, and a root canal may be needed.

  • Take pain medications as prescribed. Do not take medications that you are allergic to.  If antibiotics are prescribed, continue to take them for the indicated length of time, even if signs and symptoms of infection are gone.

  • If you have severe pain, continued swelling for 2-3 days, or a reaction to the medication, please call our office immediately.  

  • Your tooth may be sensitive to temperature, pressure and even certain types of food or sweets. The sensitivity may only last for 3 - 5 days.

 

Diet

  • Your lips, teeth and tongue may be numb for several hours after the appointment because of the anesthetic.  Avoid chewing and hot foods or liquids until the numbness has completely worn off.  It is easy to bite or burn your tongue or lip while numb. 

  • Avoid all crunchy, tough, sticky or hard foods, such as: ice, popcorn, toffee, chewing gum, hard candy, mints, lozenges, nuts, peanut brittle, hard edges of pizza, tortilla chips, etc. for at least two weeks, since it could dislodge or crack the filling.

 

Oral Hygiene

  • Following treatment, you can rinse with warm salt water (1 teaspoon of salt in 1 cup of warm water) 2-3 times a day to get relief from any soreness and to help keep the treated area clean and free of any debris.

  • Consistent and thorough daily oral hygiene is essential.  Daily brushing, flossing and rinsing with recommended products should be continued as directed by your Dentist. 

Follow Up Treatment

  • The success of your treatment depends on keeping all of your scheduled appointments and maintaining your home care as explained by your Dentist.  

  • If it seems that the filling contacts before your other teeth when you chew or close, or contacts heavier than your other teeth, it can make the tooth sensitive and cause the filling to crack.  Please call our office for a bite adjustment as soon as possible.

 

Following most dental procedures there may or may not be pain, depending on your threshold of pain.  You will be provided with a prescription for appropriate medication for discomfort.  In most cases, a non-narcotic pain regimen will be given consisting of acetaminophen (Tylenol) and ibuprofen (Motrin).  If a narcotic has been prescribed, follow the directions carefully.  If you have any questions about these medications interacting with other medications you are presently taking, please call our office, your physician and/or your pharmacist.

 

IF FOR ANY REASON YOU ARE CONCERNED ABOUT YOUR CONDITION, NOTIFY DR MORRIS OR A MEMBER OF OUR OFFICE STAFF IMMEDIATELY BY CALLING THE NUMBERS BELOW IN THE ORDER LISTED.

 

Office (780) 962-3414

The cell number provided by your primary dentist at our office

WestView Health Centre (780) 968-3600 or your nearest hospital

Downtown Spruce Grove

306 McLeod Avenue

Spruce Grove AB

T7X 0J6

Phone (780) 962-3414

Email info@gardendental.ca

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