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If you’ve had a composite filling, we recommend that you follow some basic homecare instructions to help reduce pain and swelling. After your composite filling procedure you should:
Whether you’ve had a procedure for porcelain fillings, white fillings or composite fillings, following these tips can also improve your recovery time:
If an anesthetic has been used for your composite filling procedure, your lips and tongue may be numb for several hours after the appointment. Avoid any chewing and hot beverages until the numbness has completely worn off. It is very easy to bite or burn your tongue or lips when you are still numb.
We recommend soft foods and liquids on the day of your composite filling—avoid anything hot. Also be sure to drink plenty of fluids as well. You may chew with your composite fillings as soon as the anesthetic completely wears off, since they are fully set when you leave the office.
It is normal to experience some hot, cold and pressure sensitivity after your composite filling appointment. The injection site may also be sore. Ibuprofen (Motrin or Advil), Tylenol or aspirin (one tablet every 3-4 hours as needed for pain) work well to alleviate the tenderness.
If pressure sensitivity persists beyond a few days or if the sensitivity to hot or cold increases, please contact our office.
If you are experiencing nausea following your composite dental fillings appointment, avoid food and beverages for at least one hour. You may sip slowly on coke, tea or ginger ale to help minimize nausea.
We recommend that you brush your teeth carefully and rinse gently on the day of your composite filling.
If your bite feels uneven, if you have persistent pain, or if you have any other questions or concerns about your composite fillings, please call Now Care Dental’s Eagan-MN office at 651-686-6800—answering services are available 24/7. Clinic hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week.