At Dentist in Bellaire, Texas, we are pleased to offer our patients composite dental fillings to repair minor to moderate damage to a tooth. After receiving a dental filling, it may take a few hours to a few days for tooth sensitivity to go away. But there are things you can do to help with tooth sensitivity in the first few days after a new filling. Because biting down hard can make the teeth sore where the new filling was placed, you may want to chew on the other side of the mouth from the filling, and if you do need to chew on it, chew carefully, trying not to bite all the way down until the anesthesia wears off. It is easy to accidentally bite your tongue or lip while the area is still numb.
Sensitive teeth are impacted by temperature, so avoid chewing with your mouth open to avoid cold air hitting the teeth. You will also want to avoid hot or cold drinks that can increase tooth sensitivity in the newly filled tooth.
It is best to avoid sticky foods for those first few days, as well as hard food, such as nuts, hard candy, granola bars, raw carrots, etc.
If you have sudden pain that lingers, or if the filling feels too high (hitting it before the tooth when you bite down) you will need to alert our office so we can make adjustments.
If you have any questions or concerns, or if it is time for your next dental checkup and cleaning, please give our team a call. To schedule a visit with Dr. David B. Fisher please call our dentist Bellaire team in Houston, Texas at (713) 667-8080 today!