A tooth filling is a very common dental treatment. It is a safe and effective procedure, but there are a few things you should remember afterwards.
Let the anaesthetic wear off
If you were given an anaesthetic, your face will be completely numb around the filling for several hours. You will be unable to feel anything in your face, which can be an uncomfortable feeling. This will wear off quite quickly, but in the meantime, you should be careful with eating or drinking as you will not be able to feel where anything is. Hot drinks in particular should be avoided as you could scald your face without noticing. You should also try not to bite your lip or cheek. It is probably best to let the anaesthetic wear off completely before eating or drinking again — especially in public.
Even after you can feel your face, it is best to allow the filling to set properly before you do any hard chewing. It could take until the next day before it is fully hardened, so you should be careful in the meantime not to put too much pressure on it. Try to eat softer foods and avoid things like biting your nails or chewing on pens. Once it has set, it should be just as hard as your teeth, but you should still be careful if there is a lot of filling, as this may weaken the tooth itself.
Check your bite
Your dentist will check your bite after the filling to ensure that the level of the filling is not too high and does not affect the position of your teeth when you are biting. However, it is not always possible to get this right because of the effects of the anaesthetic. If you feel that the tooth is too big and is affecting your bite, it will probably settle down over the next couple of days. If it persists, however, it is easy for your dentist to change it, so get back in touch if you have any concerns.
Keep up the brushing
Finally, don't forget that the filling was necessary because of decay, and this can easily return. Keep up your oral hygiene regime to ensure that there is no further build-up of plaque that could lead to more decay and more fillings.
Fillings should not cause side effects or problems. Contact your dentist for more information about dental fillings.
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