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Do's and Don'ts After Dental Fillings

Dental fillings are necessary if you are suffering from a cavity. Our Chilliwack dentists discuss some of the things you can and can't do if you have a dental filling.

Be sure to eat carefully after you have a dental filling.

If you have had a cavity filled then you will want to think about what you chose to eat for the time immediately following your appointment. Because composite white fillings harden instantly under the blue light your dentist uses, you will be able to begin eating or drinking right after your visit but you should take into consideration the type of food that you choose to eat.

Some options for good foods to eat following a tooth filling include soup, scrambled eggs and crackers. Look for food that requires minimal chewing.

On the other hand, if there is pain and swelling, wait until it decreases before eating.

Metal dental fillings take a bit of time to harden, so most dentists will recommend waiting at least 24 hours after receiving the dental filling to eat any solid foods.

To avoid biting your lips, cheek, or tongue, you will likely want to wait until the local anesthetic wears off before attempting to eat. Ask your dentist for advice about when is the best time to eat after your filling.

Avoid foods that are hard or chewy for at least two weeks.

You may want to refrain from hot or cold drinks and foods for a few days following a dental filling. Sticky, hard or chewy foods are also a no-no - for up to two weeks. Anything that will require you to take hard bites and chew a lot - such as meat - is probably out.

Highly acidic foods are not recommended as these can cause potential infections.

Take pain medication if needed after a dental filling.

You may notice some mild to moderate discomfort and pain following the filling. The majority of the time, you should notice that pain and swelling decrease within 12 hours and you can eat whatever you want without experiencing tooth sensitivity, or irritation around the area.

Take over-the-counter painkillers with ibuprofen or acetaminophen to alleviate any physical pain or discomfort after a dental filling.

In the event, pain, sensitivity or discomfort do not disappear after 24 hours, contact your dentist to schedule an appointment to check on your filling, to ensure that infection is not developing.

Brush & Floss when required after you have a dental filling.

Did you know that you don’t have to wait to brush your teeth or floss after a dental filling? As long as you brush gently and floss carefully around the tooth, you should be able to keep the area clean as usual.

If you experience a continued toothache contact your dentist.

Though it's true that you may feel some mild pain or discomfort, a persistent sharp or throbbing toothache can indicate that the decay has reached your tooth's pulp. You may need a root canal. Contact your dentist, who can address it for you promptly.

Is it time for you to book a routine dental appointment? Please contact our Chilliwack dentists today.


Tips From Our Team
  • At Young Street Dental, we believe prevention is the key to a healthy smile. We highly recommend an at home routine of brushing twice and flossing once daily to keep a healthy smile between visits.
    - The Young Street Dental Team

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