We have just finished your new white (composite or resin) filling. Here is some important post-operative information. If we used a local anesthetic to numb the area we treated, the numbness in your lips, teeth and tongue might last for several hours after the procedure. To avoid damage to your tongue and lips, you should avoid any chewing until the numbness has completely worn off.
White fillings set completely immediately after they are placed, so as soon as the numbness from the anesthetic subsides, you can chew as you would normally.
It is normal to experience some sensitivity to heat, cold and pressure after your appointment. It is not uncommon for the tooth to be cold sensitive for several weeks or months. You can also expect some soreness in your gums for several days. You can take ibuprofen to help with any inflammation or irritations.
Sometimes, due to the effects of the local anesthesia, it is quite difficult to make sure that your bite is exactly right. If you feel any discomfort in chewing or feel as if you are hitting first on the tooth we had just put the filling in, please let us know. A minor adjustment is usually all it takes to make you comfortable. Don't wait too long! This imbalance with your bite may cause further discomfort and needs to be adjusted.
Please don’t hesitate to call us with any questions or concerns 901-751-1100