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Post Procedure Instructions: Fillings

When anesthetic has been used, your lips, cheek and tongue may be numb for several hours after the appointment. To prevent injury, avoid any chewing until the numbness has completely worn off. Depending upon the condition of the tooth, and extent of work necessary to restore your tooth, it is normal to experience hot, cold and pressure sensitivity after your initial appointment. We refer to this as pulpitis and, in rare cases, it can result in your future need for root canal treatment. If the pain is more than mild or remains constant, please notify your doctor immediately. Your gums may be sore for a few days as well. If necessary, rinse three times a day with warm salt water to reduce pain and inflammation.

If your medical history allows, taking 400mg of Ibuprofen every 6-8 hours will help reduce inflammation. We have used the best, strongest and most esthetic materials available to restore your teeth. However, you may still need to adjust your habits to protect your teeth. Avoid any unusually hard foods or substances, such as peanut brittle, fingernails, pencils, ice, etc. Avoid or minimize your use of foods that stain, such as tea, coffee, red wine and berries.

Smoking will quickly yellow your teeth. Daily plaque removal is critical to the longevity of your restorations and your teeth. Please maintain a regular oral hygiene routine, which should include brushing 2-3 times daily and flossing at least once a day. Regular, professional cleaning appointments are also critically important. If your bite feels uneven, if you have persistent pain, or if you have any other questions or concerns, please call our office at 461-4350.

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