Dental fillings

Fillings restore full health and functionality to a tooth effectively. Dental filling procedures are most commonly used to treat cavities, but they’re also used to repair teeth that have been worn down over time.

What is the recovery time of a dental filling

Fillings usually require local anesthesia, which can last between two and four hours. During this time, you should take extra care of your mouth.

Be careful not to accidentally bite the inside of your mouth while it’s numb.

Avoid eating until fully recover the feeling in your mouth. Also avoid hot drinks, as you could unintentionally scald your mouth.

The anesthesia wearing off can feel like pins and needles. As you regain feeling, you may notice a small ache in your gum or jaw.

This is because the gum tissue may have been irritated by the procedure or the injection.

Dentist usually recommend chewing carefully and you should return to normal within a few days.

Once the numbness in your mouth wears off, check your bite and make sure it feels comfortable.

To maintain fillings, you should follow good oral hygiene like brushing with a fluoride toothpaste and flossing.

If your tooth is extremely sensitive, if you feel a sharp edge, if you notice a crack in the filling, or if a piece of the filling is missing, call your dentist.

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