Following Amalgam or Composite Restorations
- Do not eat or chew anything until the numbness is gone. Avoid eating on fresh amalgam fillings for approximately 12 hours (chew on the opposite side) so they can achieve maximum strength. Composite fillings are hard right away.
- Children should be observed until the anesthetic wears off. Due to the strange feeling of the anesthetic, many children will chew the inside of their lips, cheeks or tongue, which can cause serious damage.
- Sensitivity, especially to cold, is common for a few days following a dental restoration. Usually, the deeper the cavity, the more sensitive the tooth will be. Sensitivity to pressure, however, requires an adjustment appointment to relieve.
- Sensitivity is usually most noticeable the first 12 to 24 hours after the anesthetic wears off. Over the counter pain medication like ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), acetaminophen (Tylenol) or aspirin may be used as needed.
- The gum tissue could have been irritated during the procedure and may be sore for a few days together with the anesthetic injection site.
Please follow these home care instructions carefully and call this office if you have any questions or concerns.