Dentist in Columbia, MD
Your lips, teeth, cheek and/or tongue may be numb for several hours after the procedure. To avoid injury, you should avoid any chewing and hot beverages until the numbness has completely worn off. It is very easy to bite or burn your tongue, cheek or lip while you are numb.
Sore Gums or Jaw
Irritation to the gum tissue can occur from dental work. Rinsing your mouth 2-3 times per day with a warm saltwater rinse (1/2 tsp salt mixed with 8 oz. of warm water) can help alleviate discomfort. Injection sites can be sore for several days after your appointment. Over-the-counter pain medications work well to alleviate the tenderness.
Your composite (tooth-colored) filling is as hard as it will get when you leave the office. Immediately following the appointment, you can brush, floss and chew as you would normally. However, please use the precaution as stated above if you are numb.
Bite is Uneven
If your bite feels uneven, please call our office so we can make a quick adjustment to the restoration. Do not assume your bite will get better after time. The tooth may become irritated and a toothache may occur if this adjustment is not done where necessary. It may also cause an increase in temperature sensitivity with the tooth.
It is normal to experience some sensitivity to heat, cold, sweets and pressure after your appointment. This sensitivity may last from several weeks to several months after your appointment. Usually, the deeper the cavity, the more sensitive the tooth will be. Again, make sure that your bite feels even.
Feeling of Filling
The filling may be contoured differently and have a different texture than your original tooth or restoration. Your tongue may magnify this slight difference but you should become accustomed to this “new feel” in just a few days. If not, please call the office.
Please do not hesitate to contact our dental office if you have concerns.