Care Instructions Following a Filling
- While your mouth is numb, be very careful with your lips and tongue. Avoid eating very hard foods until you can feel your entire mouth. Soft foods, smoothies and milkshakes are good choices to eat until the anesthetic wears off; just make sure to brush your teeth afterwards!
- Your gums and cheeks and possibly your jaw may be sore from having dental work completed in your mouth. If your gums are tender, warm salt water rinses will help. Fill an eight ounce glass with warm water and mix in 1 tsp of salt. Swish small amounts until the glass is empty; use this rinse a few times a day for the first couple of days after your procedure is completed. If you feel better, discontinue use.
- You may want to take some over-the-counter medications to control any discomfort from your dental procedure. Please take whatever you would take for a headache, always following the instructions on the bottle. If possible, take Ibuprofen (generic for Advil or Motrin), as this medication tends to relieve dental discomfort more effectively than Tylenol (acetaminophen) alone. Usual doses of Ibuprofen for adults are 400-600 mg every 6 hours.
- It is normal to have some sensitivity to cold water and cold foods in the first few days up to a couple of weeks. If you notice the sensitivity increasing, or if you have pain when biting your teeth together, please contact the office for a brief follow-up visit.
- If you have any other questions or concerns, please call us at 919-286-4481.