Do's and Don'ts After Dental Fillings

Do's and Don'ts After Dental Fillings
Posted on 12/10/2023

Gentle Smiles of Colorado is home to a Denver cosmetic dentist you can trust. We want to ease any worries you have and ensure you're comfortable during your appointment. From fillings and other treatments, we offer everything you need. When you have a cavity, you must get a filling. The filling secures the tooth and makes it stronger to prevent any further damage. See how to take care of your fillings and what you should avoid after your appointment.

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Dental Filling Basics

Denver dental fillings all involve the same process. The dentist uses special tools to remove any decayed portions of the tooth. They will then apply multiple layers of composite or other materials to fill in the hole in the tooth. Once complete, the filling will be the same color as all of your other teeth.

What to do After

The main thing to keep in mind is that you should exercise caution after your appointment. Stick to soft foods that don't require a lot of chewing. You might find it helpful to eat mashed potatoes, pudding, and soup, though be aware that hot or cold foods may cause some discomfort. We also recommend OTC medications to tackle any pain you have.

What to Avoid

Your Denver cosmetic dentist will warn you against eating hard or sticky foods. Those foods can stick to the filling and pull it out. It may take a week or longer until you feel comfortable eating these foods. Take it easy for the first few hours after your appointment to give your mouth time to heal.

When to Call for Help

Never be afraid to call for help if you experience anything unusual. Talk to your dentist if you notice a lot of swelling and pain or discomfort. You might find it helpful to sleep on the opposite side of the filling for a few nights. Don't hesitate to call if the filling feels loose in your tooth or it falls out. Getting it replaced prevents bacteria from building up inside your mouth.

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Dental fillings are one of the more common procedures offered around Denver. Whether you need a single filling or you have more than one cavity, you'll find that you can easily care for yourself with the right tips. Get even more tips on caring for your teeth when you schedule an appointment for Denver dental fillings today with Gentle Smiles of Colorado.

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