3 Top Tips on How to Care for Your Dental Filling!
A filling is usually done after a root canal but can be done for other reasons. There are a few different types of fillings, the most common being composite white filling and amalgam. The composite white filling will resemble your other teeth whereas the amalgam is a silvery metallic colour. Each has their own benefits but let’s not get into all that just yet. So you’re probably here because you have had a filling done recently.
Fillings need to be cared for in the first hours and sometimes, the first few days to ensure that they stay where they are and so that you can be as comfortable and pain-free as possible.
- Anaesthesia’s numbing effect can last a good few hours and because your poor mouth has lost all sense of feeling it is important to be as careful as you can. A lot of common accidents involve, a) accidentally burning the mouth; by drinking a beverage that was too hot only to realise later that you’ve scalded your tongue and mouth and b) accidentally biting the tongue or lips and cutting them open as a result. So taking extra precautions in the first few hours is important.
- Although most fillings allow you to eat as soon as they are done, it is always best to wait at least a few hours and avoid hard foods. Eating while still numb can lead to accidental biting and there is a slim chance of the filling coming loose. As it will still be fairly fresh the area around your filling will still be sore and sensitive and eating may irritate or harm that area.
- Once your filling has settled in and the anaesthesia has worn off, it is important to maintain an oral health regime. Brushing, flossing and generally eating healthy is key to keeping your filling and your mouth fresh and in good health.
Visiting your dentist regularly is also a key step because it will ensure that there are no problems with your fillings and if there is, it will be detected and dealt with fast and efficiently!