Post-Op Instructions for Dental Fillings

After receiving a dental filling at Smile Studio 87, proper post-operative care is crucial to ensure healing and maintain oral health. Here are straightforward instructions to guide you through the recovery process.

  • Eating Precautions: Avoid eating until the anesthesia completely wears off, which may take about two hours, to prevent accidental biting or injury.

  • Sensitivity Management: You may experience some sensitivity to pressure, heat, and cold. This is normal and should decrease over a few days to weeks.

  • Food and Drink Guidelines: Initially, avoid very hot or cold foods and beverages if your teeth are sensitive. Choose softer foods that require minimal chewing.

  • Oral Hygiene Practice: Resume regular brushing and flossing immediately but be gentle around the new filling to avoid irritation.
  • Pain Relief: If you experience discomfort, use over-the-counter pain relievers like Tylenol or Advil as directed.
  • Salt Water Rinses: If your gums are tender, rinse your mouth with warm salt water (1/2 teaspoon of salt in 8 ounces of water) a few times a day to help soothe and heal.
  • Avoidance of Hard and Sticky Foods: Do not chew hard or sticky foods on the filling for 24 hours to allow it to set fully and avoid dislodging or damaging the filling.
  • Follow-Up Care: Attend any recommended follow-up appointments to ensure the filling and surrounding teeth are healthy.

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