What to expect after a composte filling (white filling)?
· When an anesthetic has been used, your lips and tongue may be numb for several hours after the appointment. Avoid chewing and hot beverages until the numbness has fully worn off.
· Children should be observed until the anesthetic wears off. Due to the funny feeling of the anesthetic, children often try to chew the inside of their lip, cheeks or tongue which could cause serious damage.
· It is normal to experience some hot, cold, & even pressure sensitivity after your appointment. Injection sites may also be sore. Ibuprofen & Tylenol work well at relieving this.
· When polishing a composite filling the gums may get irritated, so a warm salt water rinse, can help with any soreness or gum irritation around your new composite filling
· You may chew with your composite fillings as soon as the anesthetic completely wears off, since they are fully set when you leave the office.
· The composite filling may be shaped and contoured slightly different and have a slightly different texture than the original tooth. Your tongue may magnify this small difference, but you should become accustomed to this in a few days. If the bite seems high or doesn't feel right please call our office. If your bite feels uneven or something doesn’t feel right, then call our office to follow-up!
Drs. Michael J Klausner, Martin Link, & Leonard Leff
Leff & Link Valley Arts Dentistry
515 Valley Rd. West Orange, New Jersey, 07052