Dental Care for Cavity Fillings

Dental Care for Cavity Fillings

If you have a cavity, your dentist will recommend getting a filling to protect the tooth. During this treatment, the decay is removed from the affected area, and the space is filled with composite resin to prevent food from getting trapped and bacteria from recolonizing in the area. After the procedure, you need to take certain precautions to keep the filling in place and avoid further issues. Use the tips in the following dental care guide to protect your oral health.


Use over-the-counter painkillers.

After the novacaine wears off, you could feel some minor discomfort in the affected tooth and the ones near it. An over-the-counter pain reliever and anti-inflammatory medication can help reduce swelling and minimize your pain level. Avoid using an ice pack since teeth with new fillings can experience some temperature sensitivity.

Choose safe foods.

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Composite resin fillings, which are tooth-colored, harden immediately so one does not need to limit food so that they don't crack. If you’re getting a filling made of silver, you can’t eat solid foods for 24 hours after the procedure to allow it to harden correctly. Only consume fluids or soft foods, like ice cream, soup, and juice, during this time period. In either situation, after treatement it is best to chew on the opposite side of your mouth while the anesthetic wears off. Drink plenty of water to help rinse the mouth of debris, as well. And remember, even though composite resin fillings harden right away, they can stain over time, so be aware of your intake of coffee, tea, wine, curry, tomato paste, and soda to avoid discoloration. 


Ignore unexpected pain and sensations.

While minor, temporary discomfort is normal, pain that lasts more than a few days and doesn’t go away with over the counter medication is a potential sign of a problem. If you experience sharp or throbbing pain, contact your dentist immediately. If the filling sticks out too far and is poking your cheek or tongue, your oral care provider can file it down and adjust it to ensure it doesn't leave cuts or abrasions.

Disregard proper oral hygiene practices.

Cavities develop when food debris and bacterial plaque sit on the tooth enamel, allowing the substances to erode this top layer of protection. Basic at-home dental care, like brushing and flossing, is essential to prevent future cavities. Brush twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste, and floss once a day. Ask your dentist if there are any areas of your mouth that need extra attention, as well.

Reach out to Hulse Dental in Onalaska, WI, for friendly and attentive dental care. Dr. Hulse, Dr. Case and their team have over 30 years of experience providing comprehensive oral care for patients and families of all ages throughout the Coulee Region. They stay up to date with modern dental technology, including 3D dental X-rays and dental implants, and their office offers teeth whitening, Invisalign® treatment, veneers, and other cosmetic services to help your smile shine. Call (608) 783-1306 to make an appointment, or visit the website to learn more.

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