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How to Look After a New Filling

There are some precautions you should take to protect a dental filling and allow the mouth to heal. Your dentist will advise you on the type of filling used in the cavity and the length of time it will take to set.

Key takeaways:

  • Continue to brush twice daily, but brush gently and with a soft-bristled toothbrush.
  • Wait until the local anesthesia wears off before eating
  • Avoid chewing on the filled tooth for a couple of days.
  • Avoid hot and cold extremes in food temperature as this can cause sensitivity in the tooth.

“It’s always best to follow up with your dentist to ensure the filling has set properly, but in the meantime, call your dentist if you have extreme pain, trouble biting down on the filled tooth, or notice cracks in the filled tooth.”

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