Do's and Don'ts After Dental Fillings

Dental fillings are necessary if you are suffering from a cavity. If cavities are left untreated it can lead to other more serious conditions. Our Vancouver dentists share some tips and advice that you should follow after you have a dental filling for a damaged tooth.

Do take a moment to consider what you eat after a dental filling.

Unless you received composite fillings then you should think twice before jumping into lunch. Because composite white fillings harden instantly under the blue light your dentist uses, you can eat and drink immediately following the procedure.

Some options for good foods to eat following a tooth filling include soup, scrambled eggs and crackers. Look for food that requires minimal chewing.

You should also wait to eat until you are no longer experiencing any pain or swelling.

Metal dental fillings take a bit of time to harden, so most dentists will recommend waiting at least 24 hours after receiving the dental filling to eat any solid foods.

To avoid biting your lips, cheek, or tongue, you will likely want to wait until the local anesthetic wears off before attempting to eat. Ask your dentist for advice about when is the best time to eat after your filling.

Don't attempt to eat any hard or sticky types of foods.

Your teeth may be sensitive and so you may want to consider waiting a few days before eating or drinking anything hot or cold. Sticky, hard or chewy foods are also a no-no - for up to two weeks. Anything that will require you to take hard bites and chew a lot - such as meat - is probably out.

You’ll also want to avoid highly acidic foods to prevent infection. 

Do take medications as prescribed or recommended, including painkillers.

If you have a dental filling then you may have some form or discomfort or swelling after the treatment. The majority of the time, you should notice that pain and swelling decrease within 12 hours and you can eat whatever you want without experiencing tooth sensitivity, or irritation around the area.

Take over-the-counter painkillers with ibuprofen or acetaminophen to alleviate any physical pain or discomfort after a dental filling.

In the event, pain, sensitivity or discomfort do not disappear after 24 hours, contact your dentist to schedule an appointment to check on your filling, to ensure that infection is not developing.

Don't avoid brushing, flossing or other forms of oral hygiene.

Did you know that you don’t have to wait to brush your teeth or floss after a dental filling? As long as you brush gently and floss carefully around the tooth, you should be able to keep the area clean as usual.

Do contact your dentist if you are experiencing any concerning symptoms.

Though it's true that you may feel some mild pain or discomfort, a persistent sharp or throbbing toothache can indicate that the decay has reached your tooth's pulp. You may need a root canal. Contact your dentist, who can address it for you promptly.

Are you in need of a routine visit for dental hygiene, cleaning or oral examination? Please contact our Vancouver dentists today.

Welcoming New Patients

We're happy to accept new patients at our Vancouver dental clinic! Get in touch to get started today.

Request Appointment

(604) 874-0028