COMPOSITE TOOTH FILLING – ADVICES
Fillings (obturations) are restorative treatment of decaying teeth, with the purpose of recovering they shape and functionality.
Three hours following this process, please avoid eating and do not drink colored liquids, as it might pigment the surface of the filling.
After having a composite filling, if you have been administered a local anesthetic, it is recommended that you give it some time so you wouldn’t bite the inside of the cheek.
We strongly recommend you come in for periodic checks in order to prevent cavities before you start feeling any pain. If you have a toothache, please see a doctor right away. Do not be afraid, we use a strong anesthetic, and we also provide inhalosedation (a mixture of oxygen and nitrous oxide , which will help you relax completely).
It might happen that after a filling was done, you feel a slight pain. If it doesn’t go away in a few days, please contact us. If the pain goes away quickly, we recommend desensitization, yet if it persists, you will need root canal treatment followed by a ceramic crown.
The factors which influence the strength and color of dental obturations are: smoking, eating colored food, poor hygiene, trauma, bruxism, etc.
Any filling must be checked periodically. If you feel a crack or a sharp edge which causes discomfort, we recommend you come in to see a doctor and have the treatment repeated. If you have a temporary filling, we will bring you back a month later to seal it permanently. In case of a deep lesion, this time will allow for the reducing of the nerve irritation. After having a filling done, we recommend you use fluoride toothpaste as a supplementary protection against cavities. On top of that, using chlorhexidine mouthwash and dental floss ensures that the spaces between the teeth are always clean.