AC – Fillings

It is normal to experience some hot, cold and pressure sensitivity after your appointment.

After each appointment when anesthetic has been used, your lips, teeth, and tongue may be numb for several hours after the appointment. Please avoid any chewing until the numbness has completely worn off (if you are hungry it is recommended to have liquids instead in this period).

During this period, do not chew any hard foods until 48 hours after the white fillings as they are only around 80% their full strength right after your appointment.

It is normal to feel some unevenness and occasional high spots after your filling appointments – these are normal for the first 3-4 days.

If you feel that your bite feels uneven after the above period, if you have persistent pain or if you have any other questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact our office.

In our practice we use a special medication using silver fluoride combined with potassium iodide to help your dentine. During the first 6 months if you go to another dentist and he/she takes an x-ray the tooth will look as if they have a decay.

It is normal to have this situation as your tooth is still in the middle of healing with the medication in place. Please do not mistake this for having an active decay present.

Another downside of having this medication in place is that it has the potential to stain your teeth. Even if the tooth is stained it does not mean that it still has decay! If it is in your front tooth we will do our best to prevent the staining from happening by putting extra protective layers to mask it. If it does show up in your front teeth contact us to make a booking and we will address it for you.

If your decay is quite deep and close to the nerve, there is a chance that you may get more pain within the first few days. This is normal as we are waiting to see if your body reacts well to the recovery from the medications that we have placed. If we see that your tooth is not recovering well for the next check up or the pain is getting unbearable, we will advise you to either have a root canal treatment (to get rid of the pain by taking and cleaning the nerves out in order to save the tooth) or the option to have your teeth taken out and arranging a suitable replacement for it.


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