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Most people will have dental fillings at some time in their lives, which is often the best form of treatment for a small tooth cavity, and while there have been technological advances regarding tooth filling procedures, the post-treatment care is exactly the same. If you are soon to have a cavity filled, here are some do’s and don’ts for post-treatment care.
- Don’t Drink Hot Beverages – At least not until the local anaesthetic has worn off, as hot fluid could burn the delicate tissue in your mouth, which will be very painful once the numbness has disappeared. Once the numbness has gone, you should still avoid any food or drink that is very hot, at least for a couple of days until the filling has settled. Here are some chewing tips after having a filling, which might help to protect the filling until it is set.
- Do Check Your Bite – After a filling is in place, you need to bite down to ensure that the filling does not affect the teeth when they come together. The dentist Brisbane folks go to should ask you to do this as soon as he or she has finished, and should there be too much filling material, he or she can remove a little, which should solve the problem.
- Do Consider Your Diet – If the filling is metal, then you should be very careful when eating, and chewing directly on the filing is not advisable. Composite fillings will not be affected, although you should not expose the filling to too much pressure in the first few days.
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- Don’t Touch The Filling – Resist the temptation to touch the filling, especially during the first few hours after the treatment, as this could cause the filling to dislodge. It is hard not to play with the filling with your tongue, yet after a day or two, you will no longer notice the additional feature in your mouth. Composite filling sets very quickly, so there isn’t so much of a risk if the filling comes into contact with anything.
- Do Remember What Caused The Filling – Tooth cavities are caused by a sugary diet and by adopting best oral hygiene practices, which includes a low sugar diet, it is unlikely you will have to have more fillings in the future. Brushing and flossing after every meal is important and after you eat or drink anything sweet, it is a good idea to swish your mouth with an antiseptic mouthwash, which will remove most of the bacteria that cause tooth decay.
- Don’t Put Up With Pain – It is normal to experience a dull ache for a day or two after the treatment, and as deeper fillings are closer to the nerves, this might cause a few days of manageable pain. If, however, the pain persists, you should go to see your dentist once more to find out the cause.
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Most dentist use a composite material for fillings, which is virtually invisible, and the filling will set much quicker than the traditional metal filling. If you notice even a tiny cavity in your teeth, you should make an appointment with the dentist as soon as possible, as the cavity will steadily become bigger if not treated immediately.
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