Dental After Care – White Tooth Fillings

Aftercare for White Composite Fillings

Aftercare for White Composite Fillings Unlike silver amalgam fillings, white resin (composite) tooth fillings blend in with your existing tooth color, making them an attractive option for restoring a decayed tooth. The vast majority of fillings cause no serious difficulties, and most after-treatment concerns with composite fillings are similar to those for amalgam fillings:

In order to remove tooth decay and fill the tooth, Dr. Welch will need to numb the nerves to the tooth's root. If you are having a tooth filled, you can expect to have several numbing shots near the affected tooth; typically the anesthetic makes a patient's tongue and lips feel numb.
  • After you have a composite filling, you may want to avoid eating hard, crunchy foods until the numbness has passed. When your mouth is numb, it's very easy to bite your tongue or the inside of your cheek!
Discomfort or Jaw Pain
  • You may experience mild pain or discomfort radiating from your jaw after having any kind of filling, and you can treat it with over-the-counter pain medications such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen.

  • If your pain is radiating from or localized on a tooth, please call Dr. Welch's office as soon as possible. You may have an infection, which needs to be treated, or your new filling may have been placed a little high on the tooth, so it needs to be reshaped.

Tooth Sensitivity
With virtually any dental procedure, sensitivity to hot or cold foods and drinks is a potential side effect. After receiving your new filling, you may notice temporary sensitivity to certain sweet foods, air, or extreme temperature.
  • Consider using a sensitivity-reducing toothpaste for a few weeks after a filling if you are experiencing discomfort due to sensitivity.

  • If your sensitivity lasts more than two weeks after your new filling has been placed, please call our office.
After any filling, it's important to practice normal, healthy dental hygiene. Keeping your teeth clean is a critical component of good dental health, significantly reducing the likelihood that you will develop additional cavities or other dental problems.
If You Have Questions, or Would Like to Make an Appointment, Call 336.288.4499

If you're in Greensboro, NC and having concerns about tooth cavities or would like more information about after care for tooth fillings or other dental services, we welcome your questions. Scott A.Welch, DDS, is conveniently located in the Brassfield Professional Center off of New Garden Road in Greensboro, NC. Call us today at 336.288.4499 to make an appointment.