Composite “Tooth Colored” Fillings

  1. Tooth is sensitive — on a daily basis teeth are not used to being worked on and need time to recuperate.  We recommend 600 mg of ibuprofen (Motrin, Advin, or Aleve) every four hours for the first two days.  If you are allergic to ibuproten, take 2,000 mg of Tylenol every fours.
  2. Tooth is sensitive to cold when I bite down — this means your bite m ay be off and needs to be adjusted.  Please call our office to schedule.
  3. Gums are tender — it is normal for your gums to feel sore.  Rinse three times/day with warm salt water (1 tsp. salt in 1 cup warm water).  Continue for three days if necessary.  Note:  Do not use Listerine or any other mouthwash.  It gives a burning sensation.
  4. Area is still numb — the teeth, tongue, and cheek may be numb.  Please refrain from eating and drinking until the numbness has completely worn off.  You may chew with your composite fillings.  they are fully set when you leave the office.

NOTE:  If pressure sensitivity persists or sensitivity to hot or cold incrases, please contact the office for any questions or concerns.