What is it Like to Get a Tooth Filling?

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Getting a new tooth filling may not be your favorite thing to do, but it is much better than losing a tooth due to tooth decay.  Generally, filling a tooth takes about an hour, and your mouth will remain numb for a few hours after you leave.

Here are a few things you can expect from your new filling the moment you leave the dentist office:

  • Numbness: Try not to chew anything where your mouth is numb because there is a good chance you will bite your tongue or the inside of your mouth without even knowing it.
  • Temperature sensitivity: It’s natural for your new fillings to be sensitive to hot and cold temperatures for a week or two after the procedure.
  • Biting pattern: Once your numbness clears up, make sure your teeth are biting down like they did before.  Sometimes your teeth can shift just enough to alter your biting pattern (or the filling could be a little too tall) which will make your teeth feel uncomfortable when you bite down.  Talk to us if this happens.
  • Discomfort: A bit of discomfort from a new filling is expected for a day or two, but if you feel a sharp pain in your teeth you should get in contact with us ASAP.
  • Cleaning: Continue brushing and flossing your teeth as normal.  Fillings only work if they remain clean and healthy.

If you have any questions, contact us and we’ll help you out!