Say Goodbye to Cavities: The Ultimate Guide to Post-Operative Care for Dental Fillings

Take Proper Care of Your Dental Restorations

Dental fillings are used for treating cavities and are performed by Dr. Fredericks at Southern Cal Smiles in Woodland Hills. The procedure is relatively quick and painless, but proper post-operative care is essential to ensure a successful recovery and long-lasting results. 

Learn how to care for your dental filling with our comprehensive guide below. 

What to Expect

After your procedure, you may experience minimal discomfort or sensitivity in the treated tooth. This is normal and usually subsides within a few days. You may also experience swelling and minor bleeding, but these symptoms should also resolve quickly.

You may notice a slight change in the color of the treated tooth. This is because the tooth is temporarily dehydrated and will rehydrate over time, returning to its normal color.

How to Care for Your Teeth

To ensure a successful recovery,  follow these post-operative care instructions:

  • Avoid biting on the treated tooth for at least 24 hours after the procedure.
  • Avoid consuming hot or cold food or drinks for at least 24 hours after the procedure.
  • Brush and floss your teeth as usual, but be gentle around the treated tooth.
  • Take any prescribed pain medication as directed.
  • Visit your dentist for a follow-up appointment as scheduled.
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Avoiding Complications

To reduce your risk of complications, avoid biting on hard or sticky foods and consuming excessive amounts of sugary or acidic food and drinks. These can cause further damage to the treated tooth and lead to the need for additional treatment.

If you experience any pain or sensitivity that persists or worsens, or if you notice any other unusual symptoms, contact your dentist immediately.

Frequently Asked Questions

Post-Op Care is Essential

Proper post-operative care is essential to ensure a successful recovery and long-lasting results for dental fillings. Dr. Fredericks at Southern Cal Smiles in Woodland Hills advises that you follow post-operative care instructions and visit your dentist for a follow-up appointment as scheduled. If you experience any pain or sensitivity that persists or worsens, call Dr. Fredericks or your dentist immediately.

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