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Fillings Post Op Instructions

Did we just fix your tooth with a filling? Below, you can learn about what to expect once you get home from our office. Read over this page, follow the instructions, and everything should be great. If you have any questions, be sure to contact us today.


It is normal to experience some sensitivity to cold, hot, and pressure following the procedure.  These symptoms will lessen within a few days to a few weeks.  As long as the sensitivity continues to decrease, there is no need for concern.

Gum Discomfort

Following the procedure, your gums may feel tender.  The anesthetic injection site may also feel sore.  Rinsing with warm salt water and taking an analgesic such as Tylenol or Advil can help decrease discomfort.


After placing your new restoration, it may take a few days to get used to.  If your bite feels uneven after a few days, please call our office to set up an appointment for a simple adjustment.


Avoid chewing on the numb side of your mouth following the procedure to prevent biting your cheek, lip, or tongue.  White fillings set immediately after they are placed, so after the numbness wears off, you can chew as you normally would.

Home Care

Although the filling is quite durable, the tooth is still vulnerable to decay. It is important to resume regular brushing and flossing as well as regular dental visits. This will increase the longevity of your new restoration.