• As with natural teeth, avoid chewing excessively hard foods on the filled teeth (hard candy, ice, raw carrots, etc.) because the resin material can break under extreme forces.
  • Composite fillings set up hard right away. There is no waiting time to eat. Children should be observed until the anesthetic wears off. Due to the strange feeling of the anesthetic, many children will chew the inside of their lips, cheeks, or tongue which can cause serious damage.
  • Sensitivity to hot and cold will occasionally occur for a few weeks following a dental restoration. Usually, the deeper the cavity, the more sensitive the tooth will be. It is important that the bite is correctly balanced in order for the sensitivity to improve. If the bite does not feel even with the other teeth, please call for an appointment for a simple adjustment.
  • The gum tissue could have been irritated during the procedure and may be sore for a few days together with the anesthetic injection site. Feel free to take Advil or Tylenol to help with the soreness.
  • The finished restoration may be contoured slightly different and have a different texture than the original tooth. Your tongue usually magnifies this small difference, but you will become accustomed to this in a few days.
  • If the sensitivity lingers longer than a few weeks, please call the office to have it examined.