Cavities are one of the most common dental issues for kids and adults. While some tooth decay can be reversed with proper brushing and flossing, once the decay has passed the outer layer of your tooth, you will like need the decay removed and filled. Dental fillings are the process of drilling away the decayed section of the tooth and then filling in the tooth with resin or another material. During the process your mouth is numbed with novocaine. In this article, we will cover some post-care tips for after getting your tooth filled.
Some pain is normal after a dental filling. As the novocaine wears off you may notice some pain near the injection site this pain will usually fade away over the course of a few hours to a couple of days. You can treat any soreness with pain medication or an ice pack. However, if you feel pain for a few days or the pain is severe, you should immediately call your dentist to discuss your pain and potentially set up another dental appointment.
Getting a dental filling can alter your bite alignment. During the procedure your dentist might have you bite down to feel if anything feels off and contour your filling to make sure it isn’t altering your bite. That being said, if you continue to feel like your bite feels off or your teeth are not touching when you bite down you will want to contact your dentist to potentially have your filling shaved down.
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