Just had a dental filling done by Dr. Hemphill at West Hill Family Dental? Great job on taking that important step towards better oral health! Fillings are common procedures, but it’s normal to have questions about what comes next. Let’s walk through what you can expect in the hours, days, and weeks following your dental filling.

Immediately After the Filling: Numbness and Eating Precautions

Right after your filling, thanks to the wonders of anesthesia, you might feel like part of your mouth has gone on a little vacation. Numbness is totally normal, and it’s there to keep you comfortable during the procedure. But be careful – while your mouth is still feeling like it belongs to someone else, avoid eating. Why? You might accidentally bite your cheek or tongue without realizing it. Ouch! Give it a few hours for the anesthesia to wear off before you dive into your next meal.

The First Few Weeks: Sensitivity Alert!

Now, let’s talk sensitivity. It’s common to experience some cold sensitivity in the teeth where you had the fillings, especially during the first few weeks. This happens because your tooth is adjusting to the new filling material. So, maybe hold off on the ice-cold drinks or hot coffees for a bit, or at least be prepared for some temporary discomfort.

Over Time: Adjusting Back to Normal

As the days and months roll by, you’ll notice that your teeth will gradually become less sensitive. This is a good sign that your tooth is healing and adapting to the filling. Remember, every mouth is unique, so this process might be quicker for some than for others. Be patient, and you’ll be back to enjoying your favorite hot or cold treats without a second thought.

Taking Care of Your New Filling

To keep your filling in tip-top shape, continue with your regular oral hygiene routine. Brush twice a day, floss daily, and don’t forget your regular check-ups with Dr. Hemphill at West Hill Family Dental. We’re here to ensure your filling, and your overall dental health, is on the right track.

A Smooth Post-Filling Experience with West Hill Family Dental

Getting a filling is just one part of maintaining a healthy, happy mouth. By knowing what to expect after your dental filling and taking the right steps, you can ensure a smooth and comfortable recovery. And as always, the team at West Hill Family Dental is here for any questions or concerns you might have along the way. Here’s to a future of smiles without sensitivity!