ADVICE AFTER A DENTAL RESTORATION
- After a dental restoration, it is normal to have some sensitivity to hot or cold on the tooth that was treated. This could last several days to several weeks depending on the case. The gum around the tooth and the zone that was put under anesthetic can also be sensitive. Taking pain meds (Tylenol, Advil or Motrin) can help during the first few days if the sensitivity is important.
- Avoid eating foods that are too hard, too cold or too hot (coffee or ice cream) 48 hours after the intervention.
- If, when you eat, you feels that the treated tooth does not close well with the other teeth and that you there is no pain, do not hesitate to call to adjust the tooth. If you feel pain while eating on the restored tooth, call your dentist for a follow up.
- If the restoration was deemed profound: The dentist would have warned you about the possibility that the tooth in question would need a root canal treatment. A regular follow up (every 6 months) is recommended to test the tooth and to follow the healing process. If the tooth suddenly becomes extremely sensitive to cold, hurts when you chew and develops episodes of sharp pain, even at night, or if there is swelling, consult us as quickly as possible.