What should I do after receiving a filling or crown?

Here are some things you can expect after today’s appointment:

  • If you have received local anesthetic (aka you are numb), please refrain from eating until the numbness wears off. If you’re hungry, drink whatever you’d like. A milkshake, yogurt or soup is a good choice. However, avoid chewing while you are numb as you could accidentally damage your tongue or cheeks by biting them. Once the anesthesia has worn off, you may eat on the affected area when you’re comfortable.
  • Your new filling or crown can be used just like a natural tooth. Sometimes your tissue may be sore and needs to heal before normal eating can be resumed. If you’re experiencing minor discomfort after your appointment, try taking an Advil or Tylenol.
  • Our new bonding and crown materials look and function more like natural teeth. However, your new tooth may not feel natural to your tongue at the beginning. These fillings and crowns will feel like a natural tooth within a short period of time. If you continue to have problems after one week, call us to have your tooth examined.
  • After today’s appointment, you may start brushing and flossing normally. Typically, you need to wait an hour for the filling or crown to settle in.
  • If your bite feels high or “off” after you are no longer numb, give it a few days. If after one week the filling or crown is still feeling unusual, call us to have it looked at. Typically, a simple bite adjustment is all that you will need. However, not correcting a bite problem can create complications so don’t ignore it either.

Please feel free to contact us at (949) 481-2540 if you have any other questions or concerns. We will be glad to help you over the phone or instruct you to come in to have your problem looked at if necessary.