Table of Content:
- Post-op instructions for fillings and crowns:
- Residual numbness
- Bite adjustment
- Maintain oral hygiene
Congratulations on having received your new filling(s) or crown(s). Fillings and crowns can take a few days to get used to. Additionally, it usually takes a little time to get accustomed to your new filling and crown, especially if you received multiple dental restorations. In the meantime, here are some things you can expect in the following days after your filling or crown appointment:
If you receive local anesthesia, be sure to refrain from eating until the numbness has worn off. Drinking is okay, so feel free to have a milkshake, yogurt or soup afterwards. However, avoid chewing on the tooth while you are still numb. You could accidentally damage your tongue or cheeks by biting them when you’re numb. Once the anesthesia has worn off, you may gradually start eating on the treated area. Typically, you should wait at least one hour to eating solids after having fillings or crowns completed.
It’s not unusual for your tooth or gum tissue to be sore after receiving a filling or crown. You may experience some minor sensitivity on the treated tooth as well. Keep in mind, your tooth needs some time to heal afterwards. Typically, this soreness and sensitivity will resolve on its own within 2 to 3 days. If you’re experiencing minor discomfort following your appointment, try taking an Advil or Tylenol to help out.
Your new filling or crown should look and function more or less like a natural tooth. However, it may take sometime before everything settles down into place. Many fillings and crowns feel slightly rough or high at the beginning. Typically, most restorations start to feel normal within 2 to 3 days. However, if you continue to have problems beyond one week, you should call us to have your tooth re-evaluated. Not correcting your bite can create complications such as failed filling, crown fracture or even tooth fracture! Luckily, a simple bite adjustment is all that is required to fix this problem in most all cases.
Wait at least one hour for a filling or crown to settle in place before trying to clean it. In fact, it might not be a bad idea to skip brushing and flossing your treated tooth the day you receive your filling or crown. However, be sure to get back to your normal brushing and flossing routine within 24 hours. You should be able to pass floss through without it breaking or slipping right through. If you are having a hard time flossing your filling or crown, contact your dentist to have it re-evaluated.
If you have any additional questions or concerns regarding your fillings or crowns, free to contact us at (949) 481-2540. We will be glad to help you over the phone or instruct you to come in for further evaluation whenever necessary.