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At Evans Street Dental in McMinnville, Oregon, Dr. Shane Ellsworth and his team are pleased to offer our patients composite or tooth-colored fillings to repair minor to moderate damage in a tooth. After a filling is placed, it may take a few hours to a few days for tooth sensitivity to diminish (depending on the material used to fill the tooth), and there are things you can avoid to help your tooth adjust to this sensitivity.
Things to Avoid
— Since temperature extremes affect tooth sensitivity, avoid chewing with your mouth open to prevent cold air from touching the newly filled tooth. You will also want to avoid hot or cold drinks that could increase this sensitivity.
— If you bite down hard on something it can make the teeth sore where the new filling was placed. To help prevent this, chew on the other side of the mouth from the new filling, and chew carefully. Avoid biting down all the way until the anesthesia wears off. You don’t want to accidentally bite your tongue, or cheek or lip while the area is still numb.
— You might want to avoid sticky foods for those first few days after your filling, as well as hard food such as nuts, granola bars, and raw carrots. Composite white fillings do set right away so you can normally chew on them once the anesthesia has fully worn off.
If you have any questions or concerns about a filling, or if it is time for your next dental checkup and cleaning with our dedicated dentist, Dr. Shane Ellsworth in McMinnville, Oregon, please give our Evans Street Dental team a call at 503-472-1402 today!