Typical hygiene tasks such as brushing your teeth can seem more difficult with a dental filling. But it’s actually pretty simple, as long as you know what to expect.

First off, it’s completely normal to experience numbness immediately after receiving adental filling. This is due to the irritation of your tooth nerves from the constant drilling of your filling. This lack of sensation should wear off within a few hours after the procedure. If your numbness persists beyond 24 hours, contact your Tampa dentist for additional guidance.

Flossing and brushing teeth after your filling can (and should) be resumed straightaway. In fact, consider using this time to improve your current oral hygiene habits. Start by followingour advice for building a better oral health routine. In addition, pay attention whenever brushing your filled tooth and really focus on getting into every nook and cranny. The last thing you want is tooth decay forming around your brand-new filling!

Although, it’s not necessary to change your diet after getting a tooth filled, there are certain foods that could break or loosen your filling. Hard candy, ice, nuts, caramels and taffy are a few foods to avoid, if at all possible. Basically, any excessively hard or super sticky foods have the ability to weaken your filling, thus, opening the door to tooth decay.

You may experience some discomfort in the days following your dental filling.Follow the medication instructions of your Tampa dentist to take of this lingering pain. For any discomfort that lasts longer than a few weeks, seek the advice of your dental office. It’s also wise to contact your Tampa dentist if you experience gum soreness which lasts more than a few days or feel pain when biting down. These are signs there may be something wrong with your filling.

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