If an anesthetic was used, your lips and tongue will likely be numb for several hours after your treatment. Avoid eating or drinking hot foods or beverages until the numbness has worn off. Children should be observed until the anesthetic wears off. Due to the strange feeling of the anesthetic, many children will want to chew the inside of their lips, cheeks, or tongue, which can result in serious damage. You or your child may chew on the filling after the anesthetic wears off.

You may experience some hot, cold, and pressure sensitivity following the placement of your filling. If this occurs, use a mild pain reliever, such as Ibuprofen, Motrin, Tylenol, or Aspirin, to alleviate this sensation. If sensitivity continues for more than a few days or increases, please contact Maple Ridge Dental at 540.885.5050. Please also contact us if your bite feels uneven or if you experience ongoing pain.

Also keep in mind that the finished restoration may be contoured somewhat differently and have a different shape than the original tooth. Your tongue usually adjusts to this slight difference within a few days.

If you have any questions or would like more information on receiving and caring for composite fillings in Staunton, Virginia, please contact our office at 540.885.5050 and schedule a consultation with our knowledgeable dentist, Dr. Melissa Wolfe.