When bacteria destroys the tooth enamel, the tooth starts to decay. This decay forms holes or cavities on the surface of the teeth, which are known as dental caries.
To fix this, you need to get your teeth filled. A filling is a tooth restoration process that repairs you’re the damage and stops the decay. When you get a filling, you need to take care of it to prevent damage as well as minimize the risk of further cavities. Take some cues from the following tips to care for your tooth filling.
- Check your bite
After the effect of anaesthesia wears off, bite down on your filled tooth gently. This is to ensure that there are no high points in your filling. Too much of a filling, can cause an imbalanced bite. And that could lead to pain, difficulty in closing the mouth, fracture to the filling and in some cases, earache.
- Chew softly
The area around the filled tooth might feel numb for a few hours after the filling. Avoid consuming food or beverages until then.
And when you do eat, use the opposite side of your mouth to chew the food.
Biting on hard foods like nuts, candy or ice, may place pressure on the filling and also your teeth. Avoid those for a while after the procedure. Sticky foods can dislodge a new filling, so ensure you stay away from them as well. Sugary food and drinks might trigger sensitivity and lead to bacterial growth around the new filling. It’s best to not consume them either.
- Clean well
Brush and floss regularly, as you would with your normal teeth. The formation of bacteria and plaque is what led to a cavity in your tooth and subsequent decay. Maintaining oral health is the best way to take care of your teeth, gums and the fillings.
- Cold v/s hot
If you are sensitive to temperatures, you may experience pain or discomfort in the filling when drinking a very hot or a cold beverage. Consume beverages at moderate temperature to avoid damage to your filling.
- Check up, regularly
Take the dentist’s recommendation and follow it closely for a pain-free post filling experience. Make sure you get your teeth checked for decay, and get a regular clean up done by your dentist. If pain, soreness or sensitivity persists, meet with your dentist to ensure that it is not a cause of some other underlying issue.