After Composite (Tooth Colored Fillings)
We have restored some of your teeth with tooth-Colored materials. The resin (plastic) materials used contain small filler particles of glass-like material for strength and wear resistance. These restorations will serve you well for several years. They contain the finest and most up-to-date materials available today. However, you should be aware of the following information about your new restorations:
Do not eat until the anesthetic has worn off as you may bite/damage your lips, cheeks or tongue or potentially burn yourself.
- Avoid chewing excessively hard foods (hard candy, corn nuts, ice, bones etc.) because the resin material can be broken from the tooth with extreme force.
- Biting pencils, fingernails, fishing line, thread, opening plastic packages, crusty bread, and beef jerky have been known to fracture composite fillings, as well as healthy teeth.
You may experience mild sensitivity to hot and cold foods for a few days. This sensitivity should disappear soon.
People bite differently when they are numb. Your bite was adjusted to the best of our ability while you were anesthetized. If, when the feeling returns, the bite feels incorrect (feeling “high”) you should call for a bite adjustment. This is important because an incorrect bite may cause toothache or sensitivity.
Continue brushing and flossing twice a day.