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Information following your filling

How long do I wait before I can chew?

This is dependent on the type of filling placed. If it was a white filling you can chew immediately. If it was a silver filling you need to wait at least 2 hours. I must also advise that since you will be numb from 2-4 hours following the appointment that you refrain from trying to eat anyway since you may very likely bite yourself and not realize it until the anesthesia has subsided.

What if my filling feels high?

This can and does occur from time to time. It is related to your being able to sense things when you're numb. If your bite does not feel quite right give the office a call and we will get you in for an adjustment as soon as possible. Usually a quick adjustment is all that's needed and you're on your way.

What if I have sensitivity following my filling?

This can be normal for the first day or so, but if it lingers any longer than that do not hesitate to call us. It is quite normal for silver fillings to be sensitive to cold for up to 2 weeks time. If the sensitivity persists any longer than that call our office right away. White fillings are generally not cold sensitive, but if you do have one that is just not getting any better give a call. In most cases either a fluoride rinse to quell the sensitivity is needed, a bite adjustment is needed or in a worst case situation replacement of the restoration is required.

How long will my fillings last?

That is dependent on many factors so it is very difficult to answer. If you are a sweet eater and don't brush but once a day don't expect your fillings to last very long. But if you are conscientious and take good care of your teeth the average filling may last from 5-15 years or maybe even longer. I have seen many fillings last up to 25 years and some gold fillings up to 40-50 years. Their life span is very dependent on you and the care you provide them.

What is the best filling material?

There is no one best material. I will determine what works best for your situation and advise you appropriately. If there is one material that I can say has withstood the test of time, it is gold. A well placed gold inlay can last many years and looks as good 40 years after placement as it did on the first day placed. But it is not for everyone for various reasons. The new bonded ceramic materials add up to 90% of the original strength of your tooth back and can be a good alternative in the right case. IN all cases I will advise you as to the appropriate options and let you decide what you'd like from both a financial, functional and aesthetic standpoint.

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