Generally the anesthesia wears off in about 1 to 3 hours after the procedure. In order to prevent biting tongue, lips; it is very important NOT to chew on the numb side until the anesthesia completely wears off. Children must be observed until the anesthesia completely wears off. It is normal that after fillings, teeth may be sensitive to hot, cold or pressure. This sensitivity will go away in couple of days but should not last longer than couple of weeks. If you notice imbalance with your bite after the anesthesia wears off please call us. The gum tissue and the injection site may be sore for a few days. If you have any other questions or concerns, please call our office.
Most discomfort will occur in the first 24 to 48 hours as the body heals following treatment. It is recommended that an anti-inflammatory such as Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) be taken as needed for the first 2 days. If you are unable to take Ibuprofen, Tylenol Extra-strength may be substituted as a suitable painkiller. Call our office with any concerns. Take all medications exactly as prescribed even if pain or swelling has subsided. Attend all post-operative follow-up appointments as recommended.
To help the healing process go smoothly, follow your homecare instructions and remember the following simple steps:
Rest: Keep your activity to a minimum. Too much moving around or talking could hamper healing.
Change bandages often: Keep a gauze pad or thick cotton ball pressed into the gum. Be sure to change the bandages as necessary.
Take Your Meds: The dentist will prescribe pain or other medications as needed. If he does, be sure to follow all directions for proper use.
Change Your Diet: Eat soft foods such as pudding, ice cream, and soup, and stay away from hard foods that could hurt the tender gums.
Tell Your Tongue “No”: You will probably have an urge to feel your gum with your tongue. Don’t do it—you could irritate the area, prolonging healing time.