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Restorations

Research shows that 90 percent of adults worldwide have had at least one cavity in their lifetime and, therefore, fillings are one of the most common treatments in dentistry. It is generally a quick amd simple procedure. Our experienced dentists will remove the decayed part of the tooth and then fill it with a composite resin or an amalgam filling, which allows your tooth to heal. When the process is completed, our dentist will shape and polish the tooth for an excellent fit.

  • Q:  What if my filling hurts?

    It’s not uncommon to experience some sensitivity to heat, cold and or pressure for several weeks , and up to 6 months after the restoration is placed. The larger the restoration the more sensitivity you will likely have. Intermittent pain caused by a stimulus, ie: heat, cold and biting can be normal. As long as the discomfort in the tooth does not get worse or the tooth does not spontaneously ache and the pain won’t go away, there is no need for concern.

     

    Your gums and the site of the local anesthetic injection may also be sore for several days. Rinsing your mouth with warm salt water can help to alleviate discomfort. Dissolve a teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water, and then gently swish the water around the tooth and spit. Repeat up to three times a day.

     

    If the pain is throbbing, constant and won’t go away please call the office.

  • Q:  Do I have to be careful with my fillings?

    White fillings set completely as soon as they are placed, so as soon as the numbness from the anesthesia wears off you can chew normally. If your bite feels uneven, or if you feel like you are biting high, you need a ‘bite’ adjustment and should call the office.

     

    With Silver fillings, you should avoid chewing directly on the new filling for 1 hour. You should also avoid chewing hard or sticky foods for the first 2 hours. If possible, chew only on the opposite side of your mouth.

     

    Due to the effect of local anesthesia, it is quite difficult to make sure that your bite is exactly right after your filling is finished, After the freezing wears off, if you feel that your bite is uneven or high you will need a minor adjustment and you should call the office.

  • Q:  Why does it feel like electricity is running through my new Silver filling?

    Sometimes you may notice an electrical reaction to a new metal filling which can often be set off when another metal object comes into contact with the new filling. This is called Galvanic Shock. This will often disappear in the first few weeks of having the new filling. Chewing gum can sometimes help polish the new filling and help reduce the effect. If the galvanic shock is too strong please call the office.

  • Q:  How should I proceed with home care?

    It is important to resume regular brushing and flossing immediately. A consistent daily home care routine will increase the longevity of the restoration.

  • Q:  What is an IRM restoration?

    Temporary fillings are different then permanent fillings because they are ‘sedative’ fillings meaning they are used to soothe an inflamed nerve of a tooth. IRM restorations, due to their sedative nature, may reduce the need of a tooth requiring root canal therapy.

     

    **A local anesthetic may cause prolonged numbness to the area we treated. This numbness in your teeth and tongue will likely last several hours after your filling is complete. To avoid damaging your tongue, lips and cheeks you should avoid eating until the numbness has completely worn off. Sometimes the numbness can last for up to 6 months after, but this is not common. As well, permanent numbness can occur.

  • Q:  What if my IRM filling hurts?

    It’s not uncommon to experience some sensitivity to heat, cold and or pressure for several weeks up to 6 months after the restoration is placed. The larger the restoration the more sensitivity you will likely have. Intermittent pain caused by a stimulus, ie: heat, cold and biting can be normal. As long as the discomfort in the tooth does not get worse or the tooth does not spontaneously ache and the pain won’t go away, there is no need for concern.

     

    Your gums and the site of the local anesthetic injection may also be sore for several days. Rinsing your mouth with warm salt water can help to alleviate discomfort. Dissolve a teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water, and then gently swish the water around the tooth and spit. Repeat up to three times a day.

     

    If the pain is throbbing, constant and won’t go away please call the office.

  • Q:  How should I proceed with home care?

    It is important to resume regular brushing and flossing immediately. A consistent daily home care routine will increase the longevity of the restoration. As well, avoid really sticky and hard foods.

  • Q:  How long does the filling last?

    The temporary filling should last between three and six months. Never keep a temporary filling more than 6 months. These types of restorations wear away rapidly and they begin to leak. If you wait too long, the nerve could die, the temporary filling can wear away, and the tooth will further decay which may result in the tooth requiring a root canal or extraction.

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