When you have a filling done, the decay is removed from the tooth and replaced with a resin or amalgam. This is a new material in your tooth and it will take your body time to adjust to it. Immediately following the treatment you should wait 2 hours to allow for the anesthesia to wear off before eating. Keeping a soft diet the day of the procedure will help minimize pain and sensitivity. You should avoid chewy or hard foods such as taffy, bagels, steak, or hard candy. Also, avoiding hot and cold food or drink for the first few days following the procedure will help with the sensitivity. After a few days your teeth should feel as good as new. We recommended continuing with your hygiene schedule and at home care to ensure your fillings will last a long time. You may experience sensitivity for up to a week following the procedure, this is normal and to be expected. If you experience pain or sensitivity for more than 7 days following the procedure contact our office at 317-789-1000
You have just had a tooth or several teeth removed from the bony tissue of your jaw. Your body has already started the healing process by bleeding. The next step is the formation of a blood clot. It is very important to protect the clot. If the clot comes out a “dry socket” will occur. The pain from this will vary from constant, dull, to exquisite. It will also lengthen the healing time. If you experience bleeding that won't stop, try biting on a moistened tea bag for 30 minutes. If the bleeding persists or you experience severe pain, call our office at 317-789-1000
or go to the nearest emergency room.
Following the instructions below will greatly reduce your chance of getting a dry socket and ensure a smooth healing process.
- Gauze: Change the gauze every 15-20 minutes, no sooner, until the bleeding stops. Fold one piece in half, making a small square, and place it over the extraction site, and bite down with firm pressure. When the bleeding stops or just oozes, you no longer need the gauze in your mouth.
- If you experience bleeding that won't stop, try biting on a moistened tea bag for 30 minutes.
- Do not spit forcefully or rinse your mouth for at least 24 hours.
- Do not smoke. Try to wait 48 hours before smoking, as it greatly increases the risk of a dry socket.
- Do not drink through a straw.
- Do not pick at, scratch, or brush directly on the extraction site.
- Do not do any heavy lifting, over 35 pounds.
- Avoid carbonated drinks for 24 hours.
- Eat a soft diet for first few days, such as:
After 24 hours, begin warm salt water rinses. Rinses can be done 4-5 times a day. Put ½ teaspoon of salt into a glass of warm water. Remember not to spit or swish forcefully.
It is important to keep the area clean by brushing the teeth, remembering to be gentle around the extraction site as to not injure yourself.