If you haven’t taken the best care of your fillings in the past, don’t worry – there’s always the option of a filling replacement. However, you should always make sure you are taking the best possible care of your teeth after a filling replacement to ensure that there aren’t any future dental issues. There are many simple steps you can take to maintain your filling replacements, particularly right after the procedure is done.
Use a Sensitive Toothpaste
After your filling replacement, you might experience some sensitivity in your teeth and gums. This sensitivity is temporary and will go away within days. To make your experience as comfortable as possible, you should always use a toothpaste designed for sensitive teeth right after getting a filling replaced. Our dentist can recommend a preferred sensitivity toothpaste. Be very gentle when brushing to make sure you don’t irritate the filling, but also make sure you brush for a long enough period to get your teeth clean.
Protecting Your Filling
Another thing to keep in mind after receiving a filling is that you should be careful with the foods you eat initially. Since your teeth are a bit sensitive, you should avoid crunchy or chewy foods that could cause some stress to your teeth. You also might want to avoid foods that are very hot or very cold if you are feeling particularly sensitive. Remember, this sensitivity should only last a day or two at the most.
Practice Healthy Dental Habits
After your fillings have completely set, you should always make sure you are continuing to practice healthy dental habits. These include brushing and flossing multiple times per day, as well as limiting your intake of sugary foods and drinks. Continue to make regular visits to the dentist to check up on your fillings as well as your overall dental health.
If you are in need of a filling replacement, be sure to get it taken care of as soon as possible to keep your teeth healthy. Contact us today at the office of Larry Saylor, DMD to book a consultation in Brandon!