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Composite fillings are made of a tooth-colored material known as composite resin. While strong and durable, they are not invincible. Our team at Oradent Associates offers the following precautions to protect your new composite fillings immediately after the dental procedure:

Chew carefully: If one side of your mouth has been numbed, chew on the other side until the anesthesia wears off to avoid biting your tongue or lip. Children should be observed carefully while their mouths are numb because they may chew on their tongue or the inside of their cheeks. Composite fillings can be chewed on as soon as the anesthesia wears off.

Monitor tooth sensitivity: Your tooth (or teeth) may be sensitive after the procedure. Avoid hot or cold food during this time. If the sensitivity doesn’t fade over the next couple weeks, or grows worse, contact your dentist.

Check for high points: After the anesthesia fades, if your filling feels like it’s hitting first when you bite down, contact your dentist. The filling may need to be further adjusted to your bite. Biting down too hard on a dental filling can cause it to crack.

Maintain excellent oral hygiene: The best way to care for your new filling is to prevent further tooth decay. Brushing and flossing daily will prevent plaque buildup and keep the enamel strong, reducing the need for future dental fillings.

For more information on composite fillings in Chicago, Illinois, contact Oradent Associates at 773-478-5520 and schedule an appointment. On the day of the procedure, Dr. Hoffman, Dr. Flicker, or Dr. Sher will provide you with all the information you need to properly care for and preserve your new composite filling.