Your new Silver Restoration or filling will take about 24 hours to harden. During this time eat soft foods and if possible chew on the other side of your mouth. Since your lip, cheek and tongue will be numb for the next few hours, be careful not to bite them. Check hot liquids with your finger before drinking them. You will not feel the hot liquid burn your mouth when it is numb.
It is normal for the tooth or teeth to be tender when the anesthetic wears off. To help alleviate this, take a dose of pain medication. Tylenol, aspirin, or ibuprofen will all work. If the tooth is still sensitive, additional doses may be necessary. Teeth with Silver Restorations can be sensitive to hot and cold as well as to other things for days, months, and even years.
When your lip wakes up and if you feel that you are not biting correctly, please call. We may need to see you to adjust your bite. Your tooth may become sore if you bite on it too hard.
The Silver Restoration will have a dull gray color when it is set. The restoration may also feel rough to your tongue. This is especially true if the restoration is large. We can polish the restoration at your Recall Visit.
Please call us if you have any questions. At Mary E. Peebles Turner, DDS, PC we care about you and want you to be as comfortable as possible.