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Instructions Following Dental Restorations

Gum tenderness is common after having a dental restoration placed. Your gums may be tender for a few days after the procedure and to speed healing salt water rinses (dissolving 1 tsp of salt in an 8 oz. glass of water) should be performed 2-3 times a day for a few days.

Sensitivity, especially to cold, is common for a period of time. Avoid chewing hard foods or placing hot and cold foods or drinks on the tooth to allow the nerve of the tooth time to heal. Sometimes this sensitivity can last a long time, but you should notice a gradual improvement over time. The use of toothpaste for sensitive teeth may help reduce sensitivity.

The restored tooth may ache for a period of time, especially for the first few hours, once the local anesthetic wears off. The use of over the counter analgesics will address the pain and for more extensive restorations these medications may be taken before the local anesthetic wears off. Ensure not to exceed the recommended daily dose of any medication.