Filling or Restorations Post-Operative Instructions

Your anesthesia will wear off in approximately 1 to 3 hours after the procedure. It is very important not to chew on the numb side (to prevent biting tongue, lip, etc.) until the anesthesia wears off.

Children should be observed until the anesthetic wears off. Due to the strange feeling of the anesthetic, many children will chew the inside of their lips, cheeks or tongue which can cause serious damage.

Sensitivity, especially to cold, hot, or pressure is common for a few days to a couple weeks following a dental restoration. Usually, the deeper the cavity, the more sensitive the tooth will be. As long as your teeth or gums are continuing to feel better, basically not staying the same or getting worse, everything is fine. There is no need for concern.

Sensitivity is usually most noticeable the first 12 to 24 hours after the anesthetic wears on.

The gum tissue could have been irritated during the procedure and may be sore for a few days together with the anesthetic injection site.

The finished restoration may be contoured slightly different and have a different texture than the original tooth. Your tongue usually magnifies this small difference, but you will become accustomed to this in a few days.

Once the anesthesia has worn off and you feel as though any of the teeth we have worked on are hitting first, please give the office a call immediately. This imbalance with your bite may cause further discomfort and should be adjusted.

Please contact our office with any questions or problems.

Instructional Videos:
Post-op Instructions for a Resin Filling