We found this great video that explains how to take care of your tooth after getting a filling. For your convenience, we have also provided the video transcript!
Michelle: Did you just recently have your tooth filled by your Dentist, and you just don’t know what to really do after? Well my name is Michelle and I’m a Dental Assistant with Solutions. And I’m here to explain to you on how to care for your tooth after a filling.
Depending on what type of filling it is, now whether it is a silver filling or a white filling, you definitely will need to be really gentle in that area. Especially if it’s the silver filling. With the silver filling, even though it’s placed in there and it’s secure, the silver is still setting up. It’s still hardening to its full compacity. So what you need to do is for the first 24 to maybe say 48 hours after having the silver filling, you would really need to just be really gentle in that area. Brush really lightly, don’t chew on that side whatsoever and then kinda wait until it fully hardens after 24 hours.
If you have a white filling, then pretty much, a white filling is a little bit more of a better restoration than a silver filling because it’s a tooth colored filling, and you won’t be able to tell that it’s in your mouth. And then also too, it is automatically set as far as it being hardened. It’s automatically set to its maximum strength once when you leave your dental office.
Depending … Because it is a plastic base material, once when they place it in your mouth, they cure it with a special curing light that hardens the material and it sets it. So you can actually start functioning on that side where you had the filling right away. There’s really no downtime if you have a white filling done. Of course you need to be careful. You definitely need to wait until your numbness wears off in order to start chewing on that. You don’t wanna be chomping away on your cheek or your tongue and not even know it.
So to take care of your filling, what you should do is just really be gentle in that area and then brush and floss it normally like you would, your natural teeth. So once again, my name is Michelle and I’m a Dental Assistant with Solutions. And I just explained to you on how to take care of your filling.
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