Composite Tooth Filling Post Op Instructions

White Fillings Post-Op Instructions

We have restored some of your teeth/cavities with tooth-colored materials. These restoration(s) will serve you well for several years as they are built for strength and wear resistance. They contain the finest and most up-to-date materials available today. Below, you can learn about what to expect once you get home from our office. Read over this page, follow the instructions, and everything should be great. If you have any questions, be sure to contact us.

When can you eat after tooth fillings?

If you received anesthesia to numb the area, avoid chewing anything until the numbness goes away to prevent biting your cheek, lip, or tongue.  White fillings set immediately after they are placed, so after the numbness wears off, you can chew as you normally would.

Tooth Sensitivity after tooth fillings

It is not uncommon to experience some sensitivity to cold, hot, and pressure following the procedure. The deeper the cavity restored, the more likely you experience some sensitivity.  These symptoms will lessen within a few days to a few weeks.  As long as the sensitivity continues to decrease, there is no need for concern but if they get worse, call us.

Gum Discomfort / sore mouth after tooth fillings

Following the procedure, the gum tissue surrounding the filling and tooth, as well as the area where the anesthetic was placed, can be irritated and sore for a few days. Your jaw may be sore from prolonged mouth following multiple fillings. We expect this to subside in 2 – 5 days.  Rinsing with warm salt water and taking an analgesic such as Tylenol or Advil will help.

My bite is off or Filling too high?

tooth filling post op instructions

After placing your new restoration, the finished restoration may be contoured slightly different and have a different texture than the original tooth. Your tongue usually magnifies this small difference, and it may take a few days to get used to.  If your bite feels uneven (i.e., one side of your teeth feels higher than the other) after the anesthesia has worn out, please call our office to set up an appointment for a simple adjustment as soon as possible. Biting on a high filling can cause the tooth to become tender, sensitive or cause headaches.

When can I Smoke after a tooth filling ?

Smoking after you get a filling should never be done while any part of the mouth is still numb. You may feel confident when you have most of the feeling back, but do not risk it, or you could easily burn yourself or otherwise get hurt. New research shows that people who drink alcohol or men who smoke are more likely to suffer a failed dental filling (Source:

Home Care

Although the filling is quite durable, the tooth is still vulnerable to re-current decay. It is important to resume regular brushing and flossing as well as regular dental visits. This will increase the longevity of your new restoration.