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At the time of your dental procedure, your dentist will provide you with specific information to help you care for and protect your new filling. It always helps to prepare in advance, though, which is why our team has provided the following five steps to preserve a brand-new dental filling:

1. Know how long the filling takes to set: amalgam and composite fillings can take 24 hours or longer to set, and are especially vulnerable within that time frame.

2. Chew carefully: Chew on the other side until the anesthesia wears off to avoid biting your tongue or lip. Children should be observed carefully while their mouths are numb because they may chew on their tongue or the inside of their cheeks. Composite fillings can be chewed on as soon as the anesthesia wears off.

3. Avoid hard, sticky foods: While the filling is still setting, we ask that you don’t eat food that could break it or get stuck in your tooth. Biting down too hard on a dental filling can cause it to crack.

4. Monitor tooth sensitivity: Your tooth (or teeth) may be sensitive after the procedure. Avoid hot or cold food during this time. If the sensitivity doesn’t fade over the next couple weeks, or grows worse, contact your dentist.

5. Keep your teeth clean: The best way to care for your new filling is to prevent further tooth decay. Brushing and flossing daily will prevent plaque buildup and keep the enamel strong, reducing the need for future dental fillings.

If you’re in need of a dental filling in Ventura, California, contact Greg Wolfe Family Dentistry at 805-654-1174 to schedule an appointment. Dr. Greg L. Wolfe provide composite fillings and amalgam fillings to ensure a good match for your mouth.