Composite Filling in Marrero - Southern Dental Care

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7301 Westbank Expy., Marrero, LA 70072

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7301 Westbank Expy., Marrero, LA 70072

How to Care for a Composite Filling

You find out you have a cavity, so you schedule an appointment with your dentist and have it filled. That’s the first step! But what’s next?

If you had your cavity filled by Southern Dental Care, then you have a tooth-colored filling (also known as a composite filling or white filling). While silver fillings (also known as amalgam fillings) and even gold fillings are still available to patients, most dentists today opt for composite fillings. To learn more about the benefits of composite fillings, click here once it’s on the Southern Dental Care website].

Composite fillings can last anywhere from five to ten years or longer. Use these tips to provide proper care for your composite filling so it can look and feel better while also lasting longer.

Caring for a New Composite Filling

In the immediate aftermath of a composite filling, you might feel sensitivity, discomfort, or pain in your mouth. It’s important to know what’s normal and what’s cause for concern. After your filling, you might experience:

  • Sensitivity to pressure, hot or cold, or sweet foods. This can last anywhere from a few days to a few weeks. In the meantime, try to avoid whatever is triggering your tooth sensitivity.
  • Irritation of the gum tissue. For several days after your filling, your gums may feel sore at the anesthetic injection site.
  • Discomfort when your lips or tongue touch your tooth. Fillings create slight changes in the shape, size, and texture of your teeth, which can be very noticeable when you first get a filling. After a few days, however, your mouth should adjust to these differences.

Please do not hesitate to contact us, however, if you have any questions or if you experience any of the following: sharp edges on your tooth, uneven bite when you eat, extreme sensitivity or pain, or prolonged sensitivity or pain.

Long-Term Care for Composite Fillings

Once you’ve grown used to your filling and are sure there are no issues with it, you still need to take good care of it to make sure it lasts.

  • Brush your teeth at least twice daily with an ultra-soft toothbrush.
  • Rinse regularly with alcohol-free mouthwash. If your mouthwash contains alcohol, it could contribute to the erosion of your filling.
  • Avoid excessive biting or chewing of hard foods, chewing ice, and biting fingernails.

Even if you are careful with your filling, it can still become worn down. According to the American Dental Association, “regular dental examinations are important because problems with existing fillings generally can be detected in the early stage.”

You might not recognize an issue with your filling, but at Southern Dental Care we can help keep an eye on your filling during your regular dental cleanings and examinations. Contact us to schedule an appointment!

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