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Silver (Amalgam) Fillings
Amalgam fillings take up to 24 hours to completely set. You should avoid eating on the side of your new filling for 24 hours so that the filling has time to harden. Sensitivity to hot and cold may occur after treatment. For the first few days, try to avoid extremely hot or cold foods and beverages. It is normal to have discomfort in the gums around the tooth after the anesthesia wears off. You can rinse the area with warm salt water to help ease the discomfort. You can also take Advil or Tylenol if the discomfort persists. Resume regular brushing and flossing of that tooth in 24 hours. A consistent daily home care routine will increase the time that the new restoration lasts.

White (Composite) Fillings
We use a blue light during the procedure that hardens the filling material, so it is fully set by the time you leave our chair. However, it is best to refrain from eating until the anesthesia has worn off to prevent injury to your lips, cheek, and tongue. Sensitivity to hot and cold may occur after treatment. For the first few days, try to avoid extremely hot or cold foods and beverages. It is normal to have discomfort in the gums around the tooth after the anesthesia wears off. You can rinse the area with warm salt water to help ease the discomfort. You can also take Advil or Tylenol if the discomfort persists. 

It is important to resume regular brushing and flossing immediately. A consistent daily home care routine will increase the time that the new restoration lasts. While sticky and hard candies are never a good idea, they can chip or break your new fillings and should be avoided. White fillings on front teeth are prone to fracture, so avoid biting into hard food (like apples) and food that needs to be “pulled” (like pizza crust and ribs). Cut up these foods before eating.