Post-op Instructions


After your teeth have been restored with tooth-colored materials, your restorations should function beautifully for many years. The composite resin (plastic) material contains small "filler" particles of glass-like material which add strength and wear resistance. They are composed of the finest and most up-to-date materials currently available.

Please be aware of the following information regarding your new restorations:

  • Avoid chewing excessively hard foods on the filled teeth (hard candy, ice, nuts, etc.) since composite resin material can break under extreme pressure.
  • Sensitivity to hot and cold for a few weeks following a dental restoration is quite common. Generally, the deeper the cavity, the more sensitive the tooth may be. If you feel the bite is not correct, please call for an appointment for a simple adjustment. 
  • The anesthetic injection site along with some irritation of the gum tissue during the procedure may result in some soreness for a few days.
  • Your finished restoration may have a different texture than your original tooth and may be contoured somewhat differently. The tongue tends to magnify these small differences, but you will become completely accustomed to them within a few days 
  • Composite fillings harden immediately and require no waiting time to eat. IMPORTANT: Children should be observed and should not eat until all anesthetic has worn off. Due to remaining numbness and/or mild swelling, children can accidentally chew the inside of their lips, cheeks, or tongue, possibly resulting in serious damage to those tissues.

Note: These instructions are only intended for patients of the Vaughn Family Dentistry practice. If you are not a patient of Vaughn Family Dentistry, you should follow your own doctor's specific instructions.

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