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How Long Does It Take to Adjust to a New Filling?

Posted on 6/15/2019 by Henry Cuttler DDS
How Long Does It Take to Adjust to a New Filling?Fillings are very common and are one of the more “basic” procedures that we undertake. If you have a tooth that is decaying a filling will stop the decay, fill in the holes made already and make it fun to eat again.

Fillings take next to no time in the office and we have a choice of types of filling to use – composite resin, silver amalgam, or gold. Each type of filling has a purpose and only composite resin blends in with your natural teeth. The good news is that the time it takes to adjust to a filling is about the same regardless of its material.

What Am I Adjusting To?
Perhaps you've noticed that your tongue occasionally brushes the surface of your teeth. As a matter of fact, this may be why you suspected you had a cavity in the first place. Your tongue can feel the differences in the texture of your teeth. Usually, they are smooth, but if there is a cavity, you may feel a rough patch where the decay is starting.

When you get a filling, your tongue does the same thing, but it now encounters a new, seemingly permanent texture. Your tongue has to get used to it. That may take a week.

Once the numbing agent wears off you may feel soreness around the area where the numbing agent was injected. You may also feel a sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures. If you had a large cavity in your mouth will have to get used to having a whole tooth again instead of a damaged one with missing parts. This will also affect your speech and chewing. But don't worry, it only lasts for a day or two, depending on the patient.

If you feel pain when you eat or your teeth feel uneven you may have a filling that is too high. We try to get it right when we fill the tooth by having you bite down on a piece of paper. We then ask how it feels. The problem is that you are numb when all this happens. That is why sometimes a filling is too high. If it feels wrong, your bite feels uneven or you have pain when you chew give us a call and we will set up a time to correct it.
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