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At Vela Dental Centers Crosstown in Corpus Christi, Texas, we are pleased to offer our patients amalgam fillings (or silver fillings) and composite fillings (or tooth-colored fillings) to repair minor to moderate damage to a tooth. After receiving a dental filling, it may take a few hours to a few days for tooth sensitivity to go away. But there are things you can do to help in the first few days after a new filling.

Because biting down hard can make the teeth sore where the new filling was placed, try chewing on the other side of the mouth from the filling, and if you do need to chew on it, chew carefully, trying not to bite all the way down until the anesthesia wears off. It is easy to accidentally bite your tongue or lip while the area is numb.

Sensitive teeth are affected by temperature, so avoid chewing with your mouth open to avoid cold air hitting the teeth. You will also want to stay away from hot or cold drinks that might increase tooth sensitivity in the newly filled tooth.

Avoid sticky foods for those first few days after your filling, and stay away from hard food such as nuts, hard candy, granola bars, raw carrots, etc. Silver fillings take a while to set, and composite white fillings set right away so you can chew on them once the anesthesia has fully worn off.

If you have sudden pain that lingers, or if the filling feels too high (hitting it before the tooth when you bite down) you will need to alert our office so we can make adjustments.

If you have any questions or concerns, or if it is time for your next dental checkup and cleaning, please give our team a call. To schedule a visit with our dedicated dentists, Drs. Vela and Arredondo, please call our Vela Dental Centers Crosstown team in Corpus Christi, Texas at 361.884.2266 today!