When an anesthetic has been used, your lips and tongue may be numb for several hours after the appointment. After fillings avoid any chewing and hot beverages until the numbness has completely worn off. It is very easy to bite or burn your tongue or lip while you are numb.
It is normal to experience some hot, cold and pressure sensitivity after your appointment. Places in your mouth where you received a shot may also be sore. Ibuprofen (Motrin), Tylenol or aspirin (one or two tablets every 4-6 hours as needed for pain) work well to alleviate the tenderness. If pressure sensitivity persists beyond a few days or if the sensitivity to hot or cold increases, contact our office.
If your fillings are for back teeth, you should wait one hour before chewing on them. If the fillings were for front teeth, you can chew as soon as the numbness wears off. It is easy to bite your lip or tongue when you are still numb.
If your bite feels uneven, if you have persistent pain, or if you have any other questions or concerns, please call our office at 706-738-8070.