After receiving a dental filling from Dr. Smith or Dr. Carrell, it is important to refrain from eating food until the numbness in your mouth has worn away. While your mouth is numb, you are at a higher risk of biting your cheek, tongue, or lip and developing sores.

The office of Bruce W. Smith, DDS provides tooth-colored, or composite, dental fillings. Unlike amalgam fillings, these fillings harden to full strength during your appointment, which means you are free to eat as soon as your mouth regains full feeling.

The majority of our patients do not need pain medication after receiving a filling. However, if your mouth feels sore following your appointment, you are welcome to treat the discomfort with over-the-counter pain medication, such as aspirin, Tylenol, and Aleve. Any soreness should not last longer than two days. You may also experience sensitivity to hot and cold foods for a few days. If this sensitivity worsens or does not subside, please call our office.

When the anesthesia wears away, your bite should feel normal. However, if you feel your bite is hitting your new filling before the rest of your teeth, your filling may need to be adjusted. Our dentists would be happy to have your back in our office to evaluate the filling and make any necessary adjustments. Please call our office at 713-529-4364 today if you have any questions about caring for dental fillings in Houston, Texas.