Amalgam Fillings

We have just finished your new silver (Amalgam) filling. Here is some important post operative information that applies to this time tested restoration. If we used a local anesthetic to numb the area we treated, this numbness in your lips, teeth and tongue might last for several hours after the procedure. To avoid damage to your tongue and lips, you should avoid any chewing until the numbness has completely worn off.

With silver fillings, you should not chew hard or sticky foods or chew directly on the new fillings for the first 24 hours. If possible, chew only on the opposite side of your mouth. New silver fillings can be sensitive to hot and cold liquids and other foods.

If the sensitivity should continue for longer than two weeks or if the discomfort is extreme, please give us a call so that we can evaluate the situation and prescribe the appropriate therapy. Your gums may also be sore after your appointment.

Sometimes, due to the effects of the local anesthesia, it is quite difficult to make sure that your bite is exactly right. If you feel any discomfort in chewing, please let us know. A minor adjustment is usually all it takes to make you comfortable. Don’t wait too long! Teeth can become quite sensitive if the bite is “high.” You can generate in excess of 40,000 pounds per square inch when chewing on your back teeth. Fillings which have not had the appropriate amount of time to harden, or are “high,” cannot stand this kind of pressure and may break. If you have any questions, please feel free to call us at any time.

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