If you need to get a filling on a front tooth, you may be wondering if it will hurt as much as getting a filling on other teeth. The truth is that the pain associated with getting a filling on your front tooth will vary depending on the specific circumstances of your situation, but it’s worth noting that they don’t hurt any more or less than having any other type of filling put in place. Here are some things to expect when you have to get a filling on your front tooth.
The actual filling procedure
The dentist will use a drill or other tools to create an opening for filling. No anesthesia is used for getting fillings so you’ll need to bite down as hard as possible during tooth preparations. It can feel uncomfortable, but it shouldn’t hurt too much and isn’t nearly as bad as having cavities filled. There may be some numbness or slight discomfort for several hours after receiving your filling, but you should be able to get on with your regular day afterward. You might also experience some temporary gum sensitivity following your treatment; otherwise, you won’t have any lingering effects of getting a filling on your front tooth. These types of fillings last five years or longer and can give back some of your bright smiles while improving your appearance overall. Contact us today if you have any questions about getting fillings on your teeth. We’re happy to help!
You should expect to be sore for a few days. After 24 hours, start flossing every day to prevent plaque buildup and gum disease.
A filling on your front tooth doesn’t take long, but there is a chance you may experience some minor post-operative pain. In most cases, getting a filling will only require that you relax for about an hour before going back to your usual routine. The biggest thing you can do is take care of yourself by eating soft foods and taking advantage of painkillers if needed. If it hurts too much, let us know and we’ll give you more medication or something stronger than ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil). Don’t play the hero—you could damage your tooth even further if you don’t rest like we tell you to. To minimize swelling, rinse with warm saltwater. We also recommend that you avoid smoking, alcohol, and coffee after getting a filling on your front tooth. These three things cause inflammation which increases sensitivity in teeth and gums. Avoiding them for 24 hours after having a filling will help keep discomfort at bay as well as get rid of any bad breath associated with gingivitis caused by poor oral hygiene practices. It takes time to heal after having dental work done, so make sure you follow our instructions closely so we can help you feel better faster!
Tips before you get your filling
If you’re not used to getting fillings, it might take you by surprise how much they hurt. There are things you can do before your appointment that will help ease your experience: # Ensure there’s no food trapped between your teeth or gums. Getting one of these removed during a filling is painful enough; don’t add in more! The night before your appointment, brush and floss thoroughly. If there’s an object stuck between teeth, it’s better to find out before you go than during. In fact, if possible, ask your dentist if you can come in early for a quick check-up so he or she can clear out any objects. This way, when you get your filling, you won’t be experiencing additional pain while trying to get rid of something else. # Take ibuprofen about 30 minutes prior to your appointment. Ibuprofen (Advil) is a common over-the-counter pain reliever that helps reduce inflammation and swelling around injured areas like fillings. It should be taken at least 30 minutes prior to an appointment so it has time to kick in—otherwise, you’ll have trouble swallowing once it does start working its magic.
As always, don’t hesitate to ask questions when you have them. It’s important to understand exactly what to expect from your dental procedure and having clear answers will ensure a smooth experience overall.
Tips after you get your filling
If you’re getting a filling on a front tooth, you might be concerned about what will happen. But no worries—your dentist will provide excellent care and do everything he or she can to keep you comfortable during and after treatment. You should expect to have sensitivity in your mouth after treatment, but it’s also possible that things could feel sore or tight for several days afterward as well. Certain foods can be irritating, so stay away from them (for example) anything sticky or hard like gum and nuts. This is all temporary though! After only a few weeks of eating carefully, your mouth should feel normal again.
For more information, contact our team today. We look forward to helping you achieve optimal oral health!