After Composite Resin Filling
We have restored some of your teeth with tooth-coloured materials. The resin (plastic) materials used contain small ‘filler’ particles of glass-like material for strength and wear resistance. These restorations will serve you well for several years. They contain the finest and most up-to-date materials available today.
However, you should be aware of the following information about your new restorations:
Do not eat until the anesthetic has worn off as you may bit/damage your lips, cheeks or tongue or potentially burn yourself. Natural teeth can be broken with heavy force, such as chewing hard objects. As with natural unrestored teeth, avoid chewing excessively hard foods (hard candy, corn nuts, ice, bones etc.) because the resin material can be broken from the tooth with extreme force. If breakage occurs, replacement of the restoration is not difficult.
You may experience mild sensitivity to hot and cold foods for a few days. This sensitivity should disappear soon. If the bit is high or the sensitivity continues for more than 4-7 days please contact us.
Often small problems that develop around the restorations can be detected at an early stage and repaired easily. Waiting for a longer time may require replacement of the entire restoration. Make sure you make an appointment for your next 6 - 12 month examination.
Brush and floss after eating and before bedtime
Stresses on bonded teeth (such as biting into hard foods, for example, toffees or biltong) may lead to breakage. If the front teeth have bonded restorations, bite into foods using the side teeth.