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At the dental practice of Dr. Mario Roybal in Biloxi, Mississippi, we are delighted to offer our patients white fillings, also known as composite or tooth-colored fillings to repair minor to moderate damage in a tooth. After a filling is placed, it may take a few hours to a few days for tooth sensitivity to diminish, and there are things you can do to help your tooth adjust to this sensitivity.

Things to Avoid

— If you bite down hard on something it can make the teeth sore where the new filling was placed. It may help if you chew on the other side of the mouth from the new filling, and chew carefully. Avoid biting down all the way until the anesthesia wears off. You don’t want to accidentally bite your tongue, or cheek or lip while the area is still numb.

— Temperature affects tooth sensitivity so avoid chewing with your mouth open to prevent cold air from touching the newly filled tooth. You will also want to stay away from hot or cold drinks that could increase this sensitivity.

— You might want to avoid sticky foods for those first few days after your filling, as well as hard food such as nuts, hard candy, granola bars, and raw carrots. Composite white fillings do set right away so you can normally chew on them once the anesthesia has fully worn off.

If you have any questions or concerns about a filling, or if it is time for your next dental checkup and cleaning with our dedicated dentist, Dr. Mario J. Roybal, please give our team in Biloxi, Mississippi a call at 228-388-4519 today!