When you receive a dental filling, there are a few things you should do following your procedure to ensure that your recovery is complete. Please follow these instructions and recommendations closely. If you have questions, or to make your appointment with Dr. Stephen Coker in Cary, North Carolina, please contact Parkway Dental at 919-380-9622.

Refrain from eating for at least 2 hours or until the anesthesia has worn off.


Sensitivity, especially to cold, is common for a time following treatment. For the first few days avoid extremely hot or cold foods and beverages. It is normal to have discomfort in the gums around the tooth after the anesthesia wears off.

If your gums are tender, rinse with warm salt water, dissolving 1/2 teaspoon of salt in an 8-oz. glass of warm water. An analgesic such as Tylenol or Advil will help to decrease discomfort.

The New Filling

After the placement of your new restoration, it may take a few days to get used to it. If your bite feels unbalanced, please be sure to call our office for an appointment for a simple adjustment.

Home Care

Although the treatment that was performed is quite durable, the underlying tooth is still vulnerable to decay, especially at the interface between the tooth and filling. It is important to resume regular brushing and flossing immediately. Daily home care and regulating your intake of sugar-containing foods will increase the longevity of your new restoration.

For more information, contact our office to speak with our experienced dentist or a member of our team.