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Dr. Chris Kates, FAGD, FICOI
Esthetics, Implant and Family Dental Care



Post-Operative Instructions
Try to avoid eating on the side that you are numb until the anesthetic wears off.

Children should be observed until the anesthetic wears off. Due to the strange feeling of the anesthetic, many children will chew the inside of their lips, cheeks or tongue which can cause serious damage.

Sensitivity, especially to cold, is common for the first few days following the procedure. Usually the deeper the cavity removal, the more sensitive the tooth will be. Fluoride rinses and Prevident 5000 Plus can help decrease sensitivity.

The gum tissue could be irritated during the procedure and may be sore for a few days. This may be true for the injection site also.

Your bite may feel different but should feel normal within 48 hours, if not, please call our office. The finished restoration may be contoured slightly different and have a different texture than the original tooth. Your tongue usually magnifies this small difference, but you should become accustomed to this new restoration in a few days.

Avoid for the next 24-48 hours:
*coffee, tea, dark colas, red sauces and red wines
*mustard, ketchup, soy sauce
*blueberries, cherries, strawberries
*smoking or any tobacco products
*anything that could stain a white shirt

If you have any questions or concerns with your tooth-colored fillings, please call our office at 772-287-1671.