Congratulations! Your teeth have been restored with bonded tooth colored composite fillings. Unlike black silver-mercury Amalgam fillings, which act like wedges, weakening your teeth, tooth colored fillings are bonded to the tooth and help to support the tooth from the inside. Dr. Shvartsman took extra time layering and shaping your fillings for the most natural result. In addition he used Biomimetic materials that closely resemble the natural physical properties of your tooth so that the fillings functions in harmony with the natural tooth.
These restorations will serve you well for years and you should be aware of the following:
After your visit
Do not eat until the numbness has worn off. Otherwise you can bite your cheeks, lips and tongue. If the numbness persists for more than 8 hours call us.
The area of injection may be sore for a few days. Warm water rinses can help alleviate this.
You tooth may be sensitive to cold and sore. Remember we just traumatized it by drilling and it may take a few days or weeks to recover. If you can, take 2-3 Advil every 4-6 hours for a few days to help reduce any inflammation in the nerve. If discomfort persists for more than 2 weeks call us.
If your bite does not feel “right” is “high” or uncomfortable call us immediately. Do not try to “get used to it”. An incorrect bite can damage the new filling, the tooth or your TMJ joints.
As with natural teeth, avoid chewing excessively hard foods on the restored teeth (hard candy, ice, bones, etc.) because extreme force can cause the resin material to be broken from the tooth - just as it can in a natural tooth. In the event that a breakage occurs, replacement of a restoration is not difficult.
When your gums are healthy, visit us at regular six-month intervals. (If you have or had gum disease 3 month intervals are appropriate to maintain gum health). Often problems that are developing around the restorations can be detected at an early stage and repaired easily. Waiting a longer time may require redoing the entire restoration. This could be a problem with our warranty, i.e. “I never got a call or postcard and you said you’d tell me when to return.”
To provide optimum longevity for your restorations and to prevent future dental decay and supporting tissue breakdown, please brush and floss after eating and before bedtime. We do recommend you swish vigorously with fluoride containing mouthwash (ACT) for at least 60 seconds after brushing daily to help prevent tooth decay.