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Charlton Dental Associates | Amalgam and Composite Restorations in Sandy Lake

Charlton Dental Associates

390 Park Ave.
Meadville, PA 16335 

(814) 724-6890

3242 South Main Street
Sandy Lake, PA 16145

(724) 376-7161


Amalgam and Composite Restorations
AGD Member


Sometimes the after effects of oral surgery are quite minimal, so not all of these instructions may apply, common sense will often dictate what you should do.  It is our desire that your recovery be as smooth and pleasant as possible.  Following these instructions will assist you, but if you have questions about your progress, please call the office where you had surgery.  Please try to call during office hours, however, if an emergency exists contact the doctors at home.  Calling during office hours will afford a faster response.


Do not eat for the first hour after you leave our office if amalgam (silver) was used.  This will allow time for the restoration to set and for the anesthetic to wear off (if any was used).  If you have composite (tooth colored) restorations, they are completely set when you leave our office.  Children should be closely monitored until the anesthetic wears off.  Due to the unusual feeling of anethetic, many children will chew the inside of their lips, cheeks, or tongue, causing sores in their mouth, which later become very painful.


Eat any nourishing food that can be taken with comfort.  Avoid extremely hot or cold foods, because the restoration may be sensitive to temperatures at first.  Sensitivity, especially to cold, is common for a few days following a dental restoration.  Usually, the deeper the cavity the more senstive the tooth will be.  It is important not to skip meals!  If you take nourishment regularly, you will feel better, gain strength, have less discomfort and heal faster.   If you are a diabetic, maintain your normal eating habits as much as possible and follow instructions from your physician regarding your insulin schedule.


Do not disturb the treatment area today.  Do NOT rinse vigorously or probe the area with any objects or your fingers.  You may brush your teeth gently.


Unfortunately most treatment is accompained by some degree of discomfort.  You may have to take an analgesic such as aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen sodium (Aleve) or acetaminophen.  Analgesics with anti-inflammatory effects such as ibuprofen, Aleve and aspirin often give better relief than acetaminophen.  Sensitivity to temperature is also possible.  It is difficult to predict which symptoms, if any, you may experience and to what extent.  Sensitivity is usually most noticeable within the first 12-24 hours after the anesthetic wears off.  If you have any severe pain please call the office to schedule an appointment.  The gum tissue could have been irritated during the procedure and may be sore for a few days.  You may also have some mild discomfort at the injection site.


Begin your normal oral hygiene routine as soon as possible after treatment.  Some temperature sensitivity may not permit brushing of all areas with cold water, but please make an effort to clean your teeth within the bounds of comfort, by using luke warm water.


After the restoration is placed there may be an adjustment period for a few days.  This will allow for your tongue to get used to the new restoration in your mouth.  If you feel the bite is not correctly balanced (one side hits before the other) be sure to call for an appointment for a simple adjustment.  If this is not taken care of it can cause pain in your tooth or teeth, from bruising due to constant pressure on one area of the mouth.

Sandy Lake Dentist | Amalgam and Composite Restorations. Dennis Charlton is a Sandy Lake Dentist.