At NOLA Dentures and General Dentistry, we are committed to eliminating the worst effects of tooth decay, namely dental cavities. A cavity is a pit or hole in your tooth enamel created by the accumulation of plaque-causing bacteria. If we catch a cavity in earlier stages, we can fix it with a dental filling.
Because a dental filling procedure involves some tooth preparation, Dr. Shafer will numb your tooth and the surrounding areas for your comfort. You will need to wait several hours before you can eat after receiving a filling. The reason to wait is that while your mouth is numb, you may not feel it if you bite your lips and cheeks while eating. These bite wounds in your mouth can be painful once the anesthetic wears off.
Other Dental Cavity Precautions
Once the sensations in your mouth have returned to normal, you can eat as usual, but we recommend you avoid hard and crunchy foods for the first few days after your procedure. Also, consider avoiding sticky foods like caramel candy, as this could pull your filling from its place.
If you lose a filling, we strongly suggest you visit us to have it replaced right away. Unfilled tooth cavities also grow over time and may penetrate your inner tooth and lead to your need for more serious interventions like root canal therapy or even eventual extraction. Our mission is always to preserve a natural tooth so you can enjoy its benefits for years.