I work as a clerical assistant in a pediatric dental office, and I am commonly surprised by the number of children who are scared of the dentist. Many kids think that cleanings will be painful, and they believe they will be scolded for eating sugary foods. Children are also extremely frightful of the noises made by the water spraying tools and the suction devices. As adults, we know that dental cleanings are easy and free of pain. We need to impart this knowledge to our children so they know not to fear the dentist. I have provided blogs that will help you speak with your child about dental care. Good communication, trips to your own dentist, and online videos can assist you. So will good brushing techniques that will make your child proud to see the dentist. Enjoy my articles so you can help your child build oral care confidence.
Very few people are lucky enough to go their entire lives without needing at least one dental filling. Therefore, if you have recently been told you have a cavity, don't panic; dental fillings are among the most routine procedures you can have done at your dentist's office. Before your appointment, however, there are some things you should be aware of to help you prepare.
You May Need Additional Anesthetic
The amount of local anesthesia needed to completely numb the area around the tooth can vary greatly from one patient to the next. For some, one injection of local anesthesia will suffice, whereas others will require several to achieve complete numbness. If you feel any discomfort as your dentist begins the procedure, speak up immediately so he or she can administer additional anesthesia injections. You should not feel any pain while having a filling done.
Avoid Eating/Chewing Until Anesthetic Wears Off
Speaking of anesthesia, your mouth will likely be numb on the side where the filling was done for several hours after your appointment. During this time, it is best to avoid eating or chewing gum, as you could accidentally bite your tongue, lip, or other parts of the mouth that are still numb. For this reason, you may want to eat shortly before your appointment, as you may not be able to for awhile after.
You Might Need a Bite Adjustment
Your dentist will check your bite after the filling is placed to ensure that everything is properly aligned. This will involve asking you to bite down on a small piece of foam that will take impressions of your bite. It is possible that the dentist may need to drill away any excess filling material that is interfering with your bite. This is painless and should only take a few moments.
Long-Term Hot/Cold Sensitivity is Not Normal
Some people will experience temporary sensitivity in the area of a new filling, especially with very hot or cold foods and beverages. This should subside within a few days, however. If it doesn't, you should see your dentist for a follow-up. Your bite could be off as a result of the filling, or the filling may need to be re-done. Do not ignore this prolonged sensitivity, as it could lead to further problems (though it's not common).
By keeping this information in mind, you'll be better prepared to have your first dental filling. Contact a dentist, like Plymouth Valley Dental Group, for more help.