Fillings & Permanent Crowns: Home Care Instructions

General Instructions

When you leave the office after having a filling or permanent crown, you may chew normally as soon as the anesthetic completely wears off.

Oral Hygiene

Continue your normal dental routine. This should include brushing morning and evening, and flossing daily.


When an anesthetic has been used, your lips and tongue may be numb for several hours after the appointment. Avoid any chewing and hot beverages until the numbness has completely worn off. It is very easy to bite or burn your tongue or lip while you are numb.

It is normal to experience some hot, cold & pressure sensitivity after your appointment. The gums in the treatment area and the injection sites may also be sore. Ibuprofen (Motrin), Tylenol or Aspirin can be taken as prescribed to help alleviate the tenderness. If pressure sensitivity persists beyond a few days or if the sensitivity to hot or cold increases, contact our office.

If your bite feels uneven, you have persistent pain, or you have any other questions or concerns, please call our office at: 253.851.9171

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