Use Caution Immediately After An Appointment
When an anesthetis had been used, your lips and tongue may be numb for several hours after the appointment.

Until the numbness has completely work off, avoid:

  • any chewing

  • hot beverages

It is very easy to bite or burn your lip or tongue while you are numb.

It is normal to experience some hot, cold & pressure sensitivity after your appointment. Injection sites may also be sore.
  • Warm salt water rinses (a teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water) three times a day will reduce pain and swelling.
  • Ibuprofen (Motrin), Tylenol or aspirin (one tablet every 3-4 hours as needed for pain) work well to alleviate the tenderness.
  • If pressure sensitivity persists beyond a few days or if the sensitivity to hot or cold increases, contact our office.

You may chew with your composite fillings as soon as the anesthetic completely wears off, since they are fully set when you leave the office.

If your bite feels uneven, if you have persistent pain, or if you have any other questions or concerns, please call our office at 925-689-2585.