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What to eat after filling a cavity?

I am a 36 year old male and I will have a dental filling next week. What to eat after filling a cavity?

8 Answers

You should be able to eat normally following a dental filling.
Metal dental fillings do not harden immediately, and often dentists will recommend waiting at least 24 hrs. For composite fillings, we recommend soft foods and liquids on the day, and avoid anything hot. You may chew with your composite fillings as soon as the anesthetic completely wears off.

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Dr. Garcia
With today's light cured restorations, you only need to wait until all the anesthetic has worn off.
You can eat your normal food. If you have a white filling, avoid very cold food, especially for a few weeks to 2 months. For amalgam, wait 24 hrs before chewing on the tooth with filling.
Depending on the type of filling you are getting, the filling MAY be completely "hardened" before you leave the dental office. Ask your dentist. The issue is not biting, or burning, yourself where you are numbed. Smoothies are generally safe. Having a meal before your appointment (and then brushing) is also good.
If you are having a filling that requires you to be numb, it is a good idea to eat something light prior to the appointment. It is a good idea no withstand from eating while any part of the mouth is numb because you can injure yourself and not feel it until the anesthesia wears off. The anesthesia usually lasts about 2 hours. Afterwards, you are free to eat.

Dana Truesdale, DDS
If it's not an amalgam filling almost immediately or else when anesthetic's worn off.
Generally anything, but avoid very cold or hot the first day.