Eating after Dental Treatment
One concern patients have for post operative dental treatment is when can they eat?! It is important to know what type of dental treatment you are having, first of all. For routine visits like cleanings, most of the time there is no need to wait after your visit to eat. Though if you’re having a fluoride treatment at that time, the hygienist may recommend waiting one half hour before chowing down.
For operative appointments such as fillings and crowns, grazing after dental treatment can be a little tricky if the area is numb. Besides the probability of a little dribble, you can run the risk of accidentally biting your cheek or tongue. You wouldn’t necessarily know it until after the numbness wears off, then you may find a sore spot. When having a crown seated or cemented, it may be necessary to wait an hour or avoid that specific side for the rest of the day to allow time for the cement to fully harden or cure.
There are 2 types of fillings that can be placed and which one is important to know for after care nibbling instructions! If a composite/ resin filling (tooth colored filling) material is used, The material is light cured so it is hardened right away and no risk of harming the filling when munching. The other type, amalgam (silver filling) takes up to 24 hours to fully cure on it’s own so it would be recommended to avoid snacking on that specific side.
Oral surgery visits are another situation, the dentist should make sure you are aware of any restrictions there might be for pigging out later after your appointment! If the occasion should arise that feasting directly after treatment is not recommended, my thought is, “Any excuse for a milkshake or smoothie, is a good excuse!” /rp