If you are due to get tooth fillings for your cavities, we understand you might be thinking about what you can eat after filling. If so, this blog has your answer and more core information that might help you after your dental visit.

How Soon Can You Eat After A Dental Filling?

After 2 hours.

Once the dental filling is done, you need to wait until a few hours pass to start eating again. However, whether or not you can eat after a filling mainly depends on the type of filling you are getting. It is often recommended to steer clear from eating food until your tooth swelling goes down. This span gives your filling enough time to harden properly, preventing it from falling out after the treatment.

Types of Dental Fillings

There are multiple types of filler materials to choose from. Each has its own set of advantages, along with the time they will last. This is why having thorough information about it is necessary. Let’s discuss some common options you can choose from:

  1. Composite Resin
    They are popular for their natural tooth-mimicking ability. Composite resin can closely match neighboring teeth and set according to the perfect shade. This makes it suitable for those who are looking for a solution that blends in. Other than that, composite resin fillings provide structural support to your tooth. Additionally, these fillings can last for up to 20 years if proper care is taken.
  2. Silver Amalgam
    This option is perhaps the cheapest of all. This is mainly due to its striking physical appearance; rather than matching your natural teeth, they shine from afar. Although they offer long life; however, they are still not popularly used.
  3. Porcelain
    They are next in line with composite resin. Porcelain fillings physically provide aesthetics similar to real teeth and last longer than 15 years. Moreover, their supreme resistance to stains is what makes them so frequently used.
  4. Gold
    You can expect gold fillings to serve for a decade easily. Although long-lasting, they are super expensive and do not look good.

Foods You Can and Cannot Eat After A Filling.

Choose soft foods to avoid irritating the treated area. Some items you can eat after a dental filling include:

  • Mashed potatoes
  • Yogurt
  • Smoothies
  • Milkshakes (eat with a spoon, not with a straw)
  • Cheese
  • Soups
  • Pasta
  • Chili
  • Scrambled eggs
  • Fish
  • Pancakes
  • Noodles
  • Potatoes
  • Ice cream
  • Soft dairy foods like cottage cheese
  • Jello
  • Mousse
  • Pudding
  • Steamed broccoli
  • Biscuits (soaked or soft)
  • Bread (soaked in soup)
  • Custard
  • Deli meats
  • Eggs
  • Fish
  • Greek yogurt

We advise you not to go rogue on eating after a few hours pass. Be careful and select carefully what you eat after dental filling. We suggest waiting for around 24 hours and paying close attention to your filled tooth so that nothing you eat dislodges the filling.

Avoid the following:

  • Sticky foods such as gummies, candies, etc.
  • Foods that need chewing.
  • Anything hard, like ice cubes.
  • Items high in sugar content.
  • Edibles that are too hot or cold.
  • Crispy or crunchy foods such as chips, peanuts, granola bars, cereals, etc.

Closing Note

We hope that this blog was of help. If you have more questions regarding dental fillings, get in touch with our dental care expert, Dr. Tuan Vo, a member of the Academy of General Dentistry at AT Dental Care, (408) 579-9931 for more information. We are located in San Jose, CA, United States.

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