Getting that stubborn cavity filled is a relief but that often follows with a question, how long is the wait to eat after filling. It is understandable that the hole in your tooth must have stopped you from eating your favorite meals; however, knowing when it is the right time to dive back into it is needed.

When Can You Eat After a Dental Filling?

The time when you are allowed to get right into munching after filling depends on the type of filling you have. You may be allowed to eat as soon as you leave the dentist’s office for composite fillings; however, wait at least 24 hours for amalgam fillings.

It is often advised to eat after waiting 3-4 hours to get a dental filling, preferably try eating the next day after completing 24 hours. This pause gives fillings in your teeth enough time to harden properly. Even after that, you must not start eating hard or crunchy items directly. Stick to soft, cold foods such as ice cream and porridge for at least a week.

Types of Dental Fillings

Every tooth filling comes with its own set of advantages and majorly, their quality and hardening time varies too. This is why it’s important to know which one you are getting so that the downtime can be according to that.

  1. Composite Resin
    This material is widely used because of its perfect shade range and impeccable match. Moreover, beyond aesthetics, composite resin fillings offer superior support to the structure of your tooth. They can easily last up to 15 to 20 years if properly taken care of, and they dry fast too.
  2. Silver Amalgam
    These are perhaps the least expensive of the lot but not that popular because of the characteristic look they give. Rather than matching the color of your real teeth, they make them look dainty. Although it offers stability, it still takes a long time to harden in the first place.
  3. Porcelain
    Porcelain fillings are a great option and are often sought after since they last longer than 15 years and are super resistant to stains. Moreover, there is another advantage: they instantly harden. This means you can eat soon enough after getting porcelain fillings.
  4. Gold
    Well, even though gold fillings last long, people often do not get them because of two reasons:

    1. It is super expensive
    2. Looks yellow

Foods to Avoid After Filling

You must be careful about when to eat after a filling even if it is sturdy and hardens instantly. Pay close attention for at least 24 hours to what you take in so nothing dislodges the filling.

It is best to eat anything which is soft and cold, such as ice cream, pudding, custard, etc. Here are some items to steer clear of:

  • Sticky foods such as gummies and candies
  • Items that are hard to chew
  • Anything hard, like ice cubes
  • Edibles that are high in sugar content
  • Solids and drinks too hot or cold
  • Crispy or crunchy foods like chips, peanuts, granola bars.

Closing Note

In a nutshell, you can eat after 24 hours of getting a filling. Opt for soft foods like applesauce, mashed potatoes, yogurt, and anything else that has a soft texture. We care about your dental health and want you to have optimally functioning teeth.

You can connect with Dr. Audra Hiemstra, who has a dental degree from the University of Texas Dental Branch in Houston, Texas, and she works alongside her team with unwavering dedication at Tomball Family Dental. Call us at (281) 516-1222 to schedule an appointment!

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