You have just had one or several teeth prepared with Resin Restoration. Resin restorations are direct filling material designed to restore teeth as closely as possible to their natural state. Resin restorations are a marriage of plastics and quartz particles that mimic your own tooth enamel (the hard white outer layer of the tooth) in both colour and texture. While not our most durable restorative material, resins provide an alternative that can buy time until better materials can be placed. Your new tooth is as strong as possible as soon as we finish. You can chew and eat as soon as the numbness disappears. The length of time your new resin restoration will last is determined by the size of the restoration placed, and the biting forces you put the restoration through.
Your tooth or teeth have just been treated.
After any treatment, teeth that may never have had any discomfort may begin to bother you. Removing old restorations and removing decay can cause the tooth’s nerve to act up. The lack of pain prior to treatment is not an indication of no decay, it is an indication that the tooth has not abscessed yet. Whenever your tooth is drilled into there is some bruising that takes place in the live part of the tooth called the tooth’s pulp. This pulp contains nerve fibers that are irritated by the bruising. The bruising makes the tooth’s nerve fibers touchier to cold sensations. You may expect that for the first two or three days you will want to be careful with cold fluids and food on the prepared teeth. Please call us if you are having any problems with handling the cold sensitivity over the next few days.
Will I need further treatment?
If your resin restoration is large, then chances are you will need further treatment. Large resin restorations often require crown work with 3 to 5 years. Usually, the best we hope for is the restoration lasting 10 years but 5 to 7 years is more realistic.