Tooth filling aftercare: Do’s and Don’ts for a Beautiful Smile


Dental treatment consists of multiple procedures such as cleaning of teeth, root canal treatment, replacement of the missing tooth, filling of cavity, etc. Your dentist will decide on the treatment based on your symptoms and complaints.

One of the most common procedures is tooth filling. When a tooth is diagnosed with a cavity, a tooth-filling procedure is performed. Firstly, the cavity is thoroughly cleaned using instruments to ensure there is no remaining decay. Then, it is filled with either amalgam or composite filling material. Despite its effectiveness, some patients experience little discomfort after the filling is done. To prevent this feeling, good aftercare is mandatory.

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Do’s and Don’ts After Tooth filling: Learn about Dental Aftercare:

A] Do’s of Dental filling aftercare

1. Take medication if you experience discomfort

It is normal to experience discomfort or sensitivity after getting your dental filling done, which may last for 12 hours and then subsides eventually. You should take medicine after consulting your dentist. However, if the same condition persists for a longer duration i.e., for more than 12 hours, then you need to visit your dentist again. The dentist will check for the root cause of your discomfort and plan the line of treatment accordingly.

2. Maintain a healthy and balanced diet

Your aftercare varies based on the type of filling material used. If you choose to get a composite filling, you can eat and drink immediately as it sets and hardens instantly with the blue light used by the dentist at the chairside. Food options to eat after filling are scrambled eggs, soups, or other semisolid food that requires less chewing and is nutritious. However, if you choose to get a silver amalgam filling, it takes 24 hours to harden, which is why it is advisable to eat solid foods after 24 hours. Drinking or eating anything after the amalgam filling isn’t allowed for at least an hour after it is done.

3. Check for an uneven bite

Always ensure that you have an even bite after a dental filling. With a composite filling, a white filling service by Sunshine coast, the dentist can check for a normal bite, and make the required changes if the bite is uneven.

In the case of an amalgam filling, it takes longer to harden, so later, you may feel the amalgam-filled tooth contacting the other tooth first compared to the rest of the teeth. In such a case, you need to contact your dentist to get the corrections done.

4. Maintain Good Oral Hygiene

Many of you might be having questions like, can you brush your teeth after a filling or not? The answer is your oral hygiene should never be compromised. You must follow your oral hygiene care regularly. Brushing teeth after filling and using floss after a dental filling helps keep the filling area clean, along with maintaining your oral health. This will prevent the occurrence of any infection.

5. Contact a Dental Expert for Advice

Always ask questions to your dentist about dental filling aftercare, even any doubts you may have, like do fillings hurt afterwards or not. It is commonly noticed that patients experience some discomfort after the dental filling, but if this lasts longer, then it becomes significant to contact your dentist to check if the decay has gone deeper to the pulp of the tooth and if any other treatment is needed or not.

B] Don’ts of Dental Filling Aftercare

1. Avoid Hot Beverages

Due to the effect of anaesthesia, you experience numbness in the mouth and are unable to feel the temperature of whatever you eat or drink. The anaesthetic effect does not wear off immediately. Hence, dentists usually advise you to drink or eat once you get back your senses. A dental expert like Sunshine coast dentist asks you to avoid hot beverages as you may not feel the temperature of hot beverages and may burn yourself or damage the dental filing unknowingly.

2. Avoid grinding your teeth

Grinding teeth is a common habit that isn’t healthy for your teeth as it causes erosion of the teeth and leads to some dental problems. If you have a dental filling, you should know what not to do after getting a filling, and discontinuing teeth grinding is one of them. Having a grinding habit can damage your filling, causing discomfort or sensitivity to the tooth. So avoid grinding your teeth, and if it is difficult to discontinue the habit, you may take the help of your dentist.

3. Do not touch your Dental fillings

You should not touch the dental filling. Adults may not do this, but kids may. The new feeling of numbness and having new material in the mouth keeps drawing kids’ attention there. The experience of these different feelings before and after teeth filling makes them always touch it. But they should be strictly advised on what not to do after filling. In the case of adults, if there is an overfilling causing irritation, you should not try to correct it by yourself; instead, visit the dentist.

4. Avoid sticky and hard foods

You will be restricted from eating any sticky and hard foods immediately after getting your filling done, as the dental filling may not be able to bear such foods initially. So you should avoid taking them. Your dentist will advise you on how long after a filling you can eat such foods based on the type of dental material used for your filling.

5. Do not ignore any pain

It is normal to experience mild to moderate pain or discomfort after the dental filling for some time, based on the type of filing done. But if pain persists for a longer duration, it should not be ignored. Instead, you should consult your dentist. There are chances that the reason for the pain might be something else, so finding the root cause is important to start the treatment at an initial stage. This makes routine checkups mandatory.


With the help of the above dos and don’ts after tooth filling, you will be able to prevent the discomfort of dental filling and also protect your tooth filling and the tooth itself from any damage. Thus, taking good care of dental filling is important to maintain the health of your oral cavity. If it is avoided, there are high chances of facing any complications that can affect your general and oral health.

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Dr. Adarsh Pisharodi - Dentist at Oris Dental

Dr. Adarsh Pisharodi

Dr. Adarsh Pisharodi, serving as the principal dentist at Oris Dental, brings a wealth of expertise spanning over 26 years to his esteemed practice. Specializing in cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, and orthodontics, he takes immense pride in rejuvenating countless smiles and instilling confidence in Sunshine Coast residents. As an esteemed member of the Australian Dental Association and esteemed dental societies, he remains steadfast in delivering exceptional care to his patients.


Dr. Adarsh Pisharodi

Dr. Adarsh Pisharodi, serving as the principal dentist at Oris Dental, brings a wealth of expertise spanning over 26 years to his esteemed practice. Specializing in cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, and orthodontics, he takes immense pride in rejuvenating countless smiles and instilling confidence in Sunshine Coast residents. As an esteemed member of the Australian Dental Association and esteemed dental societies, he remains steadfast in delivering exceptional care to his patients.

Adarsh (Principal Dentist)


Adarsh (A-Dash) is the principal dentist at Oris Dental. Adarsh graduated as a dentist in 1996 from the University of Mumbai (Bombay, India). He entered private practice as an assistant dentist in one of the leading practices in Mumbai from 1996-2002. The practice offered all aspects of dentistry with the exception of Orthodontics. This prompted Adarsh to pursue a post graduate degree in Orthodontics and successfully completed the 3 year Full time the master’s program from University of Mumbai (Bombay, India) in 2005. Since then, Adarsh has been in private practice both as a general dentist and an orthodontist. He also served as teaching faculty at University in Mumbai for 3 yrs and when in India, he has been ‘the dentist’ to many dentists!! In 2008, Adarsh took the Australian Dental Council exam for direct recognition of his skill in Australia. He successfully completed the exams in the first attempt and moved to Australia early 2009. He has been in private practice in Australia since Jan 2009. Oris Dental was set up in Minyama in 2011. Oris Dental is now over 8 years old and is growing to be a well-respected practice in the area. He is particularly interested in Cosmetic dentistry Dental implants and Orthodontics. Adarsh hopes to use all the experience he has gained in the past 22 years, to offer the best in dentistry to all his patients in this practice. Adarsh believes in spreading smiles and has successfully designed smiles and in doing so improved the lives and self-confidence of many Sunshine Coast locals (Take a look at our Smile gallery!). Adarsh is an active member of the Australian Dental Association since 2009 He held the post of Senior Lecturer in Orthodontics in Mumbai University before moving to Australia. He is a Life member of the Indian Dental Association, serving as the General Secretary of the Association (Mumbai City Chapter) 2007-2009 He is Life member of the Indian Orthodontic Society. He is Candidate for Membership Examination MRACDS (Ortho) and plans to complete his membership exams soon. Adarsh is also currently pursuing his Diploma in Implant dentistry at the Royal College of Surgeons(Edinburgh). Adarsh has recently complete intensive training in implant placement and restoration in Neoss and TRI (Swiss) Implant system. He is married to Prachi for 15yrs and they have a 11 yr old son – Aarjav, a little daughter Aria who has just started prep and Daisy the mad Lab pup! He is currently learning to play Tennis and Badminton and loves watching the cricket!

Prachi (Owner/ Dentist)


Prachi is the director, part time dentist at Oris Dental. Prachi graduated in 2002 from Nair hospital dental college, Mumbai (Bombay, India), one of the leading dental schools in Asia. She then worked in multiple private practices across Mumbai (Bombay, India). While working as a dentist in various practices she picked up the positives from them and implemented them into this practice at Oris Dental. She is very friendly by nature and is particularly good at handling children, preventive dentistry and hygiene. Prachi moved to Australia in 2009. Prachi has there on completed her Australian Dental council exams successfully in early 2011 and is now ready to bring in her 12 years of experience to Oris Dental. Prachi also serves as a part time dentist at the Oral Health Services Sunshine Coast in Caloundra Kawana and Nambour as needed.

Davina (Dentist)


Davina has been a part of our family since 2014. After completing her bachelor’s degree from the University of Queensland, Davina has been in private practice in an around the Sunshine coast for a year before joining us full time. Davina shows exemplary skills in building a great relationship and rapport with her patients and is well regarded by her peers. Davina is very highly regarded by her current patients. Davina currently works 3 days a week.

Lise Slack (Dental Hygienist)

Lise Stack

Our dental hygienist Lise Slack is a trained member of the dental team who works together with your dentist in preventing gum diseases and dental decay.

Lise joined OrisDental in 2015 and has worked extensively in private specialist practices. She graduated from the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa in 1982 and has had specific training and exposure to an extensive range of periodontal conditions and treatment modalities.

Lise’s dad was a professor in dentistry and this is where her love of teeth comes from. She has invented two specialist oral care products which are available in Australia and several international countries. Lise has also lectured at international dental conferences on the maintenance of dental implants and how to help patients care for their teeth once they have contracted periodontitis.

Both adults and children can benefit from having an appointment with a dental hygienist as they are taught how dental diseases occur and how it can be prevented or managed.

Lise is married to Sam and they have two daughters. They value their family time and love adventurous outdoor sports.

Jesse (Dental Assistant)

Jesse (Dental Assistant)

Jess has been a part of Oris Dental from the outset in 2011. Always cheerful and welcoming Jess is the star amongst our patients at our practice. If you cannot find Jess in the practice she will be at the beach!


Kaela (Receptionist)

Debra (Receptionist)

Kaela arrived at our practice in early 2021. Coming from eight years of retail experience in Northern NSW, she loves working with people and assisting in any way she can. Kaela has also just finished her training as a dental assistant. You will immediately fall in love with her happy, bubbly personality.

Abby (Sr. Dental Assistant)

Abby (Dental Assistant)

Abby is originally from Hervey Bay, but she has been calling the Sunshine Coast home with her husband and two kids for the past four and a half years. Abby completed her cert III in dental assisting in 2015 and is looking to further her studies In the near future. Abby enjoys camping, playing guitar, and travelling
the world with her family.

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    Dr. Param Dass

    Dr. Param Dass

    Param Dass graduated with a Bachelor in Dentistry from the University of Otago, NZ in 2005. He went on to complete his Bachelor in Medicine from the University of Auckland NZ in 2010.

    Param started working part time in our practice since 2015 with special interest in surgical procedures including Dental implants and bone grafting procedures, Surgical extractions including Wisdom teeth and other minor surgical procedures.

    Param is well known for being gentle and caring in treating patients with dental anxiety and maintains a calm demeanour.

    He is also well trained in working with patients with various levels of anxiety, offering dental treatment under Happy Gas, Twilight sedation or under Full general anaesthetic.

    Dr. Brayden Fracchia

    Dr. Brayden Fracchia

    Brayden hails from North Queensland, having completed his Bachelor of Dental Surgery at JCU Cairns, practicing in Hobart and outreach dentistry from Mount Isa over the course of his studies. He has worked with us since 2020. Brayden enjoys becoming a part of a community and enjoys the outdoors and sport in his spare
    time. Having only recently moved to the beautiful Sunshine Coast, Brayden is enthusiastic and well versed in all aspects of basic general dentistry and looks forward to bringing North Queensland hospitality to the South East.



    Briar stated off as a trainee dental assistant in our practice mid-2020. She is the youngest member of our practice and is rapidly becoming an integral part of team Oris. Briar completed her Certificate 3 in our practice in 2021 and works full time Dental assistant at Oris Dental.



    Drew is Oris Dental’ newest member, who has only recently moved from his hometown of Rockhampton. He is our Oral Health Therapist, who specializes in oral health education, general check-ups, fillings and more!
    He loves a good chat and a laugh at work. He prioritizes patient’s comfort and likes to encourage an environment where everyone feels a sense of security and safety in the dental setting. When Drew isn’t at work you’ll find him having a refreshing swim at the beach or having his usual dirty chai at his local cafe.



    Jasmine joined our practice in November 2021 and works with our Oral Health Therapist Drew. Jasmine is new to dental assistance, however is quickly taking on any and all challenges that come her way! She loves animals, and spending quality time with her husband and two kids. Welcome to the team!



    Brooke is originally from Brisbane but has been living on the coast since 2017. She brings over 15 years of experience in the dental industry and has had the opportunity to work in London and Melbourne for the Royal Flying Doctors. Brooke enjoys surfing, scuba diving and exploring the many things that the Sunny Coast has to offer.

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