Cavities are one of the most common dental issues that people face. If you have recently started getting a lot of shooting pain in your mouth when you chew or bite down on anything, then you probably have a cavity. But what is a cavity? A cavity is a hole in your tooth that is caused by poor dental hygiene. Once there is a hole in your tooth, it exposes your dental root, which can make it painful for you to chew or bite down. To fill the hole, most dentists use dental fillings to fill the hole and cover it so that you can function like normal again. But, how can you recover after you have a cavity filled? 

Ice Your Cheeks

If you experience any swelling after you have your dental filling put into place, then make sure that you put some soft gel ice packs on your cheeks. These will help to get rid of swelling in a natural way so that you don't have to take too many pills. Additionally, the coldness from the pack will also help your face feel a little bit better overall. 


In addition to swelling, if you feel any pain in your mouth after you have had your filling placed, then you can take non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen. Not only will ibuprofen help to cut the pain but it's non-addicting as well, which means that it doesn't pose a risk for you. Just make sure that you take the recommended amount and that you consult your doctor before you start taking it. 

Watch What You Eat

If your mouth is a little tender and sore after you have had your cavity filled, then make sure that you watch what you eat; the good news is, you should only have to do this for a few days. Try to avoid foods that are hard to chew like steak and beef jerky because they may exacerbate the issue. Instead, try to eat softer foods like shredded chicken, smoothies, and mashed potatoes. 

The good news about having your cavity filled is that for the most part, it's a very easy recovery. If you want to learn more about dental fillings or dental filing recovery tips, then make sure you consult with your dentist before the process even begins. Remember that the more informed you are, the easier it will be to recover. 

Reach out to a local dentist to find out more