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Can I drink water after a tooth filling?

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Answered by

Dr. Bharat Joshi

Medically reviewed by

iCliniq medical review team

Published At November 30, 2020
Reviewed AtJune 15, 2021

Patient's Query

Hi doctor,

I went to the dentist. She told me that she would fill three teeth. But she found another decay in my canine tooth and filled it without telling me. There was no dark spot or anything on the tooth. I started to have sensitivity on that tooth after drinking cold or hot stuff and if I chew anything. I am worried whether she filled it wrongly or she did not remove the decay. She refilled it today and I drank some cold water to see for sensitivity. But I am worried if drinking cold water after filling can affect it. I am waiting for four weeks to see for sensitivity. Could drinking cold water or a drink after a filling (composite) affect the filling on the tooth? Will it affect in a bad way?

Answered by Dr. Bharat Joshi


Welcome to icliniq.com.

Drinking a liquid or eating a solid food after a composite filling has no effect on the restoration. If you feel any sensitivity, then there can be a pulpal exposure or a over filling. In both the cases, X-ray has to be taken. So, I suggest you to share the X-ray to confirm post restorative sensitivity.

The Probable causes

The cause is pulpal exposure or overfilling.

Investigations to be done

X-ray has to be taken.

Regarding follow up

I request you to please share an X-ray to have the right diagnosis.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Bharat Joshi
Dr. Bharat Joshi


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