Do you have upcoming dental treatment? You may be wondering, “How long do I wait to eat after dental treatment?” In most cases you may eat right away. However, it is always recommended to be careful as you may be numb! Often dental professionals recommend that you eat, or chew, with the side that is not numb to avoid potential injury to your tongue, lips, or cheek.

With most dental procedures you do not have to wait to eat, rather proceed with caution to avoid injuring yourself. Numbing usually lasts for about 2 hours, so you will want to be cautious when eating or drinking during this time. However, after some dental services such as sealants, your dentist may advise you to refrain from eating or drinking for thirty minutes, even though you may not be numb. This allows the sealant to cure and set up, making it the most effective.

How long do I wait to eat after dental fillings? Filling material cures while the patient is being treated. Therefore, the material is as hard as it will get, and the patient is able to eat right away. Again, you may still be numb, so it is best to be careful when eating or drinking for roughly 2 hours after your fillings. In most cases your dentist will specify if you need to wait to eat or drink following a dental procedure. If you are unsure, you may ask your dentist to confirm.