You’re out of town on a Friday night, and you suddenly feel something weird inside of your mouth. You slide your tongue over your teeth, and one of them suddenly feels sharp and rough. Once you make your way over to a mirror to see what happened, you take a look and realize – your filling has fallen out.
What should you do if a filling falls out? First off – don’t panic. There isn’t a need to try to find the old portion of the filling, because your dentist will not bond it back into place. But, you also don’t want to ignore the whole situation.
The first thing to do is call your dentist. Let them know which tooth is affected. That way they can pull up your records to see how large the filling actually is, and check out x-rays to see if there may be any other complications.
Try not to chew on that tooth. Avoid food on that side of your mouth and chew only on the opposite side. If possible, pick up “temporary” cement or a filling repair kit at the grocery store to patch the area. This will not return function to the tooth, but it will help block out food and minimize discomfort.
Get to your dentist as soon as possible. Your dentist will need to re-prep the area and place a new filling immediately. This will return normal function to your tooth, prevent infection from spreading, and help you avoid complications like abscesses or tooth fractures.
Don’t put your smile needs off – call your dentist as soon as you experience an emergency like a broken filling.
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