Dental Tips Blog

Jan
29

Here’s The Real Reason Your Filling Fell Out

You went to turn on the kitchen sink when suddenly the faucet fell off. You simply backed your car out of the garage when that clunking sound started up. It took only two bites of a burger for your filling to completely pop out of your tooth.

Do you see a pattern in these events that plague all of us at one time or another?

Problems can seem to come up out of the blue at the most inconvenient times. But quite often, these “unexpected” events started out long before you noticed them.

It takes a mechanic who really knows cars to let you know that your wheel bearing issue started weeks ago. Likewise, a dentist knows that it takes a good deal of time for a filling to come loose.

Dental restorations like fillings only come loose under certain conditions:

  • A cavity has started underneath or the margin is starting to leak
  • You should have gotten a much stronger dental crown in place of the filling
  • Your filling is experiencing an unusual amount of wear (i.e., you have a habit of grinding your teeth)

This means that if your filling comes out, it probably had a problem that began quite some time ago. You can’t blame a loose filling on getting a dental cleaning or eating soup.

So what should you do in the event of an unexpected dental emergency?

Lost fillings can be replaced with a temporary cement found at your local drugstore. This will protect the hole in the tooth. Next, visit your dentist as soon as possible to see what can be done.

You can avoid losing a filling altogether by getting regular smile checkups. Schedule your appointment today.

Posted on behalf of:
Elegant Smiles
1955 Cliff Valley Way NE #100
Brookhaven, GA 30329
404-634-4224

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