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

Dec
17

Dental Emergencies over the Holidays

A dental emergency typically happens when you least expect it, and at times when it’s difficult to get to your dentist. With all of the holiday travel throughout this time of the year, it’s not uncommon for you or someone you know to experience a toothache or emergency when they’re out of town visiting family and friends.

The first thing to do when you experience a toothache or other dental emergency is to contact your normal dental provider. Let them know exactly which tooth it is, what happened, and what your symptoms are. Even if it’s after hours, most dentists will have an emergency dentist who is on-call to address emergency calls from existing patients, although you may be required to leave a message with call back number first. This allows the team to access your dental records and know if there are any underlying causes that can be contributing to the emergency, if applicable.

If you have broken a tooth, place the broken tooth enamel into a glass of water or milk as soon as possible. Do not attempt to clean the tooth off! Call your dentist, or if you are out of town you may attempt to contact a friend or relative’s dentist who is in the area. Bring the broken piece of tooth with you.

Many emergencies are due to not having a cavity fixed, and the decay spreading or causing an abscess in your mouth later on. The best way to prevent these type of emergencies is by having dental treatment completed as early as possible, when decay is at its smallest. Unfortunately, cavities cannot go away on their own, so treatment early on will keep them smaller and easier to care for.

Posted on behalf of Group Health Dental

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