Dental Tips Blog

Jan
6

What if My Filling Comes Out?

Posted in Fillings

It’s definitely a little scary to suddenly find a piece of your filling in your hand! When this happens, what can you do? And who should you blame?

A new dental filling is not likely to come loose soon after it’s placed. Metal fillings are mechanically locked within the shape of the tooth and white or tooth colored fillings bind to teeth. Fresh fillings are strong. When a filling does come out, it’s usually an old one.

In any case, when your filling comes out, the main concern is protecting your tooth. You can sometimes find a temporary cement at your local drugstore to fill in the spot until you can get help. The most important step is see your dentist as soon as possible.

Why Did it Fall Out?

There are two big reasons that fillings come out:

  1. The tooth or filling itself is fractured
  2. There is a new area of decay developing under where the filling was

Unfortunately, no dental restoration will last forever. With time, all fillings are prone to wear or developing another cavity. If your filling has lasted you at least 10 years, then it’s done its job well!

Protect Your Fillings

Make your fillings last as long as possible by maintaining excellent oral hygiene. A steady supply of fluoride products will strengthen the tooth enamel around it. If you have a grinding or clenching habit, it will definitely affect your restorations, so consider getting a nightguard or splint.

When a filling comes out, you may not feel anything. But even if it doesn’t bother you, don’t let it go untreated. See your dentist soon to have the tooth looked at before it breaks apart even further.

Posted on behalf of:
Soft Touch Dentistry
1214 Paragon Dr
O’Fallon, IL 62269
(618) 622-5050

Jan
25

Can You Pull a Filling or Crown Out When You Floss?

Posted in Crowns

Permanent crowns and fillings are cemented and bonded to your teeth to last for a long time. One question many people ask, is if their crown or filling will fall out if they floss around them?

As with your natural teeth, flossing should be a part of your daily oral hygiene routine with crowns and fillings to prevent cavities and gum disease between your teeth.   If the crown and filling are in good condition and are correctly attached, it would be very difficult for fillings and crowns to fall out with flossing.

When New Decay is Present

On the other hand, if there is decay under a crown or filling and it causes the restoration to become loose, then flossing could potentially cause a crown or a filling to come out.

Temporary Restorations

Another consideration when it comes to flossing restorations is flossing around temporary fillings and crowns.  There is a much greater chance of removing temporary restorations when flossing because they are not as strongly bonded or cemented to the teeth like permanent restorations are.  To prevent the temporary crown or filling from falling out when flossing, pull the floss out sideways instead of pulling up when removing the floss.

Does Something Feel “Not Quite Right?”

In any case, you should always floss your teeth at least once a day and don’t be afraid to floss because of restorations possibly falling out.  If you have flossed your teeth and you think you might have pulled a crown or a filling out with dental floss, contact your dentist immediately to have your teeth examined.  Your dentist will be able to determine whether or not your restoration has fallen out and what treatment you would need thereafter.

Posted on behalf of:
Green Dental of Alexandria
1725 Duke St
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 549-1725

Feb
3

Why Does That Filling Keep Popping Out?

Posted in Fillings

Have you ever had a filling done that just seems to keep falling out or popping off for no reason at all? You’re taking good care of your teeth, eat right and don’t have any cavities – what could be causing it? There is actually a very logical explanation why your filling constantly needs to be replaced, and there are some simple steps that you can take to keep it from happening again.

Uncontrolled clenching and grinding will cause flexion and tension to your teeth. Even though tooth enamel is extremely strong, it can still become susceptible to overuse and stresses that are more than what are used during everyday biting and chewing. Bruxism (clenching and grinding) not only causes abnormal wear, fractures, or chipping in the enamel – it can also cause fillings to break or even pop off of the tooth.

So what can you do to stop it? The first step is having your dentist check your occlusal patterns to see if certain areas are getting more wear than others. If you have crowding or an irregular bite, it might be worth discussing orthodontic therapy to correct your bite and lengthen the lifetime of your smile. If stress from everyday life is making you clench or grind your teeth, it’s worth your time to invest in a custom fitted occlusal guard or bite splint. Wearing a splint prevents the teeth from clenching against each other while also training the jaws to rest when they ought to be.

The modest investment that you make in a bite splint will save you hundreds to thousands of dollars in dental care later on. If you suspect that you’re beginning to suffer wear, it’s time to have your smile checked by your dentist.

Posted on behalf of:
Springhill Dental Health Center
4620 Spring Hill Ave
Mobile, AL 36608
(251) 343-1521

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