Dental fillings can fall out for a variety of reasons:
Whatever the cause, losing your restoration can be a bothersome sensation.
Here’s what to do if you experience this dental emergency.
Call a Dentist
Most dental offices can see you right away to address your emergency since they leave time in their schedule for cases like this each day. Call an office nearby to find out how soon they can see you.
When You Have to Wait
If you’re unable to see a dentist ASAP for any reason, the most important thing you can do is protect your tooth.
Avoid chewing on the side of your mouth with the tooth that’s missing a filling. Biting down on a weak tooth that has a hole in it increases the risk of it breaking even more.
Look for an emergency tooth repair kit in a drugstore. These kits contain a temporary dental cement. You can safely apply this cement yourself to protect and strengthen your tooth until you’re able to get the tooth properly repaired.
What if It Hurts?
A missing filling doesn’t automatically equal a toothache. But it’s normal for teeth to be sensitive after a filling falls out and leaves behind a gaping hole.
Here, too, a temporary filling will help insulate the exposed tooth nerves. A topical anesthetic can also aid in dulling pain.
Talk with your dentist to find out what you can do to keep your dental restorations snug in your teeth for as long as possible.
Posted on behalf of:
Dunwoody Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
1816 Independence Square, Suite B
Dunwoody, GA 30338
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