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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

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