If your filling falls out, it can be scary and even painful. However, it is important not to panic or worry unnecessarily, as there are steps that you can take to address this situation and get your filling replaced as quickly as possible. One of the best things you can do in this situation is to schedule a dentist appointment as soon as possible.
What Is a Filling?
A filling is a small plaster-like structure that is used to restore the shape and size of a decayed tooth. Fillings are often made from materials such as porcelain, gold or composite resin, depending on what will best accommodate your particular needs. Fillings are typically used to replace removed decay.
Why Your Filling Fell Out
There are several reasons why your filling may have fallen out. One common reason is tooth decay in between the tooth and the filling, causing the filling to loosen over time. Another possible cause is the tooth fracturing around the filling, causing a portion of the tooth to break off, and releasing the filling from where it is set in the tooth.
If you have suffered from tooth decay or another related dental problem in the past, this can increase your risk of experiencing a lost or damaged filling in the future.
What To Do If Your Filling Falls Out
There are things that you can do at home when a filling is lost. The most important thing to do is schedule a dental appointment; however, until this can be done, you should follow these steps:
- Securely store the filling: If you have lost the filling, the first thing to do is store it away so that you can provide it to the dentist during your appointment.
- Clean the affected area gently: Losing a filling means a newly exposed area that could hold food debris, gently brush around the area and be sure to avoid any areas that cause you pain.
- Use dental wax or temporary filling: Until your appointment, you can use dental wax or temporary dental cement to protect the exposed tooth structure. This can be found in most pharmacies.
- Avoid pressure: When eating, try to avoid putting any pressure on the area of the exposed tooth; avoid foods that result in a lot of chewing. By putting pressure on the affected area, you could cause chipping or weakening of the tooth.
What to Expect at a Dental Appointment for a Lost Filling
During the appointment, your dentist will first assess the tooth to see if there is any damage that needs to be repaired. This can include a dental X-ray and visual examination.
Several different dental procedures can be used to repair a filling that falls out, depending on various factors such as the extent of damage and the material that was originally used to fill your tooth. Some common procedures include placement of an inlay, application of a crown, or replacing the filling. Your dentist will be able to discuss the best treatment options for your specific situation and help you feel confident in your ability to address this issue and maintain healthy teeth in the future.
Contact The Dental Space About Your Lost Filling Today
If you are experiencing a lost filling, it is important to seek professional dental care as soon as possible. At your appointment, your dentist will evaluate the damage to your tooth and discuss treatment options with you.
Call The Dental Space family dentistry clinic today, at 512-667-9770, to schedule an appointment or fill out our online form. Many dental insurance plans are accepted, and we offer several different payment options to our patients.
Our office is located at 1101 Thorpe Ln, Suite 101, just off IH 35 in the Springtown Center Shopping Mall, to patients in San Marcos, TX, and surrounding areas.