Did you have a filling fall out? While it’s rather surprising, don’t panic! It’s rarely an emergency, but it may be painful because the exposed tooth tissue will be sensitive to air, pressure, and hot and cold temperatures. Fillings coming out can results from eating, brushing, or flossing, and can easily be fixed by your dentist. You will want to act quickly as the interior of your tooth will now be exposed to bacteria and food particles. Below are some tips to prevent further damage.
What to Do if Your Filling Fell Out
- Remove the filling from your mouth.
- Call your dentist’s office. We offer emergency dental services that can assist you on the same day or within 24 hours.
- Gently brush your teeth.
- Ask your dentist if you can use dental wax to fill the void temporarily.
- Take a pain reliever if you’re in pain.
- Avoid chewing on the side where the filling fell out.
A filling can fall out for various reasons, including decay developing in the surrounding area, biting on something hard, or teeth grinding. They can also come loose and fall out over time from regular chewing and saliva, which can loosen the bonding.
Visit Dental Arts San Diego
If you had a filling fall out, we recommend scheduling a visit with us as soon as possible. To keep fillings intact, we advise our patients to regularly floss, brush, and have professional cleanings twice a year. It’s also best to avoid biting hard objects like nuts, ice, hard candy, and pencils. You can schedule an appointment over the phone at (619) 444-1001 or get in touch through our website contact form.