What do I need to do until I’m able to see the dentist?
Losing a filling can be a traumatic experience, but is isn’t necessarily and emergency. You may notice a filling has come out when you feel something in your mouth that feels hard, like a rock, or your tongue feels a strange hole or other change to one of your teeth.
1) Remove the filling from your mouth.
In general it is safe to discard your filling, it will most likely not fit where it was originally placed anymore. If you can’t find the filling and think that you swallowed it, don’t worry. It should pass naturally and not cause you any harm.
There are some common reasons for a filling to come loose and fall out. These include:
- An older filling that has weakened over time.
- A weaker filling material (some fillings are not meant to last forever).
- Teeth grinding and clenching can cause a filling to become loose over time.
- Chewing on hard items can cause a filling to chip and dislodge.
- The filling being hit at a strange angle and dislodging during a meal can occur.
- New tooth decay under the filling can cause it to loosen.
2) Call the dentist.
We will set up an appointment to fix the issue as quickly as possible. Although this isn’t an emergency, you will want to get the problem fixed quickly. In the meantime, there are a few things that you can do to make yourself more comfortable.
- Use clove oil or an oral pain reliever (such as anbesol) to avoid discomfort. Over the counter pain medicine (Tylenol, Advil, Aspirin) will help ease discomfort too.
- Avoid chewing with the damaged tooth.
- Make sure to clean the area well after eating.
- Rinse after every meal with warm salt water.
- Temporary filling material containing zinc-oxide can sometimes be found over the counter to cover the spot until your appointment.
Once you get to our office for your appointment, we will be able to take over. Make sure you tell us exactly what happened, and what steps you took to protect your tooth when you come in. From there we will be able to fix any damage, remove any additional decay, and replace your filling. If you have any questions or are worried that it could be a more serious problem, feel free to call Richview Family Dentistry.
At Richview Family Dentistry in Clarksville, TN. we are committed to providing the best possible dental care for you and your family. From our dentists to our hygienists to the office staff who greet you at the front desk, we want you to have an exceptional experience every step of the way!