When Your Dental Filling Falls Out
Did you lose your dental filling? Maybe you have had your dental filling for several years or maybe you’ve just crunched down on something too hard. Regardless, it can be unsettling and even uncomfortable to realize that your filling is no longer where it should be. Rest assured that losing a dental filling is one of the most common dental emergencies, and one that is easily and quickly treated. Here are some answers to common questions you may have:
Why Did It Fall Out?
A filling can fall out or become dislodged due to a variety of reasons. It could be from a teeth grinding habit, bacteria invasion into the margins of the filling, or due to the simple fact that the restoration has outlived its lifespan and needs replacement.
Do I Need To Replace it?
Yes! A lost filling always needs to be treated and restored. The structure of your tooth is compromised without a filling. Whether it fell out completely or just got chipped, you could end up needing a root canal or even lose your tooth if it is not addressed. It is not uncommon to feel pain or sensitivity where the filling came out, which is what brings some patients into the office sooner rather later.
How Do I Prevent It From Happening Again?
One of the most important things you can do to ensure you aren’t caught off guard with a lost filling is to see your dentist on a regular basis. At Grand Oaks Dental Care, we can check your fillings to see if there are any open margins or areas of uneven wear that could indicate a problem. Maintaining proper oral hygiene at home is also crucial to prevent bacteria and plaque accumulation that could cause decay and disrupt the filling margins. Lastly, avoid bad oral habits such as nail biting or ice crunching to protect your teeth and your fillings.
Remember your dental filling is designed to last for many years, but it is not invincible. At Grand Oaks Dental Care, we will do everything we can to help you preserve your dental restorations for as long as possible. If you do experience a lost or chipped filling, please give us a call immediately. We reserve time in our daily schedules to address all types of dental emergencies.
Grand Oaks Dental Care
Ocala, FL 34471